Posted by Morris Brown, a resident of the Menlo Park: Park Forest neighborhood, on May 30, 2012 at 4:11 pm
The article here really fails to reveal the true nature of the appointment of Mr. Morales to be the new CEO of the High Speed Rail Authority.
The LA Times has done an outstanding job analyzing the appointment.
The Times notes that Morales is now employed by Parsons Brinkerhoff, the very prime contractor that is receiving millions of dollars for contracts with the Authority, currently doing all the studies and preparing bid contracts for construction.
Talk about the “revolving door” and putting a “fox in the hen house”; my word. Such arrogance on the part of the Authority is certainly not new.
The last paragraph in the article:
“Senate transportation committee Chairman Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) said, "I am troubled by the relationship. It is hard to separate the conflicts."
Indeed this is a real concern. Furthermore, Morales has had no experience in building a High Speed Rail project; surely that should have been an absolute requirement to even be considered for this appointment.
When I talk to most citizens here in the Bay Area, I come away with the impression they think the project is dead, or about to be killed. Let me tell you, from that. Despite all the negative reports to the Legislature from the LAO, the State Auditor, the Peer Review Group, this project has become a major priority of Gov. Brown and he is bound and determined to push this project through.
Palo Alto Councilman Larry Klein, gave an excellent assessment of the situation at a recent PA council meeting. You can view at:
Finally, on CNN cable, Anderson Cooper did about 5 minutes on the HSR project here.
You can view at:
The comparison to Solyndra is appropriate; but Solyndra is small potatoes compared to this monster.