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Hearings on high-speed rail project are a study in contrasts

Friday, April 20, 2012

Sacramento Bee

A few hours later, the Senate budget subcommittee chaired by Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, took up the same request. The contrast was stark.

“Our job is oversight, not cheerleading,” Simitian declared. And he meant it.

Simitian and Sen. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, grilled officials of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, particularly Chairman Dan Richard, about the project’s finances, especially the federal government’s insistence that construction begin in the San Joaquin Valley and the lack of firm funding for any expansion beyond that initial segment.

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