October 3, 2009
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, state Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and other political and business leaders on Friday hailed California’s historic bid for $4.7 billion for a high-speed- train network. California formally submitted its application Friday afternoon to the federal Department of Transportation to fund a rail system that would connect much of the state. The benefits to Glendale and Burbank could vary, even as construction and engineering plans continue to be developed.
September 28, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brownhas signed a bill that requires state high-speed rail officials to disclose their financial investments and eliminates a loophole that created potential conflicts of interest for the project's board members. The legislation by Assemblyman Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) requires members of the California High-Speed Rail Authority board to comply with the financial disclosure and conflict provisions of the California Political Reform Act. The measure further states that contractors and subcontractors, such as consultants, must disclose their financial interests if they are hired by the authority to conduct peer review studies.
March 27, 2013
The California bullet-train project has collided with farmers, political conservatives and wealthy suburbanites who would like to see the $68-billion system killed. Now it is facing tough criticism from an unlikely quarter: within the ranks of high-speed rail's true believers. Some longtime backers of the project are objecting to political compromises that they say undermine legal safeguards for the massive investment, notably a design that would move passengers between urban destinations faster than air travel, as well as requirements intended to prevent a half-built system.
June 18, 2012
The next two weeks are expected to be busy ones in the state Capitol. For starters, Democrats and Gov. Jerry Brown continue to haggle over the incomplete budget sent by lawmakers to the governor's desk Friday. Brown has until June 27 to sign or veto the spending plan. He can also eliminate some spending unilaterally with his line-item veto authority. Brown's chief objections to the Democrats' budget remain their plan to suspend work requirements and job training programs for welfare recipients, and the budget's use of $250 million in property tax revenues to balance the state's books that Brown wants to go to counties.
July 9, 2012
"It's a jobs creator, and thank God we got it," Gov. Jerry Brown said of funding for high speed rail, narrowly approved by the Legislature last week. He and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood were at the Port of Oakland on Monday to take a victory lap. The state Senate barely passed $8 billion in state and federal spending on the bullet train and related transportation projects on Friday, sending the bill to Brown for his signature. The federal funding was contingent on the state allocating money.
June 4, 2005
RECREATION TRAIL RULES The City Council adopted an ordinance setting out rules of the road for recreational trails. WHAT IT MEANS To ensure safety on biking, hiking and equestrian trails, the Police Department drafted an ordinance stating what vehicles would be allowed, Burbank Police Capt. Craig Varner said. Six types of motorized vehicles will be prohibited from recreational trails, Varner said. Pedestrians, roller skates, skateboards and bicycles will be allowed on bike paths.
October 24, 2012
California's plan to build a $68-billion bullet train divided the Legislature this summer, so it is no surprise that it became a hot-button election issue. And nowhere is that split more on show than in the 5 th Senate District contest in the San Joaquin Valley. The race features two Stockton lawmakers: Democratic Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani, a leading proponent of the high-speed rail project, and Republican Assemblyman Bill Berryhill, one of the most outspoken opponents of the project in the Legislature.
May 10, 2012
Concerned about possible delays in state funding of high-speed rail, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told California leaders Thursday that the Legislature needs to send a signal that it is committed to the project by including money for it in the state budget to be approved next month. LaHood traveled to Sacramento for meetings with Gov. Jerry Brown, legislative leaders and some lawmakers who are questioning whether to continue funding for the $68-billion project, for which the federal government has pledged $3.3 billion in matching funds.
June 20, 2012
After encountering criticism from environmental groups, Gov. Jerry Brown signaled Wednesday that he plans to withdraw his controversial proposal to protect the California bullet train project from injunctions sought by environmental lawsuits. Brown's staff told key environmental groups that he would no longer include modifications to the California Environmental Quality Act in a package of legislation this month asking for $6 billion to start construction of the high-speed rail project.
July 6, 2012
After nearly two decades of debate, the decision to move ahead on the California high-speed rail project will come down to a state Senate vote this afternoon that could be decided by one or two members. The Senate will have to accept an $8 billion measure backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, reject it or come up with a new spending plan of its own for the project. The state Assembly approved Brown's plan on Thursday. Democratic leaders are attempting to jam wavering Senators into a difficult position of falling in line behind the Brown plan or risking playing chicken with the federal government on an alternative plan.