Saturday, January 23, 2016

Governor Brown: No mention of high-speed rail

January, 2015

Tucked away deep in yesterday's Chronicle story on the governor's State of the State speech:

Noticeably missing from Brown’s speech was any mention of high-speed rail, one of the largest infrastructure projects in the state that has a long list of detractors. Brown skimmed over another project he’s championed — the controversial delta tunnels — although he said the state needs a wide range of investments in water reliability, including “reliable conveyance.”

A year ago it was a different story:

"The high-speed rail links us from the past to the future; from the south to Fresno and the north," Brown said. "This is truly a California project, bringing us together today." Speaking to dozens of union members, contractors and federal, state and local politicians, the governor acknowledged that he, like many opponents, once had misgivings about the state's ability to secure the money needed to finish the project. "I wasn't sure where we were going to get the rest of the money," Brown said in a 12-minute address, one of his longest speeches focusing on the controversial project. "Don't worry about it. We are going to get it."

They still don't have it, and, fortunately, there's no indication that they will ever get it. 

Of course the unions like the high-speed rail project, since the dumb project would provide a lot of jobs for their members, which is all they really care about.

No mention either of the Delta tunnels project, another massive boondoggle Brown supports.

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At 11:48 AM, Anonymous sfthen said...

Perhaps Jerry was being coy on HSR so's not to let his new cat out of the bag too soon -- skip SoCal and begin the choo-choo in Silicon Valley:
Game Changing Win

Of course whichever area gets the first shovel the result will be like this (only on a much larger scale because, you know, California Thinks Big):
DC streetcar


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