Two New Members Appointed to CHSRA Board, Hmmmmm!!!!

Robbyn_Battles_CHSR_proposed_tunnels_Lake_View_TerraceIt is quite obvious why these two members were appointed to California High Speed Rail Authority Board. When California High Speed Rail Authority wants to dispute the disruption of ground water, power access and need a another bureaucrat to shove a multi-billion dollar project down your throat, of course you place these two people on the CHSRA Board. Here is a snippet of items on their resumes regarding the boards they currently serve or State Assembly Bills they have passed; Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, AB 2098 (Miller/Lowenthal): Riverside County Transportation Commission, which clears away legal hurdles to a design-build improvement project on the Riverside (91) Freeway. The project, funded entirely without state general fund money, promises 18,000 jobs throughout the region. See all the details below.

Hmmm what does HSR need…money from private entities, land and the ability to say they are not disrupting water and power. I would say it is more than a “plus”, as stated below, for CHSRA to have them sitting on the Board.  I wonder why they have not appointed anyone that represents the communities CHSR intends to destroy? Perhaps there is not need for a well rounded board representing all points of view . If you pay, promise jobs and place members on the Board of  Cities and communities you want to destroy then I guess CHSRA can spin this project into the pig with best lipstick on it that money can buy.

Below is the entire post from the CHSRA regarding the appointment of these two new members:
Here is the direct link as well.

The California High Speed Rail Authority got two new board members this week. Lorraine Paskett was appointed to fill a vacancy created when Jim Hartnett stepped down nearly two years ago, and former Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal was appointed to fill a vacancy created when Thea Selby was elected to the City College of San Francisco board this past November. (Congratulations, Thea, though you’ll be missed on the CHSRA board!)

Some background on each, courtesy of the CHSRA’s news release:

Lorraine Paskett is an attorney and CEO of Cambridge LCF Group, and Paskett Winery. She brings over 25 years of experience on water, energy and environmental issues. She is also currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and was previously a Senior Assistant General Manager of Sustainability Programs and External Affairs at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. In addition, she was previously a director for a private electric and gas utility, and served as vice president for a large solar energy company developing business, market, environmental and energy regulatory compliance plans for California.

Paskett was the Senate’s appointment to the board, and her background at the DWP and MWD gives her a lot of experience in big government bureaucracies – which I see as a plus for the CHSRA board.

Former Asm. Lowenthal probably needs less of an introduction, but you’re getting one anyway:

Bonnie Lowenthal was elected to represent Assembly District 54 (subsequently Assembly District 70) in 2008 after serving two terms on the Long Beach City Council, two terms on the Long Beach Unified School District, and on the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Ms. Lowenthal was appointed chair of the Assembly Committee on Transportation in 2010 by then-Speaker John A. Perez, becoming ex-officio member of the California Transportation Commission, where she oversaw public investment in highway, passenger rail and transportation projects. Ms. Lowenthal termed out of the Assembly in 2014.

She was appointed by outgoing Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins. Lowenthal did some great work in support of the HSR project while in the Assembly, killing a GOP anti-HSR bill and passing a bill to speed up land acquisition. Lowenthal had run for mayor of Long Beach in 2014, but did not get elected. Her service on the board should be particularly helpful to the Authority’s relationships with the Legislature.