Yesterday's Daily Post had an article about CEO Jim Hartnett's "sweeping reorganization" of SamTrans and Caltrain including the news that former "chief executive officer of public affairs" Mark Simon will become the "senior advisor for strategic initiatives. Simon will focus on identifying 'a dedicated funding source for Caltrain and working towards a regional consensus to support it' according to an agency press release."
The agency is considering a tax which could potentially hit the ballot in 2016.
In related news -- because the monies are all related -- the city newsletter announced
CA High-Speed Rail Open House
Wednesday, October 7 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Burlingame Auditorium at 850 Burlingame Ave
The California High-Speed Rail Authority will present information on the statewide program and provide information about the next phase of planning and environmental review. For more information go to www.hsr.ca.gov or call (408) 277-1086 or email email@example.com
We'll get more information on whatever the CHSRA wants to alert us to, but it can't be good. One local wag noted elsewhere that
What good is a pyramid scheme, without going back to the well periodically to squeeze out a few more drops? HSR is coming back to Burlingame for an Open House. 3 full hours of goodness knows what. I guess that means 3 hours, billable to the taxpayers for maybe 8-10 people on the “HSR payroll”. Maybe they’ll take their cue from Caltrans by making it easy on themselves: Posters to hide behind, and no program.
Bottom line: If Caltrain wants "regional consensus" to support a new tax it should cut its high-cost rail apron strings.