Posted by Morris Brown, a resident of the Menlo Park: Park Forest neighborhood, on Oct 18, 2012 at 10:58 pm
Quoting from the article above:
"Mr. Yang criticizes Mr. Gordon for a July vote with the Assembly majority on a high-speed rail funding bill. He said the bill includes only a small amount of money for the electrification of Caltrains -- a carrot for the Peninsula -- with "no guarantee that it won't be built with four tracks."
Mr. Gordon dismissed the criticism, and said there was a lot of misinformation reported in the media about the vote. The bill he voted for, he said, funded only ancillary components of the rail plan, but no actual high-speed rail construction.
Those components are: electrification of Caltrain, modernization of the rail service between Los Angeles and Anaheim, new tracks in the Central Valley that will be used solely by Amtrak if high-speed rail isn't built, and funding for rapid transit systems across the state.
"There's actually no high-speed rail activity in any of those projects," he said."
If this quote from Gordon is correct than Gordon is simply lying.
He voted for the expenditure of $6 billion to construct HSR in the Central Valley (so did Jerry Hill and almost all the Democrats in the Assembly).
Mr Yang is correct in that Gordon's vote also approved spending $600 million of State funds to be directed to CalTrain. Although illegal under Prop 1A requirements, and will be challenged in court, These funds are supposed to also assist the HSR project, although in what way, it is certainly not easy to see.
As the article points out, Mr. Yang, hardly has a chance against Gordon, but Gordon certainly is not listening to the voters (neither is Jerry Hill for that matter), but like all the other sheep in the Democratic caucus, he is following Gov. Brown's obsession with this boondoggle HSR project. We deserve better, but we won't get it.