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How much does it cost to go from Los Angeles to San Francisco by train?
Nearly $100 billion.
It’s not a punch line. It’s the sticker-shock price tag from the California High-Speed Rail Authority to build a bullet train that engineering and transportations experts now say probably will not reach speeds of 150 or 200 mph, offering instead a not-that-fast rail route between L.A. and the Bay Area, whose cost will be paid by Californians for decades.
California’s bullet train appears to have released a “High Case” estimate of $98.1 billion to prepare the public for much higher tunneling costs.
Breitbart News reported on March 9 that the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s (CHSR) new chief program officer, Roy Hill, had issued a 114-page “2018 Draft Budget” with a “Base Case” cost to build the 500-mile bullet train that had more than doubled to $77.3 billion, or $155 million per mile.
That compared to the $37 billion, $74 million-per-mile plan that Gov. Schwarzenegger and other advocates claimed when they convinced voters to pass Proposition 1A in 2008.
One week after Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited California to officially announce the Justice Department’s lawsuit challenging the state’s “sanctuary” laws during a speech in Sacramento, President Trump is preparing to visit the Sunshine state on Tuesday in his first visit since taking office.
And as one might expect, his planned visit is already generating controversy in the state. Though the LAPD says they haven’t received any permits for a “Woman’s March” sized rally, small protests are being planned throughout the city – including in Beverly Hills, where he will attend a fundraising dinner Tuesday evening, as the Fresno Bee reported.
During the ‘Big One’ it will all disappear.
Large swaths of the Bay Area, including the region’s biggest airport, are sinking. As a result, the area could face catastrophic flooding when sea levels rise, new research suggests.
The findings suggest the Bay Area could be even more prone to flooding than current emergency hazard maps or models of climate change predict.
“The ground goes down, sea level comes up, and flood waters go much farther inland than either change would produce by itself,” Manoochehr Shirzaei, an assistant professor of Earth and space exploration at Arizona State University and a member of NASA’s Sea Level Change Team, said in a statement.
Having already raged at Attorney General Jeff Sessions last night, after last night’s news of the Justice Department bringing suit against California over its Sanctuary State ‘laws’…
“At a time of unprecedented political turmoil, Jeff Sessions has come to California to further divide and polarize America.
Jeff, these political stunts may be the norm in Washington, but they don’t work here. SAD!!!”
A horrified California Governor Jerry Brown held a press conference today to signal as much virtue as possible…
“This is really unprecedented for the chief law enforcement officer of the United States to come out to California and act more like Fox News than a law enforcement officer. This is a political stunt,” Brown said.
“We know the Trump administration is full of liars. They’ve pled guilty already to the special counsel.”
Then he raised the rhetoric to ’11’…
Yesterday, we pointed out that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has finally acted to stop California from ignoring federal immigration authorities and laws, with the DOJ suing the state to nullify Assembly Bill 450, which stops private companies from voluntarily cooperating with federal immigration authorities.
And shortly after the suit was filed, Sessions warned chided the state for disobeying federal laws, saying American law provides no room for secession or nullification, per the Hill
“I understand that we have a wide variety of political opinions out there on immigration. But the law is in the books and its purposes are clear and just,” Sessions said during a speech to the California Peace Officers’ Association in Sacramento on Wednesday.
“There is no nullification. There is no secession. Federal law is the supreme law of the land. I would invite any doubters to go to Gettysburg, to the tombstones of John C. Calhoun and Abraham Lincoln. This matter has been settled,” he continued.
The lawsuit filed by the DOJ aims to block three so-called sanctuary laws passed by the state’s legislature this year.