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Why Gavin Newsom Is No Fan of High-Speed Rail

How will California ever finish high-speed rail when it can’t finish San Francisco’s Downtown Rail Extension? Twenty-three years ago, a restauranteur named Gavin Newsom was appointed to his first political gig, as a San Francisco parking-and-traffic commissioner. Back then, a top priority of San Francisco transportation officials was a proposed...

Bullet Train Sets Speed Record . . . For Burning Through Cash

Long before it's done, California's bullet train project is setting speed records. Not land speed records, mind you. Spending records. Ralph Vartabedian, the high-speed rail watchdog for the Los Angeles Times, reports that the project has cost state taxpayers an average $3.1 million a day over the last year. Spending...