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High-speed rail revisited

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webmaster | 04/11/13

Hey! Guess what. You’re being sued. But, you’re not alone. Actually, everyone in the world is included in a suit filed by state of California. “High-Speed Rail Authority v. All Persons Interested” was introduced by the state last week as a pre-emptive strike against anyone who might want to file suit against the sale of bonds to build the behemoth rail system.

The strategy is being used by the Office of the Attorney General to assure potential purchasers of state bonds that it is definitely legal to issue the bonds that are needed to begin the construction of the so-called bullet train this summer. The idea is to deal with all potential lawsuits in one fell swoop. An obscure passage in state law allows certain entities (but not individuals) to utilize this “sue now or forever hold your peace” tactic.

Mike Rosenberg, writing for the San Jose Mercury News, claims that it is “still unclear whether the case could affect the construction schedule, as officials may be able to use federal funds first or roll the dice and spend the bonds before (a) judge makes a ruling.” Of course, the second alternative would involve the borrowing of $8.6 billion by California, a state that already has a problem trying to honor its financial commitments.

The Chowchilla wye

Last week, the California High-Speed Rail Authority also approved an environmental impact study of four proposed routes in the Central Valley. All of the routes involve the area in and around Chowchilla. These are Highway 152 to Road 13, Highway 152 north to Road 18, Highway 152 south to Road 18, and Avenue 21 to Road 13...


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