Posts Tagged ‘high-speed rail’

Gov. Brown under fire for rail firm campaign contribution

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Governor Jerry Brown is under fire for the timing of a max-out contribution from a high-speed rail contractor to his re-election campaign. Brown recently asked the California Supreme Court for an expedited review – and reversal – of two lower court rulings that have halted the state’s hi...

Will appeals court notice AG’s flip-flop on bullet train?

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

It took the California Supreme Court five days to unanimously reject Gov. Jerry Brown's request that justices immediately consider a Superior Court ruling that the state's bullet train project had an illegal business plan and lacked proper environmental reviews to begin the project. In an initial ru...

Brown pleads to CA Supreme Court: Please kill bullet train ASAP!

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

On Friday night, the Sacramento Bee reported a bullet-train development that looks off the wall if you follow the MSM coverage that accepts surfaces narratives from rail officials. But the development looks somewhat predictable if you've been reading Cal Watchdog's reporting on the fiasco and the st...

As consultant, bullet-train boss helped write doomed business plan

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

A lengthy Comstock's profile of Jeff Morales, the former Washington D.C. and Chicago political operative brought in to save the bullet train by Gov. Jerry Brown, gets some little details about the high-speed rail project wrong and has some dubious premises. But it's a good read. Its main angle is...

LAT’s Vartabedian, Skelton leave LAT editorial board looking silly

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

When it comes to the bullet train, The Los Angeles Times' editorial page has been left to look foolish -- by its own reporter and columnist. Nexis shows no L.A. Times' editorials on the topic for more than two years. The last one was the instantly infamous editorial from November 2011 -- infamous...

Bullet-train coverage: All the happy talk that fits

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

The Fresno Bee's editorial page has cheered longer and harder for the bullet-train project than just about any newspaper in the state. But has this enthusiasm affected news coverage? A story in Wednesday's paper should make Fresno Bee readers wonder. Reporter Tim Sheehan writes about a new developme...

An open letter to bullet-train board Chairman Dan Richard

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Dan Richard was at it again in Saturday's Los Angeles Times. LAT's Ralph Vartabedian did a good job painting a downbeat picture of the bullet train's prospects after negative legal and regulatory rulings. But he didn't ask the question that blows a gaping hole in the side of the Good Ship Balone...

Railway safety comes at high price

Friday, December 6th, 2013
Metro train derailment, wikimedia

Last Sunday, a Metro-North train in New York derailed, killing four passengers and injuring 67 others. Apparently the train engineer had been “nodding off” and was unable to slow the train before it hit a curve on its route, causing it to derail. The tragedy is shining a new light on rail proje...

Grim LAT: Bullet train $25B short. Dim Sac Bee: What $25B? All soon to be well!

Friday, November 29th, 2013

On Monday, a Sacramento judge dealt a devastating setback to the California bullet train. The most serious of several obstacles in two decisions released by Judge Michael Kenny was his ruling that the $68 billion project didn't have a legal business plan and that the state couldn't start constructio...

Smaller paper tears into bullet train; LAT maintains editorial silence

Monday, October 21st, 2013

The Riverside Press-Enterprise last week published a crisp, definitive take on the bullet-train project's recent legal setbacks. Which indirectly raises the question: When will California's largest and most influential paper weigh in on this big issue? Here's part of the P-E editor...