I have not been posting the blow-by-blow legal and funding maneuvering that accompanies the High Cost Rail boondoggle, but Quentin Kopp's turning point is notable. You can find some of the background here, here and here. Kopp is quoted as saying
"The plan has been distorted in a way directly contrary to the high-speed rail plan the Authority attempted to implement while I was Chairman, namely, a true HSR system containing all the features, terms and protections desired by the Legislature and honoring restrictions placed upon use of Proposition 1A bond proceeds by the Legislature."
I suppose a hearty "Better Late Than Never" is in order. Will it matter? Probably not. Do I wish the B'game City Council had voted to spend $5,000 supporting the suit? Absolutely. But we may still end up with a little section of a railroad to nowhere down in the Central Valley. It will be a Brown spot on the state's reputation for a long time.
Quick Update: Could it be that Quentin Kopp and the SF Chronicle wake up in the same week? Check out this cartoon from the March 21 Chron: