There's an important "new" web-site.
It includes a petition for us to sign in order to get the high-speed rail bond issue and project authorization back on the state ballot. My wife and I have signed it.
I urge every one of you, in the strongest possible terms, if you are a resident of California, to sign this petition.
I also ask that you make this web-site viral. E-mail this to everyone you know who lives in California and ask them to do the same.
It can make a huge difference, even if the Bill being authored by Senator Doug LaMalfa does not make it through the legislative pipeline. See article, below.
Here is the fact-sheet from the web-site:
FACT: Voters Were Fooled. High Speed Rail was supposed to be a $33 Billion Bullet Train project linking San Diego and Sacramento/San Francisco.
FACT: The cost of High Speed Rail has already TRIPLED to nearly $100 BILLION – with no end in sight!
FACT: $12.5 Million has already been wasted on public relations contracts for political insiders.
FACT: We can’t afford this $100 BILLION train at a time when teachers and cops are being laid off, prisoners are being released from our prisons and the state can’t even provide fire protection in our rural areas!
FACT: The first leg of the rail – being planned for Bakersfield – is not even high speed.
California Cannot Afford a $100 BILLION Train to Nowhere!
Sign the Petition to Revote Rail today!
Peer Review Group Rejects Rail Funding, LaMalfa to Introduce Re-vote Bill
Senator Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) today responded to the release of a recommendation by the California High Speed Rail Authority’s Peer Review Group that the Legislature reject construction funding for the project, which is estimated to cost over three times what voters were told in 2008.
“In the last month alone, we’ve learned that the Authority’s plan may violate California law, is misleading about the number of jobs the project would create, relies on federal funding that doesn’t exist and is opposed by a large majority of Californians,” LaMalfa said. “The Peer Review Group is right in recommending that the Legislature de-fund this project before the state wastes any more money that should go toward public safety and schools.”
The Peer Review Group’s report found that the risk to state finances outweighed the plan’s benefits, echoed concerns that the Authority relied on nonexistent federal funding and argued that cost estimates were overly optimistic and likely to increase further. The report is a major blow to the Authority, which the Peer Review Group has generally supported in the past.
“Californians don’t want high speed rail, the state can’t afford it and the costs far exceed any benefit to our state’s transportation infrastructure,” added LaMalfa. “Now that Californians have seen the project’s real numbers, two-thirds support a vote to reconsider the $100 billion price tag. This is why I am introducing a bill to put the project’s funding on the ballot and let voters decide the matter.”
Senator Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing the fourth Senate District including Shasta, Tehama, Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Siskiyou, Sutter, Del Norte, Placer, Trinity, Yuba and Nevada counties.