Letters: SMART sues to block blatantly false ballot arguments
- Published Monday, September 1, 2008 by the Marin Independent Journal
Letters to the Editor
Aggressive action warranted
Congratulations to Supervisor Charles McGlashan, for taking an
aggressive action in filing a lawsuit on behalf of the Sonoma-Marin
Area Rail Transit board against the blatant false misstatements
against Measure Q in the November ballot.
Red-herring misstatements that attribute to SMART the hauling of
gravel from the Eel River by rail, increased freight train traffic
in San Rafael at all hours, increased traffic on Highway 101, and
increased growth in Larkspur, San Rafael and Novato have no place
in a ballot opposition statement.
None of these statements were made in the SMART environmental
impact reports or in the comments submitted to these reports.
Clearly, SMART is going to reduce traffic on 101, and provide
comfortable, efficient, transportation to Marin employees living
outside of the county in more affordable housing.
The opposition makes no effort to state that the two to three SMART
rail cars will have minimal effect on the clapper rail environment
in comparison to a 60-car freight train rumbling from Petaluma to
Highway 37, which will occur with or without SMART.
High-speed rails, however, will mitigate the effect of both SMART
and freight rail cars on the environment.
Finally, no cost documents support the opposition statement that
the subsidy would be $80 per passenger, not the $11.09 per person
stated by SMART.
Trashing free speech
Marin Supervisor Charles McGlashan should get credit for trashing our
First Amendment rights, which protect ballot opposition arguments.
Something must be rotten in Denmark when the chair of the Sonoma-
Marin Area Rail Transit board resorts to censoring ballot arguments
and pursuing legal action against SMART opponents.
He's not too happy with all the opposition to SMART from two fellow
I fully support and can't wait to get on the Bullet Train, which will
run between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Former state Sen. Quentin
Kopp gets high marks for the terrific job he's done putting the
entire concept together.
Aside from benefiting mostly Sonoma, this SMART train fails to tie-in
with any kind of comprehensive plan for a 21st century train system
in the North Bay.
It will be obsolete from the start.
[BATN: See also:
SMART files lawsuit to block false opposing ballot arguments
SMART official to ask court to delete false ballot arguments