Refocusing away from the increasingly entertaining City Council race and back to high-cost rail for a moment, the SacBee's Dan Walters has another good round-up of the Governor's reaction to the adverse ruling we wrote about back in August. Walters notes
Sacramento Judge Michael Kenny agreed with San Joaquin Valley opponents of the project that a series of financial and procedural requirements to commit funds from the bond issue had not been met, thus imperiling plans to start construction on an initial segment in that region.
The winning lawyers want Kenny to block any further work on the initial line and “go back to square one” to comply with the bond requirements, but such a delay could violate a looming federal government deadline for using its funds.
In response, state lawyers creatively argue that construction can begin with $3.24 billion in federal grants without using state money, under a waiver granted by federal authorities eager to score a high-speed success.
Please do click through and read the full article about Lockyer's reluctance to release funds and the threat to CEQA from a couple of federal bureaucrats who have "approved" a project that is entirely within one state. We know that "blending" with Caltrain violates Prop 1A, but the Guv doesn't seem to care. This fight ain't over.