Now, however, the project is stuck — partially built, with billions of dollars spent — without sufficient political support or financial backing to guarantee it will ever be completed. That’s not just bad news for those of us who had hoped for fast, convenient, eco-friendly commutes up and down California, but it also raises questions about whether California, much less the United States, will ever be able to build the modern infrastructure this country needs. … [Read more...] about Will California’s bullet train be derailed by a waffling governor and a petty president?
“Look,” he added, “we will continue our regional projects north and south.” He was referring to environmental planning, electrifying a commuter line from San Jose to San Francisco and modernizing L.A.’s Union Station. “We’ll connect the revitalized Central Valley to other parts of the state and continue to push for more federal funding and private dollars. … [Read more...] about Newsom can thank Trump for saving him from his high-speed rail flub
California Gov. Gavin Newsom is facing lower-than-expected tax revenues, thanks to unexpectedly low sales tax revenues from legal marijuana, and the first implementation of the new federal cap on state on local tax (SALT) deductions. The San Jose Mercury-News reported earlier this week that California only collected $345 million, not the expected $1 billion, on legal marijuana sales in 2018, the first year that marijuana was legal for recreational use under Proposition 64 of 2016.Some analysts believe the taxes on marijuana were too high, making black market marijuana more attractive. Newsom, who favored legalization, has vowed to crack down on illegal marijuana operations, pulling California National Guard troops away from assisting with border enforcement to do so. In addition, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday: “State financial experts on Tuesday reported fiscal year-to-date revenues are more than $2.3 billion below the expectations set by Newsom’s first … [Read more...] about Gavin Newsom Struggles With Revenue Misses from SALT, Marijuana
“But let’s be real,” Newsom had said in a speech. “The current project, as planned, would cost too much and respectfully take too long. There’s been too little oversight and not enough transparency. Right now, there simply isn’t a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego, let alone from San Francisco to L.A. I wish there were. However, we do have the capacity to complete a high-speed rail link between Merced and Bakersfield.” … [Read more...] about Bullet trains? Monorails? An end to speed limits? California’s transportation future is going to be a wild ride
Over an eight-year period, state officials send estimates of the housing needed to meet projected population growth to regional agencies, including the Southern California Assn. of Governments in the Los Angeles area. These agencies outline how many new homes are needed across four income levels: very low, low, moderate and above-moderate. Today, more than 90% of the state’s 539 cities and counties are in compliance. … [Read more...] about After Huntington Beach lawsuit, Newsom warns cities he’ll continue housing law crackdown