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    DAN WALTERS: Bullet train a big test of political integrity

    By DAN WALTERS, Sacramento Bee columnist
    Friday, Oct 18 2013 08:00 PM

    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown demonstrated this year that he's willing to skate very close to the hazy line that separates devotion to duty from political obstreperousness, virtually daring federal judges to hold him in contempt for stalling on orders to reduce prison crowding.

    That performance gives rise to uncertainty about Brown's reaction to another loss in the courts --- a Superior Court judge's finding that his pet bullet-train project, as now envisioned, violates the ballot measure that authorized state bonds for its construction.

    Sacramento Judge Michael Kenny agreed with San Joaquin Valley opponents of the project that a series of financial and procedural requirements to commit funds from the bond issue had not been met, thus...

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    Downtown Business Association supports downtown bullet train station

    Downtown Business Association officials said Tuesday that they will speak to the Bakersfield City Council at its Sept. 11 meeting in support of a high-speed rail station in downtown. The group's position is based on a recent anonymous...

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    Rail agency says fed law overrides state environmental rules

    An appellate court brief in a high-speed rail lawsuit from the Bay Area could have far-reaching implications in the rest of the state -- including the San Joaquin Valley, where the first stretches of the statewide bullet-train network are...

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    Key green light for California high-speed rail

    SACRAMENTO -- The California High-Speed Rail Authority won approval Thursday from a federal railroad oversight board to start construction this summer on the first leg of what would be the nation's first bullet train. The ruling removes...

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    Judge to hear lawsuit over high-speed rail bonds

    SACRAMENTO -- State officials on Thursday agreed to drop a request to consolidate all lawsuits challenging California's use of voter-approved high-speed rail bonds, allowing a trial seeking to stop their sale to begin later this month....

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    Valley farmers reach key settlement with bullet train agency

    SACRAMENTO -- A group representing Central Valley farmers said Thursday it reached a settlement with the California High-Speed Rail Authority in a lawsuit that was one of the biggest obstacles to the state's $68 billion bullet train...

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    Engineers suggest west-of-Hanford route for high-speed trains

    The high-speed rail report released Tuesday that recommended a so-called purple route through Bakersfield also recommended that the track alignment skirt Hanford's western edge through Kings County. The authority's board will receive a...

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    Bullet train draws a bull's eye on downtown Bakersfield

    California High Speed Rail officials have released a preliminary track alignment through Bakersfield that would steer clear of several notable local sites but would require the bulldozing of others. Properties and areas that would be...

  9. New CA rail plan to make major improvements in valley Amtrak

    While many are chattering about high-speed rail these days, state transportation leaders are quietly planning to drop more than $15 billion into California's existing Amtrak train service -- including a big chunk here in the valley....

  10. Madera Co. leader suggests new bullet-train route

    It may be a little late in the game, but a Madera County supervisor is floating a last-ditch alternative for a high-speed train route between Merced and Fresno. Supervisor David Rogers, who represents the Chowchilla area, wants to convince...

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    Calif. lawmakers review high-speed rail plans

    SACRAMENTO — State senators grilled officials who oversee California’s $68 billion high-speed rail project during a hearing Tuesday intended to investigate whether the project has sufficient staff and resources to actually build the nation...

  12. Landowners drop lawsuit against high-speed rail

    A collection of landowners whose properties are in the path of proposed high-speed trains in Madera and Fresno counties have dropped their lawsuit against the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The rail authority announced Friday that it...

  13. Brawl over unions divides contractors vying for piece of rail project

    In a bitter dispute that threatens to divide support for California high-speed rail, union and non-union contractors are fighting over a draft plan for setting aside some of the project's jobs for Central Valley minorities and small...

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