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Yesterday State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg submitted SB 731, a bill to reform the California Environmental Quality Act. But that was overshadowed by the even more dramatic news that the primary backer of CEQA reform in the legislature, State Senator Michael Rubio, was resigning to take a lobbying job at Chevron. First up, […]

Feb 23rd, 2013 | Filed under Uncategorized

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg today said he intends to propose a bill tomorrow that would reform the California Environmental Quality Act. The proposal is co-authored by Senator Michael Rubio, but it has also been shaped by the blue-green alliance of unions and environmentalists who have joined forces to oppose bad reform: “There will […]

Feb 21st, 2013 | Filed under Uncategorized

The State of California has released its draft California State Rail Plan, an in-depth document that looks at the present and future of both passenger and freight rail. The plan is built around the following vision statement: “California has a premier, customer-focused rail system that successfully moves people and products while enhancing economic growth and […]

Feb 20th, 2013 | Filed under Uncategorized

When I first saw this NPR story titled High-Speed Rail Buzz Overpowers Daily Chug Of Freight Trains I thought it would be a reasonable look at the challenges that come in certain high speed rail projects that intend to share tracks. But that’s not what this is about: But these new projects could conflict with […]

Feb 17th, 2013 | Filed under Uncategorized