California High-Speed Rail Project Secures Critical Funds

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The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) secured critical funding, nearly $1.2 billion from two major sources, for a Bay Area project that is considered key to completing the $64-billion rail project — making the rail project much more likely.   Thumbs up was given to the rail authority to proceed with the $2-billion Caltrain electrification… Read more »

Will the Fifth Amendment Become a Barrier to Trump’s Plan to Build a Wall?

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Some 450 businesses have submitted design proposals to be a part of the controversial U.S.-Mexico wall project. Over the last few months, there has been a lot of interest and academic discussion on the feasibility of the project from a logistics perspective to an engineering perspective. As eminent domain lawyers, we’re going to focus this… Read more »

California Continues to Fund High Speed Rail After Fed’s Decision to Hold

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The Federal Transit Administration’s decision to halt the funding ($647 million) for the electrification of the Caltrain — a key part of extending California’s high speed rail to the Bay area — didn’t stop the rail authority. Even though the FTA stated they needed “additional time to complete review of this significant commitment to Federal… Read more »

Is High Speed Rail Back On Track?

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A Sacramento County Superior judge rejected the latest attempt to derail the high-speed rail project. Judge Raymond Cadei rejected a temporary restraining order intended to stop the sale of bonds until a court could rule on whether spending it would violate Proposition 1A.   The lawsuit challenged the constitutionality of AB1889 — a last-minute piece… Read more »

Feds Put High-Speed Rail Project on Shaky Ground

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A $647 million grant to help modernize and electrify the Caltrain, which is considered a key part of extending California’s high-speed rail to the Bay area, has been halted by the Federal Transit Administration — and in the process killed any chance of the high-speed rail coming to San Francisco anytime soon.   In a… Read more »

California’s Bullet Train May Cost Much More Than Originally Planned

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A confidential report obtained by The Times shows that California’s bullet train is seven years behind schedule and may cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated. The report projects that the first 118-mile segment through Central Valley, which was supposed to be the easiest part of the route between L.A. and San Francisco, could cost $9.5… Read more »

California High Speed Rail Rejected for $15 Billion Loan

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The California High-Speed Rail Authority can’t seem to solve their most pressing problem, one that has hung over them since the conception of the project. The state doesn’t know where to find all of the $64-billion it will cost to complete the bullet train that will run from San Francisco to Los Angeles.   So,… Read more »

Billions to Be Unlocked After Approval By The High Speed Rail Board

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Through a unanimous decision, the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s board, approved to unlock billions of dollars in state bonds funds that it needs to continue construction in the Central Valley and San Francisco-San Jose segments.   The board approved $3.2 billion in funding from the nearly $10 billion that voters approved for a California high-speed… Read more »

A California Bill Just Made Using Eminent Domain Easier

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Only four years after signing legislation to dissolve more than 400 redevelopment agencies, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill — AB 24942 — that just made it easier for local government to seize homes and small businesses. This recent legislation will move California closer to the old Kelo-style laws that ignited a political firestorm. Redevelopment… Read more »

High-Speed Rail Project Becoming More and More Expensive

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A series of events over the last month has increased the cost of the high-speed rail project. First, the relocation of Highway 99 in Fresno — a key part of the project — is six months behind schedule and, according to Caltrans’ most recent projections, is going to cost an extra $35 million above previous… Read more »