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California High-Speed Rail: Unsafe at Any Speed

tfrichards92 Wrote: Jul 10, 2012 4:21 PM
Considering that only ~1.7 million people flew between LAX and SFO in the last year, it's going to take, it's going to take 10x as long. Yet another waste of money in the PRCalifornia.
Democratic California state Sen. Joe Simitian probably is best-known as the author of California's bill to ban the use of hand-held cellphones while driving. After Friday's vote, Simitian may be best-known as the Democrat who warned his colleagues not to issue $4.6 billion in bonds for big-ticket high-speed rail.

"Any of us who talk to our folks know that they're asking the same questions," Simitian reasoned. "They're saying, 'Really? You made these cuts. We're threatened with more. And you want to build a high-speed train?'"

The state Senate, nonetheless, passed the bill with 21 votes. Gov. Jerry Brown praised lawmakers for their "bold...