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LAT Buries the Lede: Calif. Rail Authority Tried to Intimidate Consultants to Hide $1B Cost Overrun
NewsBusters ^ | May 11, 2014 | Tom Blumer

Posted on 05/11/2014 1:50:51 PM PDT by george76

The estimated cost of the initial segment of California's bullet train, Golden State Governor Jerry Brown's pet project, has (excuse the pun) just shot up from $6.19 billion to $7.13 billion. If this is the only overrun encountered in this opening phase, which would be atypical, and if the California High Speed Rail Authority has similar experiences on the remainder of the project, assuming it's ever completed, its cost will rise from a currently estimated $68 billion to about $78 billion.

Obviously a big cost overrun is news. But normally, evidence of an attempted government coverup of such an overrun is even bigger news. But not at the Los Angeles Times. The paper's Ralph Vartabedian kept it out of his headline and waited until his story's ninth paragraph to note it. Even then, his description was needlessly vague

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: enemedia; govtabuse; highspeedrail; highspeedtrains; media; mediabias; msm; msn; newspapers; obamascandals; oldmedia

1 posted on 05/11/2014 1:50:51 PM PDT by george76
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To: george76

And that my friends is the way the Big Dig Fiasco in Boston started...


2 posted on 05/11/2014 1:59:20 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: george76
Par for the course for the LA Slime. The leftist media, print, TV, or radio, is not about truth anymore, it is about propaganda in promulgating socialism. They have no shame and no conscience.
3 posted on 05/11/2014 2:02:20 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: george76

Next up, the infamous, “We’ve already spent too much money to stop NOW!”


4 posted on 05/11/2014 2:02:30 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: george76

After a lifetime of “servicing” the taxpayers of California, this will be Jerry Brown’s “final thrust.” From a man, and I use the term loosely, who has never held a private sector job in his life. The Browns are the “Kennedys” of California. Thankfully, Jerry has been so busy that he never had time to procreate, so there won’t be a third generation of “Browns.” We can thank the Lord for small favors.


5 posted on 05/11/2014 2:15:25 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: george76

This is going to cost nearly 150B if it ever gets built.
All to shore up Harry Reid and his criminal empire in Los Vegas


6 posted on 05/11/2014 2:22:43 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: george76

They call this the BULLET train? Won’t that upset Mike Bloomberg and the rest of the anti 2nd amendment hoplophobes? Oh, wait this is Gov Moonbeam’s pet project so it’s all good.


7 posted on 05/11/2014 2:29:04 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: george76

Bump


8 posted on 05/11/2014 2:38:34 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: george76

Aren’t there any other credible newspapers that can and will blow the whistle on this boondoggle?

Back in the day, newspapers competed fiercely to find “scoop” that would reveal corruption and win them Pulitzers.


9 posted on 05/11/2014 2:40:13 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: george76
Even then, his description was needlessly vague

Nah, try this replacement; "Even then, his description was purposely vague ..." When you write for the intelligentsia, you toe the line!

10 posted on 05/11/2014 2:45:40 PM PDT by SES1066 (Quality, Speed or Economical - Any 2 of 3 except in government - 1 at best but never #3!)
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To: george76

I am shocked that they would call it a bullet train hell if you even draw one in school you are tossed to the curb


11 posted on 05/11/2014 2:46:50 PM PDT by al baby (Hi MomÂ…)
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To: george76
The first leg of this con job is from Madera to Bakersfield. (About a 1 3/4 hour drive).

If there were much travel between the two destinations (there is not), it would likely handled by a car or private aircraft (Madera has no airline service, it's population is only 62K)

Even if the High Speed [sic] Rail would travel over 200 mph (it never, ever will), a car would still be faster for a Madera/Bakersfield trip considering parking, ticketing and baggage, security and seating and then car rental at the destination. Furthermore, trains are, by definition, always late.

Even if the High Speed [sic] Rail ticket price were heavily subsidized (it will be), a Madera/Bakersfield high speed choo choo would still be much, much more expensive than hopping into the family car for the trip.

It's all there, folks.

- It will take more time.

- It will cost more.

- And, it will not take you where you want to go, unless you happen to live at one station, and work at the other.

.

In the unlikely event that our 100 Billion Dollar Con Job on the voters ever gets built and running...

... Nobody will ride it!

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12 posted on 05/11/2014 2:54:51 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Zathras

“All to Shore Up Harry Reid and his criminal empire in Los Vegas”

As far as I know the train is going from San Diego to San Francisco - no Vegas stops ... Yet!

But, saw on TV this a.m. a Neil Kashkari capaign ad (Gov. candidate in Nov) pledging to stop the boondoggle.


13 posted on 05/11/2014 2:55:57 PM PDT by bunster
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To: al baby

For 78 billion, they can build enough desalination plants and infrastructure to never again have to worry abou a drought. In addition, they would put thousands to work.

But no, let’s build a train to nowhere.


14 posted on 05/11/2014 2:57:55 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary"S)
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To: bunster

Browndoggle

What should have happended. Lines from Ontario and Burbank to Barstow. One line to Vegas. Gambling on the train.

