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Rose Parade runs over taxpayers

December 27th, 2012 By admin. Dec. 27, 2012 By John Hrabe The world didn’t end in 2012, but several municipalities did. Four California cities, Stockton, Atwater, San Bernardino and Mammoth Lakes, declared bankruptcy this year. One financial expert described the problem as “spreading like a disease.” Of course, these bankruptcies were caused, in part, by wasteful government spending. Don’t expect the thre...

Rail Series: Who will own it? Who will pay for it?

December 18th, 2012 By admin. This is Part 6 of a series on Medium-Speed rail alternatives to California’s High-Speed Rail project. Click to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. Dec. 18, 2012 By Stan Brin In any discussion of rail expansion, two gorillas always appear: How do we pay for it? How do we keep the government out of it? I’m not a politician. I can only accept that the people of ...

Rail Series: Surmounting the Tehachapi Barrier

December 17th, 2012 By admin. This is Part 5 of a series on Medium-Speed rail alternatives to California’s High-Speed Rail project. Click to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6. Dec. 17, 2012 By Stan Brin Now comes the hard part. As Ned Ryerson, that great observer of infrastructure complications, would say, it’s a doozy. Most Californians pay little notice to the Tehachapi Mounta...

Rail series: Medium-Speed Rail runs over High-Speed Rail

December 10th, 2012 By admin. This is Part 1 of a series on Medium-Speed rail alternatives to California's High-Speed Rail project. Click to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6. Dec. 10, 2012 By Stan Brin By now, everyone in California knows the voter-mandated High-Speed Rail project is a boondoggle. In fact, the HSR appears to be a boondoggle that actually exceeds the meaning of the wor...
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