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April 16, 2014



Alas, I have been too depressed about the latest ruling from a judge from whom I had high hopes:

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California’s highly controversial bullet train project dodged a bullet Tuesday when a judge declared that opponents had not proved that it would violate provisions of a 2008 bond measure.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny, whose earlier ruling favoring opponents on another aspect of the project had been set aside on appeal, more or less punted in his latest decision.

While the High-Speed Rail Authority “does not have sufficient evidence to prove that the blended system can currently comply with all of the bond act requirements,” he wrote, “the authority may be able to accomplish these objectives at some point in the future (and) there is no evidence currently before the court that the blended system will not comply.”

The “blended system” to which Kenny referred is a decision to merge the high-speed system with an electrified commuter rail service on the bucolic San Francisco Peninsula, aimed at quieting resistance among its affluent residents.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/dan-walters/article64834937.html#emlnl=Morning_Newsletter#storylink=cpy

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