Posted by Mark Reynolds, a resident of another community, on Nov 4, 2008 at 6:43 am
Vote YES on Prop 1A
There's a lot of good reasons for building this train. It's takes one-fifth the energy of an automobile. One-third the energy of a plane. It's electric and requires no foreign oil. It can be entirely powered by wind and solar. It creates a bunch of jobs that can't be outsourced to India, 160,000 construction jobs to build it and 400,000 permanent jobs to operate and support it. It's more convenient than flying. It's very safe running on it's own tracks with no freight trains. The track's entirely grade separated so there's no road crossings so it's impossible to hit a car or truck. The Japanese have 44 years of high-speed rail and the French have 27 years without a fatality. It creates a third transportation system for the state and the only system that won't have it's price connected to OPEC when gas goes back to $5, $6, and then $7 during the next whatever crisis. It connects the Central Valley with the rest of the state. People in Fresno and Bakersfield can't fly on Southwest.
But here's another reason to vote for Prop 1A. I'm darn jealous of these French guys and their 357mph TGV train. Take a look at this YouTube video...
...did you see the smirk on that French train engineer's face. He's laughing at us driving 85mph on Interstate 5! The best part of the video comes towards the end when you see the train go by from the outside. It's something your brain doesn't understand when you first see it. It's something like our country would do before we gave up 30 years ago.
It's gonna take over 10 years to build this train. It's gonna take some guts to do something for the next generation and think long term to help the economy. We're gonna have to act like that better generation did when they built the dams, bridges, roads, and aqueducts back in the 30s. Sure there's a budget crisis, but we won't pay for this in one year. These are 30 year bonds and hopefully we're not in a 30 year recession, and if we are then we really better build this thing 'cause that's when you build infrastructure.
Downtown L.A to Downtown San Francisco in 2hrs 38mins, L.A. to Sacramento 2hrs 17mins. San Diego to L.A. 78mins. A businessperson can get from downtown L.A. to downtown S.F. without an hour taxi ride to LAX, an hour to check in, and hour to fly, and an hour to get from the airport to downtown S.F.
Posted by Agit8, a resident of another community, on Nov 4, 2008 at 9:00 am
No on Prop 10
League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, Union of Concerned Scientists, Natural Resources Defense Council and Environment California and 40 daily newspapers all OPPOSE Prop 10. Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols says vote No, and points out that NOTHING in PROP 10 stops interstate trucking companies from moving their trucks to another state after they collect the $50,000 handout. No on 10 - Don't cut our schools to make a Texas oil tycoon richer. visit: www.stopprop10.org
Posted by Pastor Naaman Lauderdale, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Nov 4, 2008 at 10:12 pm
By strenghtening our schools we provide the best possible opportunities for our child to learn from the technology advances made within the last Two decades. We must focus our attention as responsible parents and adults on the youth in our community. Their our child we don't have to fear them if as a community support encourage and realistically help children and young adults with positive alternatives to drugs,unwed sexual behavior,lack of living or education resources ect. Only through community united can these things come to pass. Let us pray always for Gods guidance and strength to make the tough decisions now and not pass on our mess to our childrens children.