The California High-Speed Rail board is now meeting, opening with a public-comment period. Here’s the agenda.


Yesterday the State Senate approved a bill overhauling the governing authority of the high-speed rail initiative. The bill, SB 517 (which you can read here), would end the terms of current board members in January, give the governor and legislature authority to make new appointments, and put new restrictions on agency employees in terms of potential conflicts of interest. The California High Speed Rail Blog, which supports the project in a big way, attacks the proposed bill, which now moves to the Assembly, in this post.

Earlier this month, the state’s Legislative Analyst Office issued a report slamming the project and casting doubt on the state’s ability to secure funding for completion of it. (Read that report here.)


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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