California High Speed Rail Authority Board (formerly)Retired Superior Court Judge and former chairman of the California High Speed Rail Authority Board; former state Senator who wrote the bill creating the HSRA
FROM Quentin Kopp
High-Speed Rail, Friend or Foe? As a State Senator from San Francisco, Quentin Kopp co-wrote the law launching the bullet train project in California. He served as chair of the state agency overseeing the system. Now a retired Superior Court judge, he has testified on behalf of agriculture interests who've sued to halt the development of high-speed rail.
Trouble on the Tracks for High-Speed Rail Some states are returning federal money for high-speed rail, claiming it’s a boondoggle that taxpayers can’t afford. In California, even some supporters have their doubts now that the first segment is scheduled for the Central Valley—far from the terminals in LA and San Francisco. Tonight, we’ll hear about a plan to replace political appointees who make the decisions with experts in all the specialties involved.
California Gets Big Money for High-Speed Rail In his State of the Union address last night, President Obama announced an $8 billion high-speed rail initiative, and California will get the largest piece, $2.25 billion. In Tampa, Florida today, he reiterated his intention , which could prove important for the future of transportation in California. "There's no reason why other countries can build high-speed rail lines and we can't."
Proposition 1a: High Speed Rail, On or Off? The Department of Transportation says Americans are driving less and riding more on public transit; $4 a gallon gasoline has led Congress to finally authorize $14 billion for Amtrak, intercity passenger trains and high-speed rail. If the Senate and President Bush go along, that could mean money for California, if voters pass a November bond issue that would provide $10 billion to begin building a bullet train from Orange County to Sacramento. The first leg would be from Anaheim to the Bay Area, and some of the proposed route would share right of way with the Union Pacific. Last week we heard that the railroad is making last-minute objections, raising safety concerns in case the new technology collides with the old one.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.