On August 16, 2013, a Sacramento County Superior Court judge ruled in Tos, Fukada, and County of Kings v. California High-Speed Rail Authority that “the Authority abused its discretion by approving a funding plan that did not comply with the requirements” of law approved by voters in November 2008 as Proposition 1A and implemented as California Streets and Highway Code Section 2704.09. Here’s the text of the court decision:
Kings County posted its briefs and other documents related to its argument. Find them at Prop 1A Lawsuit Against High-Speed Rail. The case number is 34-2011-00113919; go to the web site of the Court Index System of the Sacramento County Superior Court to obtain all documents related to Tos, Fukada, and County of Kings v. California High-Speed Rail Authority.
Proposition 1A was enacted with 52.7% of the statewide vote in November 2008. (It won in San Francisco with 78.4% of the vote.) That statewide ballot measure authorized the State of California to borrow $10 billion (actually $9.95 billion) by selling bonds to Wall Street investors, thus providing seed money to start construction of a high-speed rail system estimated at that time to be $45 billion. That estimate turned out to be woefully low.
This court decision – combined with the lack of additional federal funding and the lack of interest from private investors – could mean the end of California High-Speed Rail.
News Media Coverage
Judge: California High-Speed Rail Violates Initiative - Associated Press (San Jose Mercury-News) - August 16, 2013
Judge’s Ruling Could Bring Valley’s High-Speed Rail Project to Screeching Halt – Fresno Bee – August 16, 2013
Bullet Train Funding Plan at Odds with State Law, Judge Rules – Los Angeles Times – August 16, 2013
Sanity May Finally Prevail on Bullet Train – UT San Diego (editorial) – August 16, 2013
California High-Speed Rail Violates Initiative, Judge Says – KABC (Los Angeles) – August 16, 2013