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Earlier this month two Republican Assemblymembers requested an audit of the California High Speed Rail Authority’s land acquisition process in the Central Valley. As expected, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee denied their request today: Assemblymen Jim Patterson, of Fresno, and Frank Bigelow, of O’Neals, said they feared Central Valley landowners were being treated unfairly as […]

Aug 22nd, 2013 | Filed under Uncategorized

By a 51-27 vote today the California State Assembly passed SB 1029, the bill to release the voter-approved Proposition 1A high speed rail bond money so that construction can begin and put thousands of people to work. Here’s a photo of the vote, captured by Rebecca Saltzman: And a statement from Speaker John A. Pérez: […]

Jul 5th, 2012 | Filed under Uncategorized

The Assembly is currently debating the high speed rail proposal – you can watch it live via Cal Channel (select “Assembly Floor Session”). The Assembly is very likely to vote for the proposal, setting up the big showdown tomorrow in the Senate. Already anti-HSR forces have been busy spinning their opposition into hyperbole. Assemblymember Diane […]

Jul 5th, 2012 | Filed under Uncategorized

In what is becoming an annual ritual, Assemblymember Diane Harkey (R-Dana Point) proposed a bill to stop any use of the voter-approved Prop 1A bond funding – and the bill has been killed by Democrats in an Assembly committee: Legislation to stop bond funding for the state’s high-speed rail project failed to pass out of […]

Apr 25th, 2012 | Filed under Uncategorized