**See Updates below** CARRD has written a letter to various agencies (Santa Clara VTA Board Members, LAFCO Board Members, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors) and the City of Gilroy leaders regarding the Gilroy station alternatives. Our letter on this issue and supporting documents area available here. At the VTA board meeting held on March […]
Our current estimate is $65 billion, a big difference from the official $43 billion number. Why so different? The $43 billion number assumed that the project was largely unchanged from its 2005 configuration. Important (and expensive) changes have been made since then but no updated number has been released. A new cost number was to […]
Governor Schwarzenegger made several appointments to the California High Speed Rail Authority Board on the eve of his departure. The Governor is allowed to appoint 5 of the 9 members of the Authority board, and none of those appointments require Senate confirmation. The Governor took action on three of the slots. According to the […]
The California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) is meeting federal requirements for “independent utility” with a plan to have Amtrak trains use the Central Valley tracks, if and only if, the rest of the high speed rail project is not built. Some potential issues with this plan: 1) Someone will have to be responsible for […]
You can read our letter to the Attorney General asking him to initiate quo warranto proceedings, the legal process to remove someone who is illegally in office.
Legislative Counsel issues legal opinion: Two California High Speed Rail Authority members have a Conflict of Interest In a letter dated April 23rd, 2010, Legislative Counsel Diane Boyer-Vine (state legislature’s lawyer) sent a letter to Secretary of the Senate Gregory Schmidt, indicating that there are two current members of the board of the California High […]