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Judge: Rail authority's funding plan violated law

Original post made on Aug 18, 2013

The California High-Speed Rail Authority violated state law and "abused its discretion" in proceeding with the controversial San Francisco-to-Los Angeles train system without first identifying the funding sources for the line's first usable segment, a Sacramento Superior Court judge wrote in a Friday decision.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, August 17, 2013, 6:55 PM

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Posted by Martin Engel
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Aug 18, 2013 at 10:31 am

Opponents to the high-speed train in California have watched over the past five years as all their concerns and predictions of dire consequences went unheeded by the Democratic Legislature and Governor that many of those same HSR opponents supported.

Some of us have been railing against this project for as long as ten years. Serious critical analyses (The Due Diligence Report) were produced by Vranich and Cox in 2008 and then revised with more factual information more recently.

Bill Grindley and his team have, over the past several years, produced a series of factually based financial analyses demonstrating the disastrous and destructive cost/benefits of this project. And even the initiator and former Chairman of the Board of the CHSRA, former State Senator and Judge, Quentin Kopp has spoken harshly against the project as it evolved from its initial vague and hyper-inflated promises to the pathetic money spending train-wreck of a project it has become.

During all this time, we waited for some good news; that is, that reason would prevail, that some indication that our voices have been heard and that the stark realities of this boondoggle would become so apparent that the project would in fact become unfunded and terminated. The former State Senator, Joe Simitian, with enormous patience and persistence, sought to persuade his legislative colleagues that this project would be seriously harmful to the state. He also was ignored.

Now, with several lawsuits having gone through the pipeline, Superior Court Judge Kenny has finally -- FINALLY -- blown the whistle on this nightmare.

But, it's too soon to celebrate. The Judge has not issued an injunction to stop the project in its tracks. He indicated in his findings that there would be further review leading to actionable decisions.

So, now the question becomes, will Judge Kenny order the project to be de-funded and thereby terminated? It would mean ruling against the promise of the state of California being denied over three billion dollars, already obligated, from the Department of Transportation. It would mean ruling against the obsessive determination of the Governor, the will of the Democrat super-majority of the Legislature, and the passionate support of the project by the state's two Senators and the state's former Speaker of the House in Congress.

And, finally, it would be a terminal blow to the pro-high-speed rail policies and vision of the President of the United States and the Congressional majority of the Senate. It will take a lot of judicial cohones to make such a decision. And, it would be the right thing to do, speaking truth to power. But. . . .we're not there yet.

In short, it's not over until it's over.

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Posted by Vernon
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Aug 19, 2013 at 2:21 pm

This is good news.

Voters did not vote a blank check for a crossed-fingers electric train.

Proponents of the rr have not met the targets they sold.

The rr isn't needed now,and will be competing for electric power resources with the rest of us.

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