Last night the B'game City Council voted to contribute $5,000 to a lawsuit that seeks to ensure that the High-cost Rail Authority does what it is supposed to do regarding spending Our Money. Unfortunately, said lawsuit is necessary since the dolts at the Authority cannot comprehend or comply with the simple written English provisions of Prop 1A. Voting for the donation: Mayor Ann Keighran, Vice Mayor Michael Brownrigg and Councilwoman Cathy Baylock. Voting against: Councilmembers Jerry Deal and Terry Nagel.
You would think this would be a slam-dunk 5-0 vote with the only discussion being whether to up the donation, but it wasn't. Terry Nagel has been a massive disappointment on the whole High-cost Rail issue for quite awhile so this confused "no" vote is just par for the course. But Jerry Deal appears to be swaying away from what is best for B'game and the question around town is "Why?" I'll be seeing him this weekend and plan to ask him directly. I'll let you know if I get anything but handwaving about Caltrain electrification being so damn important.