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Sacramento mired in budget bickering

Having failed to deliver during a special legislative session Gov. Jerry Brown called last year, Sacramento Democrats and Republicans squared off on Medi-Cal and infrastructure spending this week. A large health care hole has developed in the current state budget, driven

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Brown juggles constituencies on climate

Relishing the opportunity to take a signature issue to a world stage, Gov. Jerry Brown had his political work cut out for him in taking California’s approach to environmental policy to the next level amid the United Nations’ so-called COP21

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CA water priorities in question

Regulators and officials grappling with California’s ongoing drought face another unceasing problem: a chorus of criticism. From conservation to infrastructure, statewide policies and priorities have come under attack from a broad assortment of adversely affected residents. Water districts themselves have wound

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Brown’s Delta tunnel project draws strong opposition

To his cherished high-speed rail project, Gov. Jerry Brown can now add his ambitious Delta tunnel project to the list of big plans arousing strong opposition. Especially in the Delta region itself, public opinion has turned sharply against the scheme, which

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Banks, firms not sold on bullet train

As big banks hesitate to fund California’s high-speed rail project, Sacramento officials have turned back to state coffers to keep the effort going. In calculating the risk of loans that would likely exceed $35 billion, bankers want to see a

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China joins growing interest in CA high speed rail

Seeking to tout its market value, California’s High Speed Rail Authority recently solicited bids for private investment, drawing dozens of responses. “Facing criticism from opponents for the lack of private investors lining up to finance the $68 billion project, the rail authority asked

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Chinese firm plans L.A.-to-Vegas train

For bemused Californians, there’s another bullet train in town, thanks to the Chinese government. More specifically, credit — $100 million worth — goes to China Railway International USA, a venture spearheaded by Beijing’s national railroad, China Railway. The consortium has ponied up

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High-speed rail workshops will review environmental concerns

The High-Speed Rail Authority has restarted an aggressive plan to finish the environmental work on the San Francisco to San Jose and the San Jose to Merced segments of the High-Speed Rail Project. Completion of the final environmental documents is

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Elon Musk’s Hyperloop project races ahead

Elon Musk’s most quixotic project just raced closer to reality. As the latest model of Musk’s Tesla automobile scored the highest-ever rating given by Consumer Reports (99 out of 100) his even more revolutionary Hyperloop concept gained new respect, with one firm

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Court weighs documents in high-speed rail case

A court ruling is expected within weeks on whether certain documents should be considered in a lawsuit against California’s High-Speed Rail Authority. The state has argued for limiting the evidence to documents, such as business plans and environmental reviews, from

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