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Did Newsom Pull the Plug?

If you're asking if anything really changed, the short answer is 'no'.

Feb 14, 2019

“Let’s be real.  The current project, as planned, would cost too much and, respectfully, take too long. There’s been too little oversight and not enough transparency.” - Gavin Newsom in his State of the State Address

The San Diego -Tribune reports "Despite some media reports that Newsom “canceled” or “pulled the plug on” the bullet train, Newsom later indicated on Twitter that “We’re going to make high-speed rail a reality for CA.” 

So, what's going on?  Ralph Vartabedian, a reporter for the L.A. Times, and one of the best at following this story in our opinion, writes "But others took a more nuanced view of Newsom’s exact words, saying that his plan differs in only a few details from Gov. Jerry Brown’s final plan. Newsom would still build the Central Valley rail section, continue to finalize all of the environmental documents for the Los Angeles-to-San Francisco system and move ahead with transit funding agreements in the Bay Area and Southern California."

Elizabeth Alexis, a cofounder of the Bay Area watchdog group CARRD commented "the vague timetable for completing the Central Valley construction gives Newsom lots of time to maneuver if the nation’s political landscape changes and new funding comes out of Washington."

So Newsom will continue to build the Central Valley section which is no different than before.  The environmental documents for the other North and South sections move ahead.  SoCal and Bay Area transit system upgrades go forward.  If the Democrats win the Presidency in 2020 Newsom might have a shot at more federal money to expand the Central Valley system in either direction.  

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