Brilliant play against Marin NIMBYs. +100 points to George Lucas.
I say this would be a lovely approach to getting their ever-NIMBYer Peninsula compatriots and their legislators to agree to extend the reach of civilized public transit to the peninsula.
Don't want High Speed Rail? Don't want BART? Ok, we'll then shut down CalTrain and build a 30-mile-long 30-ft-wide orphanage. For Whichever Kinds Of Kids You're Most Scared Of Having As Neighbors. You wouldn't be caught dead voting against an orphanage, would you? Then vote for HSR, and the orphanage measure never gets to the floor.