Against California High Speed Rail by Mark R. Powell

Tag Archives: California

Let Your Voice Be Heard…Now

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke) Do something good.  Don’t let evil and crony capitalism triumph.  Take a few minutes to write to your state legislators (senator and assemblyman) … Continue reading

High-Speed Rail Evolution

A History of Deceit and Broken Promises With a lull in news about California’s high-speed rail project as both proponents and opponents await the release of the Final 2012 Business Plan it is worth looking back over the past two … Continue reading

California High-Speed Rail’s Fraudulent Funding Plan

Rail Authority Relies on Non-Existent Federal Programs and All $9 Billion of Proposition 1A Bonds to Build the Initial Operating Section. The voter approved High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act, Proposition 1A, stipulates that a funding plan must be in place … Continue reading

20 Years of California’s High Speed Rail Authority…

…False Promises, Self-Denial, and Public Deception Early Promises Almost 20 years have lapsed since California Senate Continuing Resolution 6 (SCR 6)  [Note 1] gave birth to the Intercity High-Speed Rail Commission in 1993.  The Commission’s mission: “ (Be it) Resolved … Continue reading

Rail Authority Admits Central Valley Costs Exceed Twice Previous Estimate

A Comparison of Draft EIRs to the Authority’s 2009 Report Reveals the Truth Mark Twain once said, “There are lies, damn lies, and then there are statistics.” Truly, Mr. Twain was correct in recognizing that the use of statistics beats … Continue reading

High Speed Deception

California High Speed Rail Authority’s term, “Initial Construction Segment”, consists of well-chosen words. Members of California’s High-Speed Rail Authority are all aware that no high-speed train can possibly operate profitably on their proposed $6.5 Billion, 115 mile Initial Construction Segment … Continue reading

Standing in the Path of High Speed Rail…

Farmers, Homeowners, and 700 Dead Cows Each Day California’s High-Speed Rail Authority appears poised to run over everything in its way along a 220 mile per hour path of destruction through Kings County in California’s Central Valley.  In May the … Continue reading

New Facebook Group Formed in Central Valley to Oppose High Speed Rail

Fueled by their frustrated attempt to provide public comment at a recent California High-Speed Rail outreach event held at Kit Carson School in rural Hanford the thwarted commenters are making their voices heard by creating a Facebook group, Californians Against … Continue reading

Roadtrip Along the Path of High Speed Rail

Part 1 – Palmdale to Bakersfield – The  Next “Train to Nowhere” This blogger set out to drive the proposed path of high speed rail(HSR) with the anticipation that some unexpected revelations might await.  I was not disappointed.    It was … Continue reading

More Delays for California High Speed Rail

HSR Environmental and Financing Schedules Experience Massive Slippage “Slippage” is a word California’s High Speed Rail Authority Chairman, Curt Pringle, does not like used in reference to the his project’s schedule.  At least that is what he told Board Member Lynn … Continue reading