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Letters: SMART sues to block blatantly false ballot arguments

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  • 9/1 Marin IJ
    Published Monday, September 1, 2008 by the Marin Independent Journal Letters to the Editor Aggressive action warranted Congratulations to Supervisor Charles
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 1, 2008
      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.

      George Tuttle
      San Rafael


      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
      county supervisors.

      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.

      Basia Crane
      Kentfield


      [BATN: See also:

      SMART files lawsuit to block false opposing ballot arguments
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/39159

      SMART official to ask court to delete false ballot arguments
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/39151 ]
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