The U-T is reporting that the California High Speed rail project could come crashing down in court tomorrow.
A Sacramento County Superior Court judge is scheduled to hear arguments in a lawsuit that claims the project doesn’t comply with a statewide ballot measure approving $9.9 billion in bonds for the systems.
. . . Former Sen. Quentin Kopp, involved in planning high-speed rail since 1992, states in an expert declaration in the case that the so-called “blended” system forcing the bullet train and standard rail to share tracks from San Francisco to San Jose is not genuine high-speed rail.Even if the lawsuit fails, it is clear that the voters were sold a pack of lies. Dean has been covering the history.
There is no doubt that even if the state loses the lawsuit, that won't prevent them from moving forward. It is a hallmark of this era that mere judicial rulings do not deter the government from proceeding with its intended aims.
Researching the text of the law, I came across this little gem:
"the planned passenger train service to be provided by the authority, or pursuant to its authority, will not require operating subsidy." This must be certified prior to expending funds. I don't know if it is part of the lawsuit, but I wouldn't want to be the state official who had to sign that document.
We will see what happens tomorrow.
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