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January 30, 2013



Slight correction: CC-HSR isn't a party to the lawsuit itself, they are just helping search out additional funding.


With the governor nipping at environmental protections under CEQA, a $5,000 investment in upholding the integrity of 1A, and the intent of voters that supported it, seems like a good idea to me. Unfortunately, most people in Burlingame think this issue is either dead, or a done deal--it is neither. So sad, as we sit on the brink of creating a beautiful and alluring downtown district that stands to suffer under any number of scenarios. For the next several years the project will be shrouded by Caltrain, making it potentially even more insidious for Burlingame and many other Peninsula cities.


If the elders have any sense they will authorize $10,000 and really send a message.


A SacBee article on forecasting the state's political future includes this little clip on high-cost rail:

however long it takes to complete California's high-speech rail – a.k.a. Brown's little engine that could. The problem isn't the need for "I think I can" optimism. It's what the rail project can't – give honest answers as to its cost, financing, ridership and land acquisition. It's a puzzle for a Brown biographer to piece together: why this governor, so firmly embedded in California political reality, is so enamored of a rail project with so many glaring flaws.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/02/01/5156984/forecasting-states-changing-political.html#storylink=cpy


If anyone is headed up north, it's worth checking out the raised tracks and wall configuration being built in the vicinity of San Mateo Avenue, in San Bruno--literally a wall splicing the city in two. Even the San Carlos type of iteration (splitting the difference, part up part down) still creates a fortification look - I think this would be a very undesirable outcome for Burlingame.

pat giorni

I have just mailed my contribution to support this most important lawsuit and encourage you all to do the same. If every household opposed to HSR being built on the Caltrain right of way would send as little as $10, we could certainly match what is being asked from Council.

Remember, we are not joining a lawsuit to stop the HSR project, but are contributing costs to a lawsuit that seeks to uphold the provisions of Proposition 1A and the HSR that we voted for. The court is our last chance at seeking relief because the Legislature did not do its job when it voted to violate its own strictures last year.

Make your check to CCHSRA and write Prop 1A litigation on the memo line.

Send to:
Hanford, Ca 93232


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