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Jerry Brown’s Train Wreck

Original post made by Morris Brown, Menlo Park, on Oct 4, 2016

An especially illuminating article “Jerry Brown’s Train Wreck” --“The California Governor doesn’t want anyone looking under the high-speed rail track”, has just appeared in the Wall Street Journal.

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The bill in question, AB-2847, passed through the California State Senate and Assembly on unanimous votes. The bill essentially would have implemented recommendations from the State, non-partisan Legislative Analyst Office, regarding the need for more oversight on the High Speed Rail project.

Yet, Governor Brown fails to see the need for more oversight of the High Speed Rail Authority, and he vetoed the bill. If ever a veto needed to be over ridden, this one stands out.

There will be no attempt to over ride this veto. There have been no vetoes over ridden in California since 1980. To even mount such an effort, the State Legislature would have to be called back into session before Nov 30th, and there is simply no appetite for this to occur.

Comments (11)

Posted by morris brown
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 4, 2016 at 7:47 am

Sorry -- the link to view the WSJ article is currently locked out behind a pay gate.

You this link to view the article.

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Posted by Steve Ly
a resident of Los Altos
on Oct 4, 2016 at 10:47 am

This is pathetic. A bipartisan attempt to have this project be subject to some basic oversight goes down the tubes. No wonder people are cynical about government.

Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 4, 2016 at 12:45 pm

Any objective oversight process would have panned the project. Its outcome is predetermined. So why spend money on a needless government process?

Posted by Srsly?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 4, 2016 at 12:54 pm

Oversight is needed because the budget has been plagued with overruns!

Oversight is needed because contractors and subcontractors can bid low to get the job, the claim they now have "unforeseen expenses", and other shenanigans.

Oversight is needed because big projects rarely come in on time.

Oversight is needed because this is a huge project-- a lot will go wrong.

Oversight is needed because this is a very controversial project, making it subject to lawsuits, more lawsuits, even sabotage.

'Nuff said?

Posted by Me
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 4, 2016 at 2:19 pm

Why is this a surprise? He has been transparent about his love of the Choo Choo to Nowhere, yet you guys still voted for him. That's what you get for being knee-jerk Democrats.

Posted by Robert
a resident of another community
on Oct 4, 2016 at 2:28 pm

Morris is just upset because he pinned his hopes and dreams on Atherton prevailing in a lawsuit against Caltrain, and now we're all going to end up suffering from its electrification and the horrors of having improved transit service.

Posted by Jerry
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 4, 2016 at 2:32 pm

This is Jerry Brown's legacy issue. It has been, and will continue to be declared a success, even before a single train car rolls. Who cares about money, when legacy is on the line?

Posted by Me
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 4, 2016 at 3:23 pm

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Posted by Leslie
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 4, 2016 at 6:34 pm

The fix has been in ever since Governor Browndoggle was re-elected. The inmates are truly running the asylum in Sacramento. What is really needed is a recall of the governor but it's probably too late now. Unfortunately he didn't have a viable opponent in 2010.

I'm not going to read the WSJ article; it will only make me ill.

Posted by Me
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 5, 2016 at 9:40 am

Guess it's not allowed to called out paid shills for high speed rail? It seems ok for people to accuse others of being in the pocket of developers so why not identify one of the biggest supporters who has his own blog paid by the people who are going to make boatloads of money by ramming this wasteful boondoggle down our throats?

Posted by A BIG Question
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 7, 2016 at 11:00 am

A BIG Question is a registered user.

Since almost no one wants this train, or the eminent domain it requires, nor the taxes it will impose on we the people.....why is this abomination happening anyway?????

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