More Oversight, Not Less, Needed for High Speed Rail 

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

At the Thursday (4/28/2016) meeting of the High Speed Rail Authority board, at which the 2016 Business Plan was approved, Chair Dan Richard made the comment: “Both because the recommendations from the peer review group and actually with our supporting this notion of stronger or I would say more visible legislative oversight” Video link here: The […]

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High Speed Rail Around the World Requires Government Subsidies

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

A bedrock contention of the California High Speed Rail Authority states when the California system is finally up and running, the system will operate with a profit.  Indeed, the Prop 1A bond act approved by the voters in 2008, mandates the system run without any operating subsidy. The issue keeps popping up, the most recent […]

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Evolving California High Speed Rail Now Degraded To Only A Commuter Train!

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

When voters passed in the November 2008 election, Prop 1A, they approved partially funding a 800 mile High Speed Rail project, that was to run from San Francisco to San Diego. The project was to be constructed quickly and be up and running by 2020. Approved Business plans in 2012 and 2014, then projected construction […]

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California High Speed Rail 2016 Business Plan — A Huge Fraud

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

                          The California High Speed Rail Authority just released the draft 2016 Business plan for the project. The new plan is a complete revision and now proposes to build the Initial Operating Segment (IOS) from San Jose to about 8 miles north of […]

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High Speed Rail Hides from Oversight

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

The Jan 27 2016, Assembly Budget Subcommittee hearing labeled “ Oversight of High Speed Rail” turned out to be anything but a hearing on oversight.  (Video of Hearing) The hearing, prompted by pressure from Republicans when an explosive LA Times article reported the Authority had failed to include and ignored cost increases predicted by its prime contractor, […]

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Audit the California High Speed Rail Authority

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

The California High Speed Rail Authority (CSHRA) once again opposes oversight of its actions.  On Tuesday the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) held a hearing on the request by State Senator Andy Vidak to have the State Auditor conduct an audit of the Authority’s activities. The Committee on a strictly party line vote denied the request. The […]

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The True Nature of the California High Speed Rail Authority

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

A constant theme portrayed by the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) voiced by Board Chair Dan Richard and CEO Jeff Morales is that the California High Speed Rail is the most transparent of any public project. Chair Richard would have you believe the CHSRA, is open, above board and constantly informs the Legislature and […]

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High Speed Rail Attempt To Lure Private Investors To “Show Us The Money” Fails Miserably

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

At the last HSR Authority board meeting, (Oct 6 2015), a presentation was given by CEO Jeff Morales, who had been ballyhooing that 36 private party organizations had responded to the Authority’s “Request for Expressions of Interest” invitation which was sent out a couple of months ago. Mr. Morales would have you believe that there […]

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On Caltrain’s ‘Downward Path’ With High-Speed Rail

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

A look at history reveals the downward path which Caltrain is now headed since its involvement with the California high-speed rail. (HSR). The passing of the high-speed rail act bond issue (Proposition 1A) in November 2008 had the full support of Caltrain, perhaps with good reason. Looking back, HSR would be allowed use of Caltrain’s […]

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Time for Legislature to Say No to Further High Speed Rail Funding

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

As we approach State budget approval time, it is appropriate to review the lack of funding for the HSR project.  The March 27th hearing in Senator Mark DeSaulnier’s committee, produced much information.  The committee produced a summary report of the hearing which can in full be viewed at here: From this report we read: ————————— […]

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