High cost rail eagle eyes located here have discovered that
Gov. Jerry Brown asked the California Supreme Court to block delays to the state’s high-speed rail project just three days after accepting the maximum campaign contribution from the state’s high-speed rail contractor.
On January 21, Tutor Perini, which has more than a $1 billion in outstanding contracts with the California High-Speed Rail Authority, donated $27,200 to the governor’s reelection committee, Brown for Governor 2014.
Just three days later on January 24, Gov. Brown asked the California Supreme Court to intervene in two lower court rulings that halted the state’s high-speed rail construction. The Sacramento Bee featured the headline, “Jerry Brown asks California Supreme Court to intervene on high-speed rail.”
In November, a Sacramento Superior Court judge delivered “a major legal blow to the California bullet train” that effectively halted California’s $68 billion high-speed rail project. In his ruling, Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny found that the project had violated voter-approved requirements on the construction process and therefore could not tap $9 billion in bonds. Construction cost estimates for the project have more than doubled, since voters approved the project in 2008.
Brown’s attorneys argued to the state Supreme Court that “the future of the rail system may effectively be determined by two Superior Court rulings untethered from the law approved by the Legislature and the voters to build it.”
Last year, the California High-Speed Rail Authority awarded a billion dollar design-build contract to a joint venture headed by Tutor Perini Corporation. The contract is valued at approximately $985 million, plus an additional $53 million in provisional sums. Tutor Perini’s portion of the contract value is approximately $500 million, according to the company’s website.
Brown has also proposed using $250 million in new greenhouse gas fees—also known as cap-and-trade fees—to fund the project.
The maximum campaign contribution to statewide candidates, according to the Fair Political Practices Commission, is $27,200.
Now, of course, it's a legal and I support legal actions......so there's nothing to see here, move along, Mister.