Friday, February 10, 2012

When Assy Leader Perez and the Democrats break out from their Building Trades/CAJ/SEIU Union-Body Snatched/brainless behavior and oppose unaffordable High Speed Rail in California to kill it, then we'll know that they are serious about this education, animal shelter welfare, health, public protection, and human services, parks funding--and saving other administrative/university,/teacher union jobs that are now being cut all over California.  If the rail-fetish nutcase, Gov. Moonbeam Jerry Brown, ever realizes that the so-called "futuristic" HSR (hah!) is a fraud, and not justified by "every other country has it" constant-replay of the mouthed recording-like pro-HSR false blather, then he will realize that HSR is really simply a replay of the 1969-futuristic "SST"--SuperSonicTransport passenger airplane, that US Congress refused to fund or guarantee loans, that other countries went ahead to build, but have now ALL either crashed or are safely in museums as  relics, then California can return to greatness and compete with real world smartness, not emotional, grandiose stupidity.
JB-this old man, has not adapted to the real, modern world--even yet--and we Californians hurt for it. Many BT/CAJ jobs can be had in other SoCal and NoCal construction jobs (i.e., BART up the Peninsula, Unmet Freeway Need widenings, Dams, water and other infrastructure work, etc) as well as avoiding the upcoming $2B/year General Fund depletion for bond service payments (at current low interest rates, wait until they rise!)--that ought to go to hire and pay other state and local (mostly union) workers.  Where are these union leaders?  Why aren't they fighting HSR vigorously, especially those dependent on state and local general funds?  Crazy that they haven't seen the light on this HSR ultimately job-killing wasteful, SST-like project.

BART around SF Bay, not HSR, only 28 miles to complete seamless B.A.R.T SF Bay loop!!!

I'm back!
BART should consider non-rail, or perhaps DMU to low-population Livermore.  BART needs to refocus to get the most benefit to BART, its existing and new riders, most farebox recovery, and most environmental (including human)benefits...that means finishing the last 28 miles from the now-funded BART extension into Santa Clara up to Millbrae+SFO, the gap remaining around the Bay...hello, B.A.R.T.!  Using funds to from ending the Caltrain Killtrain (178 dead since 1995, 16 slaughtered on its tracks last year, 2 already this year) up the Peninsula ($120M/yr), redirecting Dumbarton Rail funds to BART (since BART will cover all DB Rail cities--cleaner, greener, and safer) ($1B build, xx to operate/yr), and tear down the ugly, decaying DB rail pylons to return the southern SF Bay to its pre-1910 natural state.
And, Bay Area Democrats (the bay area monopoly party) should ask Congressmen Denham, Nunes, McCarthy to amend their HR761 bill which allows the option to redirect Federal HSR funds to SR to apportion some $B of HSR$ to closing this BART gap.  Yes!
Unify SF Bay Area heavy rail service under one high-capacity transit backbone system, with more frequent, safe, electric, system. BART  is scheduled to be largely in Santa Clara by 2018.  Think of it...10-15 years of full-time, high-paying, local CAJ/BT/Rebulid CA and other construction, union and related JOBS, while providing real Berkeley-SF-Stanford-SJ -Fremont-Oakland seamless mass transit!