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Bullet train: Judge shows taxpayers may be saved by Prop. 1A

The Friday ruling by a Sacramento judge that the California High-Speed Rail Authority was violating the 2008 state law providing funds for the bullet-train project was the first good news that the many foes of the project have had in

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Top officials live up (down?) to bullet train tradition 2

June 10, 2013 By Chris Reed When the Los Angeles Times broke the story in April that the California High-Speed Rail Authority had quietly changed the rules to de-emphasize the importance of technical competence among bidders for the first segment

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Bridge debacle foreshadows bullet train mega-debacle 6

May 22, 2013 By Chris Reed Mankind has been building bridges for more than 3,000 years. A bridge built in the 13th century BC in Greece is still in use. Building durable bridges over water is not a modern accomplishment.

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Bullet train CEO on war path 6

May 9, 2013 By Chris Reed Last month’s Los Angeles Times’ bombshell about the state bullet-train project could scarcely have made those in charge of the California High-Speed Rail Authority look worse. The Times reported that in determining who would

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In same spirit as ‘courtesy flush,’ ‘courtesy vote’ 4

March 18, 2013 By Chris Reed The fact that on March 6 a member of the bullet train’s board of directors — former San Diego congresswoman Lynn Schenk — had blocked approval of the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s plan to

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In Spain, bullet train a symbol of government insanity 3

March 3, 2013 By Chris Reed The Feb. 25 New Yorker magazine had a strikingly downbeat account of the economic hellhole that is Spain. Unemployment is 25 percent — and double that for young adults. One-quarter of the budget is

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Lawsuit may slow high-speed rail 12

July 11, 2012 By Dave Roberts With legislative passage last week of $4.7 billion in bonds for the California High-Speed Rail Authority. And with conductor Jerry Brown yelling “all aboard.” It seems like this expensive train to nowhere has left

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