Investigative Reports

LAO: Bullet train could increase greenhouse gases by 2020

March 4th, 2014 By Dave Roberts.   Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to spend the lion’s share of cap-and-trade auction revenue on the high-speed rail project won’t help the state meet its goal of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020, according to a recent Legislative Analyst’s Office report. It could actually make things worse during construction. Brown wants to spend $250 million of the $850 million cap-and-...

Judge blasts ‘corrupt’ Cal Fire in wildfire lawsuit

February 19th, 2014 By Dave Roberts.   Superior Court Judge Leslie Nichols this month ruled that the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection repeatedly deceived and withheld evidence in a lawsuit seeking $8.1 million from a company and several landowners for a wildfire that the company did not cause. The judge further found that $400,000 of that money was slated for an illegal Cal Fire slush fund. Cal Fir...

Court of Appeal keeps high-speed rail chugging for now

February 17th, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton. This is Part 2 of a three-part series on the Draft 2014 Business Plan of the California High-Speed Rail Authority. Part 1 is here. On Friday, California's 3rd District Court of Appeal kept California's high-speed rail project chugging at least a little longer. The court stayed a November order by Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny to delay the project because of vi...

New High-Speed Rail business plan mainly raises questions

February 13th, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton. This is Part 1 of a three-part series on the Draft 2014 Business Plan of the California High-Speed Rail Authority. Part 2 is here. There are more questions than answers in the Draft 2014 Business Plan of the California High-Speed Rail Authority released late on Feb. 7 without the normal fanfare. The news is more about what it doesn’t include than than what it does. There is n...
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