Brown should have gone to Vegas and met with casino owners, mayor, and governor. Only public funds for right of way, planning and review of environmental impact report. Vegas hotel tax $5-10 per night to pay for train and any operation shortages.


15 posted on 05/11/2014 2:59:58 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: Impala64ssa

<>They call this the BULLET train?<>

AKA the Brown Streak?


16 posted on 05/11/2014 3:13:56 PM PDT by Jacquerie (By their oaths, it is the duty of state legislators to invoke Article V.)
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To: george76

Meanwhile here in California we have no water. So the population will start dying. And the Feinsteins construction project will bilk Californians out of billions of dollars


17 posted on 05/11/2014 3:53:27 PM PDT by realcleanguy
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To: george76

Anybody see the pics of the burning bridge on I-15 between Los Angeles & Las Vegas at Hesperia last week?

That bridge already had $59 million spent on it and it has to be completely torn down & started over.

Another Cal Trans project!!!

The replacement bridge will cost even more—new contracts & higher costs, you betcha!!


18 posted on 05/11/2014 4:00:09 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Seaplaner
So why do the socialist want to push trains as the mode of transportation for the future?
If you have to go through a central point to enter the rail system then the public's movement and travel can be easily monitored and controlled.
19 posted on 05/11/2014 5:25:01 PM PDT by bonehead4freedom
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To: george76
What I don't know is why an obsolescent, mature technology like 19th century railroads are touted as “cutting edge” transportation’ in the 21st century? Now, if a monorail or MagLev was built on the current Los Angeles to San Francisco rail line — above the current tracks and using the same right of way — THAT would be 21st century. Instead of that, Gov. Jerry Brown wants to build a high speed “train to nowhere” from Fresno to Bakersfield, and connected (eventually) by low speed rail lines from SF to Fresno and Bakersfield to Los Angeles. How incredibly dumb and wasteful is this? This is absolutely mind numbing.
20 posted on 05/11/2014 6:08:27 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: Seaplaner
In the unlikely event that our 100 Billion Dollar Con Job on the voters ever gets built and running...
... Nobody will ride it!

That's exactly what I predicted when San Francisco BART was proposed, designed and built, IF labor unions were allowed to become the tail that wags the dog.

Which is exactly what happened. The unions can paralyze the system any time it chooses. There are insufficient parking lots at the stations which, I think, were proposed to be free but which no longer are.

The only thing that makes the impossible possible is the artificially high wages in San Francisco, and the corresponding sky high cost of living, primarily housing.

And the uncontrolled wages for this other welfare program, BART, are obscenely high. No secret, the wages are posted on line.

21 posted on 05/11/2014 6:28:33 PM PDT by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good grace to resign!)
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To: wildbill
Back in the day, newspapers competed fiercely to find “scoop” that would reveal corruption and win them Pulitzers.<<

Today...a “scoop” that will destroy a democrap will get you blacklisted and an IRS audit....sad isnt it

22 posted on 05/11/2014 7:15:39 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: george76
Obviously a big cost overrun is news. But normally, evidence of an attempted government coverup of such an overrun is even bigger news. But not at the Los Angeles Times.

The legacy of the LAT in manipulating the real estate business in California is second only to the Southern Pacific Railroad.

23 posted on 05/13/2014 7:02:30 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Islam offers us three choices: Defeat them utterly, die, or surrender to a life of slavery.)
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To: bonehead4freedom
So why do the socialist want to push trains as the mode of transportation for the future?

Farmland is flat and cheap, especially when you put the farmers out of business with water restrictions. Buy land along the corridor for "planned communities" as subsidized by carbon credits because of "no need for cars" and voila, a fat profit.

24 posted on 05/13/2014 7:07:25 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Islam offers us three choices: Defeat them utterly, die, or surrender to a life of slavery.)
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To: Carry_Okie

“Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown.”


25 posted on 05/13/2014 7:09:43 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Jacquerie

“The Brown Streak”

Annnd we have a WINNNAAAHHHH!!


26 posted on 05/13/2014 7:39:23 PM PDT by HKMk23 (The Superior Culture will prevail.)
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To: dfwgator
Yup, all over again, writ large.

If you haven't seen it, there's a well documented book about this kind of corruption badly written by a disaffected but honest leftist journalist, Richard Trainor: Paradise Lost?: High-Speed Trains Get Waylaid, Shady Politicians Get Billions and Taxpayers Get the Shaft!

27 posted on 05/13/2014 7:40:56 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Islam offers us three choices: Defeat them utterly, die, or surrender to a life of slavery.)
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To: bonehead4freedom

“So why do the socialist want to push trains as the mode of transportation for the future?”

[singing] Look for the union label...

These things are NEVER about getting people from one place to another; NOT *EVER*. They’re ALWAYS about pumping tax money into UNION pockets so it can be oh-so-dutifully regurgitated on demand into the coffers of the Democrat Party.


28 posted on 05/13/2014 7:48:52 PM PDT by HKMk23 (The Superior Culture will prevail.)
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