Posts Tagged ‘high-speed rail’

7 ways James Fallows is wrong about the CA bullet train

Friday, July 11th, 2014

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...

CA economic ranking renews debate

Thursday, July 10th, 2014
california topographic map, wikimedia

For those who put a lot of stock in statistics, it's a good month for California. The Golden State has returned to take its former position among the world's largest economies. World Bank calculations show California -- if it were considered a country -- placing eighth in size worldwide. That's...

New suit filed against high-speed rail

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
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On June 23, the Transportation Solutions Defense and Education Fund filed a new lawsuit against California's high-speed rail project. TRANSDEF supports the project, but not the current planning. In a statement explaining the suit, TRANSDEF challenged “the Governor's fallback funding scheme...

More money, problems for CA high-speed rail

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Proponents of California's much-ballyhooed high-speed rail got a big boost in the state's new budget. But in every other area where the struggle for its fate is playing out, the project is facing an array of daunting roadblocks. Thanks to Gov. Jerry Brown's staunch support, Sacramento legislat...

CA Legislature boosts budget up to $156 billion

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Convinced that California's fiscal crisis is effectively over, state Democrats led the state Legislature to pass a $156 billion budget. They did so after a round of negotiations that left Sacramento just six hours away from missing the state's constitutional deadline for passing a budget into l...

State budget: Governor, lawmakers expected to finalize deal

Friday, June 13th, 2014

State lawmakers reached a tentative agreement on the state budget Thursday, after Gov. Jerry Brown caved to Democratic lawmakers' demands over more funding for in-home support services for elderly and disabled Californians. “We are at this point prepared to bring the full budget to the floors o...

Court hears objections to high-speed rail

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
NEW: Court hears objections to high-speed rail

This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Part 1 is here. The first article in this series on the crucial May 23 hearing before the Third District Court of Appeal reported that questions asked by the justices seemed to lean in one direction: toward a reversal of a lower-court decision on March 4 ...

High-speed rail crashes into high costs

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

  Funding for the high-speed rail project keeps chugging along in Gov. Jerry Brown’s May Revision to his budget proposal for fiscal 2014-15, which begins on July 1. He maintained the same funding request from his January budget, $279,316. That’s still just a fraction of the $10.5 billion...

2007 press release shows rail authority touting CEQA compliance

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

A Tuesday afternoon AP story laid out the latest courtroom developments involving the bullet-train fiasco: "SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's $68 billion bullet train project should be exempt from the state's strict environmental review process now that it is subject to federal oversight, th...

A billion here, a billion there for high-speed rail

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

"A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking real money," Sen Everett Dirksen, R-Ill., supposedly said, although the Dirksen Center says there's no record of it. The longtime Republican minority leader died in 1969. But whoever said it, the saying comes to mind as California's...