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And then there were three: Two would-be contenders for a contract to design and build the second stretch of a high-speed train line through the San Joaquin Valley have dropped out of the competition, leaving the California High-Speed Rail Authority with three contractors chasing the job. The withdrawal of the two contracting teams potentially reduces […]

Aug 27th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

Earlier this year oil companies began spinning up a new attack on AB 32 and the state’s wildly successful cap-and-trade system. They convinced a few moderate Democrats that applying cap-and-trade to fuels this coming January would ruin their political chances this November, as it would supposedly cause gas prices to soar. Those Democrats wrote a […]

Aug 25th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

According to Dan Weikel at the Los Angeles Times, the California High Speed Rail Authority is giving serious consideration to LA County Supervisor Mike Antonovich’s proposal to put the bullet train tracks in a tunnel under the San Gabriel Mountains. The thing is, I can’t tell if the CHSRA is just humoring Antonovich or whether […]

Aug 24th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

Dan Richard has been a revelation as chair of the California High Speed Rail Authority board. He has consistently and effectively pushed back against critics of the HSR system, and his most recent effort is a classic example. In today’s San Jose Mercury News Richards slams Stuart Flashman and Michael Brady, two of the most […]

Aug 18th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized