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Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to use cap-and-trade funds for high speed rail has generated some ill-informed criticism from environmentalists and right-wingers. Last week I explained how HSR is an appropriate use of those revenues. Apparently the California Air Resources Board wanted to speak up for themselves, which is exactly what they ought to do. So […]

Jan 30th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

Last week Governor Jerry Brown asked for an expedited appeal from the California Supreme Court regarding last fall’s ruling freezing the HSR bond sales. Today the Court acted on the request, asking the Court of Appeals to schedule a quick hearing: In a brief order signed by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the state high court […]

Jan 29th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

The Republican who brought you the bank bailout, Neel Kashkari, wants to be the next governor of California. He’s taking the tried and true Meg Whitman approach, which worked so well that she lost to Jerry Brown by 13 points despite outspending him 7 to 1. He wants to focus on jobs and education, but […]

Jan 28th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

I’ve always assumed that one of the endgames for Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to use $250 million in cap-and-trade funds for high speed rail would be that the Legislature would demand some sort of trade in exchange for approving the request. Sure enough, that’s what may well happen: One of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed solutions, […]

Jan 27th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized