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Lawsuit Threatens California High-Speed Rail Project

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(FOX 11) Fifteen declarations, part of a lawsuit filed on behalf Kings County and Central Valley farmers, bring out some heavy hitters. Among the declarations is one by Judge Quentin Kopp, a former state senator and superior court judge, whose legislation created the California High-Speed Rail Authority in 1996.

Kopp, who was also a chairman of the rail authority and a major force behind Prop 1-A bullet train law, says voters have been betrayed.

"The way they're propagating this so-called plan now is contrary and it's in violation of explicit and carefully debated and written provisions of Prop 1-A," he says.

Mike Brady, the lawyer for the plaintiffs, invites all Californians to read the declarations.

"Prop 1-A was an initiative and an initiative is different than a statute," he says. "No discretion is given to the Authority. None of these terms like ‘blended' or ‘phased' or ‘building part of it' is acceptable. No way. You don't get any flexibility with an initiative. So that's what they're up against. And keep in mind, these declarations are evidence of that."

Paul Jones, a high-speed rail engineer who designed three systems in Spain and Korea, says the rail authority will not be able to meet its promise to voters that the train will be able to make it from Los Angeles to San Francisco in two hours and forty minutes.

"The modifications that the rail authority have made in their design and their plans and particularly the blended approach make that time virtually impossible to achieve," says Jones.

Watch Heidi Cuda's video report on this lawsuit.

 

 

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