Infrastructure

Big blow to bullet train: Fresno County supes now oppose project

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
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Fresno has long been a hotbed of bipartisan support for the California High-Speed Rail Authority's plans to build a bullet-train network linking Northern and Southern California. The county Board of Supervisors endorsed the project five years ago, the Fresno Bee's liberal editorial page has long bee...

Bullet-train officials praise judge they called a threat to CA

Monday, July 28th, 2014

The California High-Speed Rail Authority got some good news from the courts last week. The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento upheld a lower court ruling rejecting legal challenges to the routing of the bullet train in the Gilroy-Las Banos area, specifically the Pacheco Pass. That ruling won...

State peddles idea that bullet train contractors are investors

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
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On Jan. 11, 2010, the Legislative Analyst's Office issued a report on the latest iteration of the business plan for the California High-Speed Rail Authority. It contained a game-changing conclusion -- a predictable conclusion but still a crucial one. Here's what I wrote in a Union-Tribune editorial ...

In Silicon Valley, liberal pols look to drive up cost of housing

Monday, July 21st, 2014
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The emergence of Silicon Valley as one of the wealthiest places in the world has led to plenty of media coverage that points out how it has become a poster child for income inequality. This is from a March Associated Press story: SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Silicon Valley is entering a fifth year of unfett...

Speed promises for bullet train? CA says ‘never mind’

Sunday, July 20th, 2014
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In 2008, California voters narrowly approved $9.95 billion in funds for a statewide high-speed rail network. When they voted for Proposition 1A, they didn't think there was much doubt about what they were getting -- a "safe, reliable, high-speed passenger train" was the mantra of Gov. Schwarzene...

Board chair’s upbeat take on bullet train at sharp odds with MSM

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
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When James Fallows of The Atlantic came out last week in strong support of the California high-speed rail project, I responded with an unnecessarily snarky piece -- sorry, James -- headlined "7 ways James Fallows is wrong about the CA bullet train." In it, I said the author was judging the project ...

Dan Richard vs. CWD over bullet train, via James Fallows

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Wait, there's still more from the suddenly feverish debate over the bullet train. The head of California High-Speed Rail Authority takes on my July 11 CWD post knocking Jim Fallows for his support of the project point by point....

Fallows cites CWD critique of his bullet-train stand

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
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The Atlantic's James Fallows, to his credit, followed up on his post last week touting the California bullet train project with another post acknowledging the strong push-back he had received. His respectful, straightforward tone was far different than the norm in CA, where Jerry Brown blames "defea...

7 ways James Fallows is wrong about the CA bullet train

Friday, July 11th, 2014
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Writing on The Atlantic's website, the much-respected journalist/intellectual James Fallows -- a Redlands native who knows California better than nearly all other national pundits -- has come out as a big fan of the state's bullet-train project. He promises to return frequently to the project in com...

Will dockworkers strike?

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
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West Coast dockworkers are threatening to strike again from their incredibly high-paying jobs. Their members already earn $25 to $40 an hour, with plush benefits. But this time it's different. A $5.25 billion project is making the Panama Canal wider, making it easier for ships to go directly from...