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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Pork Barrel Spending Plan with Funding from Cap and Trade

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

With a major announcement last Monday, Senate pro Tem Senator Darrell Steinberg announced a new major spending initiative with the funding to come from expected Cap and Trade revenues. Steinberg’s proposal can be viewed here. The plan encompasses a wide range of projects, from transportation, to new streets, funding for below market rate housing, funding […]

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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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