Menlo Park did not renew the contract of a lobbyist representing the city’s interests the controversial high-speed rail debate at the state legislature. Officials have not named a replacement.
Last month, a Superior Court Judge dismissed a lawsuit to block California’s high-speed train from running along the Caltrain route five years after the plaintiffs first sued to halt the project.
Months before its construction was supposed to begin, California’s high-speed rail project hit big roadblocks. Michael Brady, a Menlo Park resident, is one of the most vocal opponents to the project.
High-speed rail is one of President Obama’s priorities, but Northern California debates continue. According to Stanford earth science students, high-speed trains are only eco-friendly if full.
The San Carlos Transit Village – the housing and retail development near a train station – worries some east San Carlos residents. They fear the 50-foot buildings will eliminate neighborhood views and amplify train sounds.
The El Palo Alto historic tree may threaten the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s plans to construct the high-speed rail line. Widening the tracks puts the tree in jeopardy.
Palo Alto residents fear high-speed rail will destroy the El Palo Alto “Heritage Tree.”
Stanford University economist Alain Enthoven has made a career of fighting wasteful spending in the public and private sectors. Recently, he published a report lining out the financial ramifications of the high-speed rail project, concluding that it will most likely never be profitable.
Approved by voters in 2008, the California high-speed rail project has faced opposition from several communities in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The new chief executive officer of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, Roelof van Ark, made his first public speech in the region on Sept. 29 in San Jose. He promoted the project’s benefits and said the authority needs to do a better job of communicating its message to opponents on the Peninsula. Leaders in towns such as Palo Alto and Menlo Park, which are suing the authority, are still not convinced.