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The California High Speed Rail Ruling

Kevin T. Hale, KTTV Vice President & General Manager Kevin T. Hale, KTTV Vice President & General Manager

In an earlier editorial, we forcefully made the case that the California High Speed Rail is truly a train to nowhere. 

That The High Speed Rail project only had enough money to get from Madera to Pixley.

And worse -- the train would not even be electrified. 

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The likelihood would be that the High Speed Rail would end up just a useless hulk, in the middle of the Central Valley.

The result would be that Southern Californians would be paying billions for a rail line they could never use. 

High Speed Rail had no viable funding plan beyond getting to Pixley. 

Now, Sacramento Judge Michael Kenny agrees.

According to his November 25 ruling, The Rail Authority violated the funding requirements of Prop 1-A. 

The initiative required that they demonstrate it had enough projected funding to build a usable segment from Madera to Bakersfield to the San Fernando Valley. 

The Rail Authority never did that.

Instead, they arrogantly tried to start construction, knowing they were violating Prop 1-A funding conditions.

They were painfully aware that they did not have the money to get to the San Fernando Valley. 

Governor Brown: You knew The High Speed Rail Authority was not giving Californians what they voted for. 

You should have stopped them from going forward.

In my opinion you made a mistake.

The least you can do now -- is to stop the bullet train in its tracks.

Thanks for listening.

What do you think? We want to hear from you about this P.O.V. segment. Share your thoughts in the comments section below or email me directly at POV@fox11.com.

Kevin T. Hale,
Vice President and General Manager
KTTV-TV, FOX 11 News

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