Jerry Brown Vetoes Unnecessary HSR-Related Bill
Governor Jerry Brown vetoed AB 2847 yesterday, arguing that the high speed rail oversight bill is unnecessary:
I believe this bill is unnecessary, particularly in view of the passage of AB 1813, which adds two legislative members to the Authority. As with other projects of this magnitude, state law requires strict standards of accountability and transparency. I have every expectation that the Authority will meet these high standards.
Unsurprisingly, HSR critics were not pleased:
“This is not just a veto of a bill. It is a veto of Governor Brown’s responsibility to the people and to the Legislature,” said Patterson in a statement. “Governor Brown is failing on a fundamental level on a project of huge significance, by giving a pass to an authority that thumbs its nose at the people of California with every change order and request for millions in extra cash.”
This quote, from Republican Assemblymember Jim Patterson of Fresno, is just ridiculous and over the top. The HSR project has plenty of oversight and is doing a good job given the difficult restrictions on its operations imposed by the Legislature and Congress, both of which have starved the project of funds and then blamed the Authority for resulting challenges.
It’s too bad Jerry Brown is now covered by the Prop 140 term limits and can’t run for a fifth term in 2018.