Indeed the voters of California were convinced to vote for the Proposition 1A's $9.95 billion bond measure in 2008 based on a whole series of fraudulent claims.
Construction costs were to be $33 billion, but have now doubled to around $65 billion. Projected ridership of 117 million passengers per year has now fallen to around 40 million and may well go much lower. The price of a ticket was expected to be $55 and has now jumped to $105.
Just equate these sales pitches used by authority board members to the same level as Bernie Madoff used for his $50 billion Ponzi scheme. The only difference is really that right now Madoff lives in prison, but previous and present board members continue to pitch this scheme.
Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature could stop this right now, but they simply refuse to listen.
Morris Brown, Stone Pine Lane, Menlo Park
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