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Big blow to bullet train: Fresno County supes now oppose project

Fresno has long been a hotbed of bipartisan support for the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s plans to build a bullet-train network linking Northern and Southern California. The county Board of Supervisors endorsed the project five years ago, the Fresno Bee’s

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State peddles idea that bullet train contractors are investors

On Jan. 11, 2010, the Legislative Analyst’s Office issued a report on the latest iteration of the business plan for the California High-Speed Rail Authority. It contained a game-changing conclusion — a predictable conclusion but still a crucial one. Here’s

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Speed promises for bullet train? CA says ‘never mind’

In 2008, California voters narrowly approved $9.95 billion in funds for a statewide high-speed rail network. When they voted for Proposition 1A, they didn’t think there was much doubt about what they were getting — a “safe, reliable, high-speed passenger

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Board chair’s upbeat take on bullet train at sharp odds with MSM

When James Fallows of The Atlantic came out last week in strong support of the California high-speed rail project, I responded with an unnecessarily snarky piece — sorry, James — headlined “7 ways James Fallows is wrong about the CA bullet

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Sweeping new legal challenge to bullet train

A massive California Environmental Quality Act lawsuit was filed June 4 in Sacramento Superior Court over the newly certified environmental impact report (EIR) for the bullet-train project segment linking Fresno to Bakersfield. This EIR is supposed to have far more

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Rail board chair Dan Richard responds to critical post 6

Dan Richard, the chair of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, sent this to Cal Watchdog in response to my Monday morning post: “In his campaign to stop California from building the nation’s first high-speed rail system, Chris Reed (calwatchdog.com, June 9, 2014)

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Did governor file bid for quick appeal to block bullet-train revolt?

Why did Gov. Jerry Brown abruptly abandon his “stay-the-course” path on the $68 billion bullet-train project in late January? I’ve been poking around a bit and have come up with a theory and some evidence as to why the governor

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High-speed rail brief includes Quentin Kopp objections

  It might take more than a cow catcher to push Quentin Kopp from standing in the middle of the track trying to stop California’s high-speed rail project. A former head of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, which oversees the

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New High-Speed Rail business plan mainly raises questions

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

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

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

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