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Ruling sparks fresh hope for high-speed-rail critics

Original post made on Sep 4, 2013

A fresh verdict from a Sacramento County judge threatens the one source of money that high-speed-rail officials felt was a sure thing -- the $9 billion in state funds that state voters approved for the $68 billion project in November 2008, when the price tag of the San Francisco-to-Los Angeles system was pegged at $45 billion.

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Posted by JT
a resident of Danville
on Sep 4, 2013 at 11:29 am

The fact I am leaving the first comment, is the reason our elected officials get away with being criminals, by openly flouting laws, with no repercussions. The masses have been fed the opiate, though it is no longer religion that is the opiate, but the almighty dollar and the crazy lifestyles most live to stay solvent. Long live the uninformed masses, and on lives their fleecing by elected officials!!!


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Posted by SOS-Danville
a resident of Danville
on Sep 6, 2013 at 8:58 am

There is a local parallel to the state government's flouting of the Rail Bond Ballot Measure: Danville's Town Council is hoping to get away with flouting the 2000 Danville Ballot Measure S, which requires voter approval for conversions of Agricultural-designated land to residential development.

The Council just approved SummerHill Homes' proposed conversion of Magee Ranch to a 70+ home residential development and failed to schedule the Measure S-required public vote despite the objections of literally thousands of local residents. Now SOS-Danville is suing the Town Council to get a judge to order the public vote. We are thankful for the American justice system, which is the only check on this kind of tyranny by governments.


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Posted by PSMacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Sep 9, 2013 at 3:13 pm

JT,

Although I agree with you in general, that the lack of citizen response is a part of the problem, there is another problem that is directly caused by Danville Express itself in these forums (and is also present in other newsletter's forums) which makes it look like there are few responses, when, in fact, MANY responses were made earlier.
The forum does not consolidate the prior responses to the same issue into one forum heading/topic.
In other words, there have been a LOT of comments made by a LOT of people in previous DE articles on virtually the same subject as these heading.
The first article about the rail bond issue will have 30 responses.
Then DE issues a second article (or some new teaser update statement) and that article will have 20 responses.
By the third article (which looks like a fresh new article with no comments at first), a lot of people have submitted numerous comments about the issue, often with great additional information or logical arguments. But those prior responses are essentially "lost from the discussion" by DE's methodology of operating the forums.
This article is at least the fourth article on the same subject.
People don't want to keep writing or reading the same comments with no tie-in to the former comments.
The organization and structure of DE's forum system is the problem here. It is a really imperfect system.
Patch, etc. have similar bad systems.


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Posted by JT
a resident of Danville
on Sep 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm

PSMac... that was useful input. I think if these local email weekly's want to succeed, they need to do a far better job. And you point out a perfect example.