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May 08, 2016


Tonight, Wed, June 1st at 6:30pm> High Density Housing Celebration!

I know, Joe prefers to not post community events here.

However, now that you understand the positives and negatives of "Regionalism" via ABAG, "The Grand Boulevard Initiative", "High Density Housing", "High Speed Rail", etc, you might be interested to attend tonight's meeting in Burlingame to hear and discuss the official party line. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Party_line_(politics)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
City of Burlingame
Recreation Center Auditorium
850 Burlingame Ave

Join us as we host spring Plan Bay Area open houses in each of the Bay Area's nine counties!

Help chart the path for your community by participating in this critical, collaborative planning process.
Plan Bay Area is a roadmap to help Bay Area cities and counties preserve the character of our diverse communities while adapting to the challenges of future population growth. Our upcoming open houses will provide context for this vital planning effort and seek your input to help shape the future of your county and the Bay Area as a whole.
For more details, contact [email protected] or call (510) 817-5757. For transit information, visit 511.org.


This is OK by me (as a comment). I would be great to get a follow-up comment on how it went. I have a business meeting, so cannot make it.


Speaking of "the salaries Caltrain is paying", here are a couple of excerpts from today's DJ:

After two years on the job, the county’s top transit leader is now earning nearly $500,000 in total compensation including benefits following an annual raise and performance bonus. An attorney and former Redwood City mayor, this year Hartnett received a 3.5 percent raise, $50,000 performance bonus and an extension to his five-year employment contract.

But (Morris) Brown, the Menlo Park resident, said he took particular issue with Hartnett’s $50,000 performance payment, suggesting it’s been a rocky year for Caltrain. Brown noted the rail agency’s pending litigation with a contractor over installation of its federally-mandated new control system; and the estimated $20 million cost of extending electrification contracts due to the Federal Transit Administration deferring a grant decision.

- See more at: http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/lnews/2017-04-20/countys-top-transit-official-now-earns-nearly-500000-caltrain-ta-samtrans-leader-jim-hartnett-receives-raise-bonus-with-other-benefits/1776425179050.html#sthash.JgnbQb9m.dpuf

The Post article on Hartnett's salary was more explicit on the litigation:

"Hartnett received the bonus and raise despite a lawsuit filed against Caltrain in March by a contractor on a federally-mandated safety project who claims it was unable to get its job done because of disarray and confusion at the railroad."

Some close observers believe that there is a scarcity of actual railroad operations experience at Caltrain and as the lawsuit unfolds, there may be some details about that since no big contractor like Parsons Transportation Group wants to be known for suing its clients.

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