Diane Harkey Tries Again to Kill HSR
Right-wing Republican Assemblymember Diane Harkey, from southern Orange County, is once again trying to kill high speed rail with a bill in the legislature:
AB 1455, the High-Speed Rail Lemon Law, was introduced by Harkey in January and several counties and cities across the state have already voted to support it.
When initially introduced, Peninsula officials also offered support for the legislation including Burlingame Mayor Jerry Deal and Belmont Mayor Dave Warden.
Harkey’s “Lemon Law” would repeal more than $9 billion in available state debt funding for the project. A vote on the legislation is expected in mid-April.
This bill, like Harkey’s previous anti-HSR efforts, has no chance of going anywhere. It’s a stupid idea that shows how strangely opposed to the 21st century the California Republican Party really is.
And yet I am actually pleased she has proposed this bill. By doing so, she reminds Californians and legislators that opposition to high speed rail is the position of the far right. Would Democratic State Senators like Joe Simitian and Alan Lowenthal really side with Harkey over their fellow Democrats, their governor, their Congressional Democratic allies, and their president?