City Says No to High Speed Train

Keep spending on high speed rail? Not a good idea, says Mission Viejo's city council.

The City Council Monday night voted to support a proposed assembly bill that would cut much of the funding for the state's high speed rail plan.

Assemblywoman Diane Harkey spoke before the council in favor of her legislation, Assembly Bill 1455.

Also called the “High Speed Rail Lemon Law,” the bill would halt state debt funding for the project, which could link San Francisco to San Diego.

“Now I don’t do this lightly because it is a voter approved bond, but the voters were deceived,” Harkey said. “The voters were not told there was going to be $100 to $200 billion in construction costs. “

Councilmember Cathy Schlicht said that Orange County never wanted the high speed rail system, voting against Prop 1A.

“People in Orange County voted no by 56 percent,” Schlicht said. “What we’re doing for our voters in Mission Viejo is confirming that we don’t want this.”

“We need to stop this train wreck."

The council approved the motion 5-0.

During the same meeting, the City Council approved a $160,000 contract for the assistant city manager.

Other business

—Chief of Police Services Lt. Mike Gavin recognized Orange County Sheriff’s deputies Rich Castro, John Popp, Justin Osterfield and Ronald Rhodes for their work in keeping drunk drivers off the streets. For their efforts, the four officers, who serve in Mission Viejo, were honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The MADD representatives and Castro were unable to attend.

—During public comments, three people spoke in support of Oxford Prep, the charter school on the site of Barcelona Hills Elementary School. The two schools had been sharing a site, but the Capistrano Unified School District voted to shutter Barcelona Hills.

—Officials approved a $71,193 purchase order for three replacement motorcycles for city police services from Huntington Beach Honda.

—Councilmembers decided to meet with CUSD officials about the new trustee area boundaries maps. Originally Schlicht proposed a motion condemning the new boundaries, but after advice from the city attorney, Schlicht tabled her motion pending future discussion with the CUSD.

The next city council meeting takes place March 5 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers in City Hall 200 Civic Center

MartinP February 22, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Another short-sighted Republican roadblock. Lack of vision of rebuilding the California economy and creating jobs.
Bob Thomas February 22, 2012 at 10:07 PM
People have to plan for the future and not just build more roads that have twice the cost.
Hsr Real February 23, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I agree with moving into the future but the high speed train bond was all lies. Lied about cost, lied about when it will be ready, lied about rider projection, lied about where it would start, lied about the billions State would profit, lied about ticket costs, lies lies lies... Give us the truth and lets vote on the truth.
Hsr Real February 23, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Not a single high speed train in the world is self sufficient and these trains run along cities that have 30+ million in population. Entire state of California only has about 33 million. A high speed train here will be a money pit. Even with high speed trains you still need to widen the roads and build more airport runways, except those are paid for by the people who uses them. Why force the entire state and county to fund high speed rail here when only few metros area have access to them. Most of the jobs created will be in China to build the tracks and trains and construction jobs here will goto the lowest bidders from East coast, mexico, or Europe.
Peter Schelden (Editor) February 23, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Folks, thanks for stopping by and letting us know what you think about the high speed train plan. Would it change your opinion if the train stopped in Mission Viejo?
Dan Avery February 23, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Very disappointing and short-sighted. Henry Ford said "If I had asked what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse." When our politicians finally figure out that more and wider roads only create more single family homes and traffic congestion, then they'll start talking rail and the price we'll pay will be two to three times what Harkey and Schlicht balk at today.
Ted Crocker February 23, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Thank you Mission Viejo and Diane Harkey for having the courage to uphold the requirements of the HSR bond measure which was written to make sure the state didn't do something fiscally irresponsible. Whether one wants it or not, since the HSR system cannot be delivered anywhere near to what was promised, it should not be built in the eyes of the law. To build what is now proposed, legally, requires a re-vote. Jerry Brown, most of the other Democratic legislators right on up to Obama know this, but apparently they think they are under no obligation to honor their oath of office and uphold the law. An impeachable offense. You cannot have a society without trust. If politicians ignore what voters approved, they are asking for trouble.


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