High Speed Rail Legal Problems Reaching A Climax

Morris Brown
Resident of Menlo Park and Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail project

Last Thursday, the Plaintiff’s in the Tos et. al vs. the High Speed Rail Authority filed their reply brief to the Attorney General’s brief in this highly watched case.  (Sacramento Superior Court  #34-2011-00113919). The Court hearing on these issues is set for Nov 8, and the Judge will rule within 90 days thereafter. Judge Kenny […]

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Investigate High Speed Rail

Morris Brown
Resident of Menlo Park and Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail project

First exposed by the LA Times, the recent revelation, that the rules for awarding the first construction bid contract for the California High Speed Rail project were changed in the middle of the process, needs a full blown investigation. The Authority CEO, Jeff Morales seems to be immersed in a world of his own imagination. […]

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High Speed Rail CEO Jeff Morales Scrambles to Explain his Actions

Morris Brown
Resident of Menlo Park and Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail project

Last week the LA Times disclosed the Authority had changed the construction bidding rules for the first segment of the High Speed Rail project. See here. The rules, by which a winning bidding group would be chosen, were established by a full vote of the Authority Board at the March 1, 2012 Board meeting.

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Legal Question Hangs Over High Speed Rail Funding

Morris Brown
Resident of Menlo Park and Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail project

On July 6, 2012, the Legislature passed with a bare majority of one vote, the initial construction appropriation bill for the High Speed Rail project. With Senator Darrell Steinberg and Senator Mark Leno assuming leadership, the bill was rushed through both legislative houses.  This appropriation bill was first presented to the legislature on the afternoon […]

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Some Important History on California High Speed Rail

Morris Brown
Resident of Menlo Park and Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail project

Governor Brown in his State of the State address saved advocating for High Speed Rail until the very end.  Trying to impress, he made sure that everyone knew he had authored the original legislation over 30 years ago. One really should examine that history and learn the result of that legislation. With these facts in […]

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Public Television Joins in Advocating for Prop 30 and Prop 38

Morris Brown
Resident of Menlo Park and Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail project

A resident of Menlo Park and founder of DERAIL, the original grassroots effort against the California High-Speed Rail project. Last Friday (10/26/2012), on KQED-TV, the bay area public television station, aired a 30 minute segment discussing Propositions 30 and 38.  Normally from this news segment, one would expect, at least the pretense that this would […]

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State Legislature Appropriates $8 billion, but it is Certainly not for High Speed Rail

Morris Brown
Resident of Menlo Park and Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail project

On Friday, the State Senate passed by a 21:16 margin an appropriation bill for $8 billion. The leadership claims it is for High Speed Rail, but that certainly is not the case. Not a single Republican voted for the bill which needed 21 votes to pass. There are 25 Democrats in the State Senate. Four […]

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