Against California High Speed Rail by Mark R. Powell

Tag Archives: HSR

Lessons Learned from High Speed Railroaders…of Public Funds

High Speed Railroaders, Governor Brown and democrats in the State Legislature, possess an insatiable appetite for taxpayer money. California has the highest sales tax and the highest gasoline tax in the nation [Note 1] [Note 2].  Our maximum state income … Continue reading

Release of California Rail Bonds May Be Ruled Illegal

An Argument Against the California Legislature’s Release of $2.7 Billion in Proposition 1A Rail Bonds As a safeguard against what might be termed a “stranded investment”, the Californian High Speed Rail Authority is required to submit to the legislature (and … Continue reading

California Rail Authority and Senators Question the Legality of the Revised 2012 Business Plan

State Senators ask Legislative Counsel and Rail Authority asks Attorney General to Comment on Legality of the Business Plan. Senator Joseph Simitian, Chairman of Budget Subcommittee, and Senator Mark DeSaulnier, Chair of the Policy Committee on Transportation wrote to the … Continue reading

New Plan Says Phase 1 of California High Speed Rail Could Cost $117.6 Billion…..Plus Finance Charges of another $94 Billion

Rail Authority suggests simply charging it all to the American Debt card California’s High-Speed Rail Authority (the Authority) rolled out their 2011 Business Plan first to the press and then later put the entire plan on-line.  The Authority’s practice of … 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

Patriots in Kings County Arming to Fight High Speed Rail

Threatened Lawsuit Supplants Musket Balls and Dry Powder Kings County’s list of grievances with California’s High Speed Rail Authority is long and arduous. At the heart of the matter is the Authority’s consistent refusal to coordinate the development of their … Continue reading

Two More Reasons to Defund California High-Speed Rail

Lynn Schenk and Curt Pringle of California’s High-Speed Rail Authority The attached YouTube video clips are taken verbatim from the May 5, 2011 California High-Speed Rail Authority Monthly Board Meeting videotape.  In the first clip board member Lynn Schenk responds … Continue reading

California High Speed Rail: Costs Soar As Planning Goes Off Its Tracks

Put a Fork in it.  This Turkey is Done. California’s High Speed Rail Authority strives to avoid making public the massive cost overruns its staff now envisions.  The Authority prefers press releases that hype additional funds directed to California from other states that are … Continue reading

Imagining a World With California High Speed Rail

$9 Billion for 180 Miles of High Speed Rail Connecting Merced to Bakersfield California’s High Speed Rail Authority led by its Chairman, Curt Pringle, hopes to squander $9 Billion on high speed rail stretching from a few miles north of … Continue reading

High Speed Railroading of the Public

How Legislators Skirted the Law to Gain a Narrow Victory for Proposition 1A On November 4, 2008 Californians voted 52.5 to 47.5% in favor of the “Safe, Reliable, High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act”. In the next few paragraphs I expose … Continue reading