California Supreme Court Moves to Expedite Governor Brown’s HSR Ruling Request
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 transferred a challenge to the rulings by Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration to the intermediate Court of Appeal in Sacramento and ordered written arguments to be completed by Feb. 10.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority asked the state Supreme Court late Friday to block the rulings by March 1, warning they could indefinitely delay construction of the rail project between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The court, meeting in closed session, declined to put the rulings on hold pending review, but ordered an expedited review that is likely to result in a swift ruling.
Governor Brown did not get the hold on the rulings he was looking for, but the expedited review will help get this resolved quickly, likely before March. Let’s hope the Court of Appeals sees reason and sides with the governor, rather than letting a bunch of NIMBYs and anti-rail activists stop this all-important project.