In 2008, Californians approved $9 billion to begin building a high-speed railway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. But since then, the total projected cost has ballooned to $68 billion — dwarfing any other public works project in state history. Construction in the Central Valley has faced a multitude of obstructions, and public support has dwindled statewide. Today, Governor Brown presided over a symbolic groundbreaking in Fresno, responding to critics by comparing the project to the cathedrals of Europe, which took generations to be completed.
Photo: Governor Brown and other officials at California’s High-Speed Rail project groundbreaking in Fresno, January 6, 2015 (Saul Gonzalez)