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Howard Jarvis Group Collects 150% Signatures for Gas Tax Repeal

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers’ Association (HJTA), which has led California’s “Reject The Gas Tax” ballot initiative, delivered 940,000 signatures to Sacramento Tuesday, far above the required 585,407 valid signatures necessary to qualify the gas tax repeal for the November 2018 ballot.

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 18: California attorney general and Democratic candidate for governor Jerry Brown gestures as he speaks during a news conference with Asian Pacific Islander leaders on October 18, 2010 in San Francisco, California. With just over two weeks to go until election day, Jerry Brown received endorsements …

Jerry Brown Blasts Critics of High-Speed Rail Costs: ‘Bullsh*t’

California Governor Jerry Brown blasted critics of his cherished high-speed rail project in a speech to labor leaders in Sacramento on Monday: “This is bullshit … “I’m so tired of all the nonsense that I read in the paper and you hear from other politicians.”

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California High-Speed Rail Loses in Court — Again

The California High-Speed Rail Authority will have to obey the state’s environmental laws despite a federal board’s ruling that federal laws supersede them, according to a decision by a panel of Ninth Circuit judges on Wednesday.

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L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Proposes Monorail to San Fernando Valley

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has proposed building a monorail along the Interstate 405 to connect the San Fernando Valley with West Los Angeles on Tuesday, relieving traffic on one of the world’s busiest and most congested roads.

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Columnist: Watch How Jerry Brown Spends, Not What He Says

Columnist George Skelton of the Los Angeles Times makes an interesting observation about California Governor Jerry Brown and his new budget: while the governor talks “like a skinflint, a penny-pinching scold,” his spending priorities are liberal, and even radical.

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Can Trump Help California Dodge Jerry Brown’s Bullet Train?

The State of California issued the first tranche of taxable construction bonds last Thursday for the High Speed Rail Project, making it clear that it is determined to go ahead with the unpopular project despite numerous obstacles, including federal funding roadblocks thrown up by President Donald Trump.

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Gov. Brown Wants $5.2 Billion Tax Increase to Fix Transportation  

Gov. Jerry Brown wants the Democrat-controlled state legislature to hike unpopular registration fees and fuel excise taxes by $5.2 billion a year to fix transportation over the next decade — after years of diverting $1.5 billion in transportation infrastructure taxes to subsidize California’s General Fund bond payments.

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Republicans Ask Trump to Block Funding California High-Speed Rail

California’s House Republicans have penned a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to block a pending $650 million federal grant for California’s troubled high-speed rail project until an audit of the project’s finances is completed.

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CA High-Speed Rail: Over Budget, Behind Schedule

A new, confidential federal report shows that the initial segment of California’s partially federally-funded high speed rail (HSR) project will come in massively over budget and far behind schedule, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Texas Farmers Promise D.C. Fight for Land, Water

The president of the Texas Farm Bureau warned ranchers and farmers at the 83rd annual meeting that the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule for waters in the U.S., “if it’s allowed to happen, will hamstring many farmers and ranchers to the extent that it might not even be possible to farm.” Farmers and ranchers in Texas are struggling with government bureaucracy in many areas.

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Texas Farmers, Ranchers Call for Fairness in Eminent Domain

Texas farmers and ranchers will vote on resolutions to stand-up against taking more farm and ranch lands through eminent domain for high speed rail and other construction projects during a meeting in San Antonio December 3-5. The 83rd meeting of the Texas Farm Bureau will address the challenges in agriculture and rural Texas.

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Gavin Newsom Flip-Flops on $64 Billion High-Speed Rail

Lieutenant Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Wednesday that he now supports of California’s $64 billion high-speed rail system, after opposing it and withdrawing support for the controversial project just two years ago.

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Jerry Brown Vetoes Bill to Improve High-Speed Rail Oversight

California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have increased financial oversight of the state’s high-speed rail project, which aims to connect San Francisco to Los Angeles but lacks the necessary funds and rights of way.

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200 Evacuated from Amtrak in Armed Standoff

Nearly two hundred people were evacuated from an Amtrak train in Chatsworth, in the San Fernando Valley, after authorities received reports of an armed man aboard the train.

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Cal High-Speed Rail’s Four-Year Delay Costs $15 Billion

With the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSR) announcing another four-year delay in building the first link of its system, the cost for California’s ultimate boondoggle may increase by another $15 billion, to $79 billion.

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Jerry Brown’s High-Speed Rail Costs Under Scrutiny

Both Democratic and Republican members of the California State Assembly Transportation Committee discussed the financial risks and the estimated $64 billion dollar price tag for Gov. Jerry Brown’s legacy-defining high-speed rail system in nearly three hours of discussions in Sacramento on Monday, focusing on concerns as to where the funding for the massive project will be found.

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Hyperloop Promises L.A.-to-S.F. Commute for $30

With the audacious, crowdsourced “Hyperloop” meeting all its technical design milestones, the company’s CEO just promised the L.A.-to-San Francisco commute time will be 36 minutes–and only cost $30.

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Some Farmers Oppose Referendum on High-Speed Rail

Although polls reveal that most Californians now want to repurpose “high-speed rail” funding for drought relief, some farmers in the area are concerned that the initiative could actually make their lives worse.

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High-Speed Rail Clears Legal Hurdle — For Now

The California High-Speed Rail Authority cleared a legal challenge last week when a Sacramento judge ruled the authority does not have to validate required travel time between LA and San Francisco during the planning stages.

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‘Water over High-Speed Rail’ Measure Gains Steam

Proponents of a ballot measure that would prioritize water storage projects over the construction of a high-speed train have begun collecting the signatures necessary to place the measure on California’s 2016 ballot.