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November 7, 2010
Speaking of a massive waste of taxpayer money.
How many decades and how many millions of REAL public dollars have already been spent to "study" and "plan" and "coordinate" this so-called "Orange Line" transportation system here in Southern California.
$10 million? $50 million? Who really knows. All I know is that the "train to nowhere" road show is coming to Cerritos on Tuesday, November 23rd, and everyone needs to attend this "dog and pony show."
Here is a release that was posted on the City of Cerritos website, that I want to make sure everyone gets a change to gaze at. See my comments at the below the "official meeting details."
"A community meeting for the Pacific Electric Corridor Alternatives Analysis will be held on Tuesday, November 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cerritos Park East Community Center.
The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is leading a collaborative study on ways to use the historic Pacific Electric right-of-way to connect downtown Los Angeles, the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center and communities in between. The collaboration involves 21 cities and several county and regional agencies. The community meetings are being held to obtain area residents' input on the following issues:
- Which mode of transit matches the local community's travel needs, desires and values?
- How will a new transit system stimulate local economic development?
- How will engineering and environmental challenges be met?
- Where should stations be located?
At this time, the following transportation alternatives have been identified and are being evaluated based on community values and concerns:
- No build: complete only the transportation improvements that have available funding;
- Transportation systems management: maximize the use of existing transportation options and complete minor improvements;
- Bus rapid transit: provide high-speed bus service in dedicated lanes along the former Pacific Electric right-of-way between Los Angeles and Orange counties, and connecting north to Downtown Los Angeles on city streets with signal priority or within freeway carpool lanes;
- Streetcar: build a light rail-like system similar to the one being considered by the City of Santa Ana;
- Light rail transit: build a rail system similar to the Metro Gold and Blue lines in Los Angeles County that would serve local and regional trips;
- Multiple unit: build a self-powered rail system similar to the Sprinter service in northern San Diego County that would serve local and regional trips; and
- High speed rail: build a grade-separated high-speed rail system similar to Amtrak or Maglev that would serve regional trips.
Okay, here is the DEAL. This project has been a political boondoggle for more than 20 years. Our local elected city council members and city staffers have traveled on our dime all over the world in luxury trips to "study" this for eons. Time for accountability. Some people have made Millions on this ONE project and nothing will ever come from it. This is a "pipe dream" and now we need to start calling those elected officials on the carpet who have foisted this on us for decades.
I hope my friends at NBC 4 News, and the Los Angeles Times, and Eyewitness News can attend this meeting, and every government "watchdog" also needs to suit-up and show up. I want everyone to attend this meeting, and start holding our "local elected officials" accountable. Ask the tough questions. Enough of this "gravy train."
The next round of local campaigns begin in a week. Wake up Taxpayers!