7061 East Pleasant Valley Road, Independence, Ohio 44131 • (216) 241-2630 / Fax: (216) 241-6516

Membership
Benefits
News and Issues
Departments
Information
Secretary-Treasurer
Merchandise
Communications
FELA
Events
Links
User Info

Calif. high-speed rail meeting's structure rankles local leaders

(The following story by Jessica Bernstein-Wax appeared on the Daily News website on April 9, 2010.)

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Peninsula and other Bay Area residents packed a standing-room-only California High-Speed Rail Authority meeting in San Jose on Thursday, and waited eagerly for officials to unveil a preliminary analysis detailing how bullet trains may run between San Jose and San Francisco.

But some were chagrined when after more than three hours of discussion of other agenda items, only about one hour remained for two presentations and public comment on the long-anticipated alternatives analysis reports for the San Francisco-San Jose and Merced-Fresno routes. Members of the public had only a minute each to speak on the items because the rail authority board could only stay in the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors' chambers until 1:30 p.m.

The report "wasn't online beforehand and then there wasn't time for many of the public to comment," Atherton Council Member Jerry Carlson said after the meeting. "You kind of wonder if it wasn't planned that way, but maybe they wouldn't have had time for anything else. Why they had to leave the room at 1:30, I don't know."

Menlo Park Mayor Rich Cline said he is sympathetic to the problem of meetings running long but noted that Thursday wasn't the first day a local controversy appeared at the end of a high-speed rail agenda.

"It was in our area, so it would make sense to have more local issues up top for people to take part in," Cline said. "When you bring it to a local site, you've got to assume you're going to have more people."

The rail authority always puts reports at the start of the agenda, and the meeting ran later than usual in part because of a large amount of public comment at the beginning, rail authority Deputy Director Jeff Barker said. He added that another meeting was slated to begin in the room at 1:30 p.m.


Friday, April 9, 2010

Like us on Facebook at
Facebook.com/BLETNational

Sign up for BLET News Flash Alerts

© 1997-2019 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

 


Decertification Helpline
(216) 694-0240

Sign up for BLET
News Flash Alerts

DAILY HEADLINES

AAR reports rail traffic for the week ending April 13, 2019
Union Pacific reports Q1 2019 results
Kansas City Southern’s Q1 2019 net profit jumped 16 percent
PTC: Fifty years later, a lifesaving technology that could have saved over 300 lives inches toward completion
California port truck drivers awarded over $1.2 million for wage theft
Union Pacific VP Rynaski sells $1.496 million in company stock
Metra to start building 2 new Chicago stations after getting state funds
Transport Canada announces funding for rail safety improvements
Amtrak supporters appeal for funding for Hoosier State line
Q&A: Comparison of benefits under Railroad Retirement and Social Security
Get the latest labor news from the Teamsters

More Headlines