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June 24, 2005

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al

I look forward to some pro-Galliganite telling us how you buy something that isn't for sale.

Raymond

If it isn't up for sale, why is Mr. Galligan suggesting the city purchase the train station. I called Cal Train and asked about the various closed train stations along the rail corridor. According to Cal Train there are two other closed stations that are being leased to the local city. Cal Train has never sold a station to a local city, but they are willing to engage in a conditional lease agreement so the building can be used. Cal Train knows that several of the stations have a historical value and they are willing to help support the local history. I asked the Cal Train representative why Cal Train will not sell their property he said these stations are part of the right of way and Cal Train does not know what the future holds but there are plans to expand the number of tracks, so they want to maintain control over the property.

Smith

How can the city buy something that isn't for sale? Anything is negotiable. The Supreme Court ruling yesterday basically gives cities broad use of eminent domian.

How is the city to build a centennial plaza if they do not own the property?

I didn't get the impression he was saying buy it now?, just that it is in the city's long-term interest to take ownership. If this is the case, there may be things we can do in the short term which would better lay the groundwork for an eventual purchase or transfer. This may be even more important if we think that taking ownership may involve the use of eminent domain a history of paying for capital improvements may weigh in the city's favour if it ever came to that.

Raymond good info from Caltrain. Seems to me that their position is an example of why we may prefer city ownership. If we want to use it for a museum, but Caltrain decides they would rather close it or move it (e.g. for a future track expansion), I'd prefer local control. Also, I'm a bit surprised to hear that the station is on the track right of way is the station closer to the tracks than the donut shop?

Walfredo

"I asked the Cal Train representative why Cal Train will not sell their property he said these stations are part of the right of way and Cal Train does not know what the future holds but there are plans to expand the number of tracks."

Can you imagine if caltrain tore down the station for more tracks? Based off this statement alone the city needs to buy the station.

Jenn

Then wouldn't the land around it need to be purchased, as well. I sure don't see that as anything JPB would consider.

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