LaMalfa wants to halt high speed rail...

LaMalfa wants to halt high speed rail project

There are 14 comments on the Chico Enterprise-Record story from Jan 20, 2011, titled LaMalfa wants to halt high speed rail project. In it, Chico Enterprise-Record reports that:

Sen. Doug LaMalfa is introducing state legislation that intends to put the brakes on the California high speed rail project.

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Paul B

London, UK

#1 Jan 20, 2011
Why is the Reason Foundation report getting so much press coverage? Can you get a more lopsided, extreme "think tank"?
HSR

Antioch, CA

#2 Jan 20, 2011
We are not going to let some hick from up in the hills stop high-speed rail for the 90% of Californians that it will serve in the metro areas.. How about we tear up the roads for these counties that have a population the same as some neighborhood in Los Angeles? NO this is pure grandstand political games.
Functional Decline

Chico, CA

#3 Jan 20, 2011
High speed rail is a good idea. Just not a good idea right now, and the current proposed project, linking Bakersfield to Visalia, (or whatever) reeks of rotten pork.

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#4 Jan 20, 2011
Ya for LaMalfa, one of us north state hicks that do not want another high speed avenue, as is I5, for southern Californians to bring their drugs, there "undesirables" up north to swamp Chico with government subsidized low income housing developments along with crime and the burden that would have come with them.
Thank you Doug LaMalfa for curbing the out of control liberal democrats government spending.
Harbor Master

Chico, CA

#7 Jan 20, 2011
Attaboy, Doug! Let's keep the U.S. in the second tier of industrialized countries when it comes to transportation. Take a look at Western European nations, and Japan, who all have high-speed rail. Their pollution is so much lower than ours, and people actually ENJOY traveling while they relax rather than battling other imbeciles on overcrowded roads.

But our boy Doug would love to keep driving his oversized F-350 with its 14 cup holders, spewing untold tons of exhaust into the air. That's the American way!

Say you don't suppose Doug is receiving "encouragement" on this from the oil industry, do you?? How cynical of me to think that. If there are fewer cars on the road and jets in the air because more people are taking the train, wouldn't that mean ... LESS REVENUE for the big petroleum companies?

Naaaaahhhh ....
Plain Tired

Oroville, CA

#8 Jan 20, 2011
Yea more union jobs.Sounds great then when its all done we will be looking at pouring money into it just like we do the post office and Amtrack.By the way how many riders have you seen on our tax funded bus lines running up and down the county?

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#9 Jan 20, 2011
Chico's local freebie government bus system is pretty much empty of riders most of the time! Look in the windows people. It is a waste of tax dollars, tax dollars subsidizing the college.
I am totally against having two full trains coming north and one empty one pulling the second one back to LA twice a day. Hauling Latino drugs north. What is so important, what is so necessary about "Fast"?
Just expediting the take over of California by Mexico. Like Hitler used the Autobahn to invade France with in WWII.
NO HIGH SPEED RAIL THANK YOU.
In fact we would all be better off grounding the airplanes all over the earth. Stopping the spread of disease.
Three cheers for the Amish. Walk a little.
Data

Chico, CA

#10 Jan 20, 2011
This high speed rail can only benefit residents of northern california who don't want to fly or who don't live by airports. People in Eureka, Redding, etc. deserve a fast way to get to southern california since it is expensive to fly from there. Why do we elect people like La Malfa who don't represent our best interests? What is he doing for Northern California? We get no money for roads or improvements but plenty of money for rice subsidies.
Functional Decline

Chico, CA

#11 Jan 20, 2011
Data wrote:
This high speed rail can only benefit residents of northern california who don't want to fly or who don't live by airports. People in Eureka, Redding, etc. deserve a fast way to get to southern california since it is expensive to fly from there. Why do we elect people like La Malfa who don't represent our best interests? What is he doing for Northern California? We get no money for roads or improvements but plenty of money for rice subsidies.
If so, the let the first leg of this project run from Redding to Sac, rather than the through Raisin Capital of the World.

verdad??
Jamison Wieser

San Francisco, CA

#12 Jan 20, 2011
Any discussion of costs needs to be considered in context: high-speed rail wasn't the only option to meet California's growing transportation needs, but the alternative of expanding roads and airports would run around triple.

Over the weekend, the Japanese government offered to provide 50% of the funding for California high-speed rail because high-speed rail is a proven technology and not some fanciful experiment. Here in America, Amtrak's high-speed Acela service has proven profitable and now carries 37% of travelers between Boston and New York.

Instead of opposing high-speed rail altogether, Senator LaMalfa should get involved and make sure Calfornians don't end up paying any more than we need to.
grace

Chico, CA

#13 Jan 20, 2011
La malfa seems to think the fed- welfare dollars that he gets every year are just fine. Welfare farmers should grow food not rice and cotton to sell at less than cost to grow.The high speed rails are over seas in many counties and used by millions of happy travelers. The trips just to Disney land and back would probably make millions every year.
Dave Wiltsee

United States

#14 Jan 20, 2011
If necessary, a ballot initiative to overturn this atrocity would be welcomed. The sooner the better. It now appears that China would get the contract to essntially build the whole system, including rolling stock. China will "partner" with GE, putting up a pretence of an American corporation calling the shots. Of course, GE is little more than an international giant that cares only about money, not American workers or the long-term solvency of the USA.
Profits would go directly to China. Losses (more likely) would be covered by, you guessed it, YOU.
Car Free

Yuba City, CA

#15 Jan 21, 2011
La Malfa is a welfare queen masquerading as a fiscal conservative. It's time to get rid of people like him and Herger and elect people who really care about NorCal. It's embarrassing being stuck in a transportational timewarp. We need HSR from San Diego to Vancouver, BC.

Since: Sep 08

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#16 Jan 21, 2011
Dave Wiltsee wrote:
If necessary, a ballot initiative to overturn this atrocity would be welcomed. The sooner the better. It now appears that China would get the contract to essntially build the whole system, including rolling stock. China will "partner" with GE, putting up a pretence of an American corporation calling the shots. Of course, GE is little more than an international giant that cares only about money, not American workers or the long-term solvency of the USA.
Profits would go directly to China. Losses (more likely) would be covered by, you guessed it, YOU.
Good posting, thank you. It seems reasonable that this "slick" train is only political payback to China. And that it will be used to fairy troops north from Mexico.

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