The news today that U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is resigning doesn't really help the cause too much since it appears L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is queued up to take his place. Villaraigosa is as big a high-cost rail advocate as LaHood--maybe more. While he is credited with overhauling L.A.'s transit system, those improvements are hard to discern.
On the local front, little ole B'game is being asked to contribute $5,000 to the Community Coalition on High Speed Rail lawsuit seeking to stop high-cost rail because it comply with the provisions of the original Prop. 1A that funds the California part of the immense cost. Here is a bit of CC-HSRs' request.
There is an excellent chance that the litigation filed by Kings County and the individual plaintiffs can stop this project. However, while this is a strong case on the merits, it is also a "David and Goliath" effort. Attorney Mike Brady is handling the case on a pro bono basis, but is facing the State of California and the Attorney General's office, with literally hundreds of attorneys and unlimited resources. Financial support is vitally needed for this case (especially since costs alone are estimated to be in the range of $50,000 or more). In addition, Mr. Brady wishes to retain attorney Stuart Flashman (well known to Burlingame, and who has won two cases against the High-Speed Rail Authority before the Judge who is hearing the Proposition 1A case).
The Council will consider it on Feb. 4th and I, for one, hope they approve the five grand. It's a small contribution to an important cause.