Will Curt Pringle Serve Another Term on the CHSRA Board?
Curt Pringle was only recently made chairman of the California High Speed Rail Authority’s board of directors, but his term on the board runs out in December. It sounds like he wants another term:
And, while not specifically saying he wants to keep the job, Pringle said: “I have every intention to make sure the (rail planning) process is done well and the very best outcome occur.”…
Buena Park Mayor Art Brown, who sits on the board of the Orange County Transportation Authority along with Pringle, is also eyeing the position. Both Pringle and Schwarzenegger are Republicans but Brown is a Democrat.
Brown sought the high-speed rail seat four years ago “and Pringle beat me out of it,” said Brown, who is a Democrat. Nonetheless, “I’ll throw my hat in no matter who’s governor, Republican or Democrat.”
Art Brown has been critical of some elements of the HSR planning process, including the initial six-track proposal (including two dedicated HSR tracks), between LA and Anaheim, and played an important role in getting the Metro/OCTA letter drafted that called for track sharing studies.
I don’t think that disqualifies him to serve on the CHSRA board. But I see no compelling reason to not give Pringle another term. The HSR project benefits from continuous, ongoing leadership and with a new Executive Director coming on board soon, and particularly with Pringle only now being able to place his stamp on the project, it seems logical and legitimate to reappoint Pringle in December.