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Awful failure of CA inspectors points to public-private competence gap

A nightmarish story out of the Bay Area offers fresh evidence of the enormous gap in competence between the private and public sectors. This is from the San Francisco Chronicle: “The owner of the Castro Valley care home where residents

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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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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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Not just in China: The corrupt act that got CA bullet train passed 2

April 12, 2013 By Chris Reed The news that the former head of China’s bullet-train program is facing corruption charges probably prompts some Californians to wonder if any of the people who aggressively lied Proposition 1A to passage in 2008

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CA bullet train: Parade of bad news continues 5

April 11, 2013 By Chris Reed On Wednesday, there was yet another negative headline coming out of Sacramento about the bullet-train fiasco: “A State Assembly budget committee voted Wednesday to approve a loan for the High-Speed Rail Authority. “The $26.2

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Train agency ‘raids’ CalPERS for exec talent: Oy vey!

March 6, 2013 By Chris Reed When the press release came out Monday that the California High-Speed Rail Authority had recruited a top executive away from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, a Tweet from former Los Angeles Times journo

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