Lance Williams

GOP Senators Call Wine Train Project ‘Tax Dollar Sinkhole’

From the Bay Citizen No-bid contracts cost taxpayers big money, and that’s one reason the $79 million Napa Valley Wine Train flood-control project has become a “tax dollar sinkhole,” two U.S. senators say. In a statement issued yesterday in response to a California Watch report, Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., faulted the … Continue reading GOP Senators Call Wine Train Project ‘Tax Dollar Sinkhole’ →

Report: Calif. High-Speed Rail Budget Assumes Historically Low Operating Costs

From California Watch By hitting the reset button, Gov. Jerry Brown bought some time for the embattled California high-speed rail plan. In recent months, the CEO of the controversial project resigned. Brown installed Dan Richard, an official with political and transportation industry connections, as new board chairman. More importantly, the California High-Speed Rail Authority dramatically … Continue reading Report: Calif. High-Speed Rail Budget Assumes Historically Low Operating Costs →

Barry Bonds’ Sentencing Will Mark End of BALCO Steroids Scandal

from California Watch Bicycle racer Tammy Thomas lied to a grand jury about her use of steroids, then fought perjury charges in court. Convicted, she was sentenced to house arrest. It was the same story for elite track coach Trevor Graham, who lied to a federal agent trying to unpack the BALCO steroids scandal: Found … Continue reading Barry Bonds’ Sentencing Will Mark End of BALCO Steroids Scandal →

Critics Aim to End Ranked-Choice Voting After SF Mayoral Race

From California Watch Ranked-choice voting was the cure for what ails American politics, boosters said. Now in use in four California cities, this new voting system was supposed to increase voter turnout, stanch the flow of special interest money and encourage high-minded, positive campaigns. But it didn’t play out that way in the biggest ranked-choice … Continue reading Critics Aim to End Ranked-Choice Voting After SF Mayoral Race →

Prosecutors Won’t Bring Bonds to Trial Again on Perjury Charges

from California Watch Baseball slugger Barry Bonds will not face a retrial on steroids-related perjury charges. Federal prosecutors today dismissed three felony charges of lying under oath to the grand jury that investigated the BALCO steroids scandal. In April, a jury deadlocked on the three counts. But the jury convicted Bonds of another felony, obstruction … Continue reading Prosecutors Won’t Bring Bonds to Trial Again on Perjury Charges →

Proponents Fear High-Speed Rail Project Starting to Slip Away

High-speed rail proponents seek ways to salvage project by Lance Williams, California Watch The California bullet train project is buffeted by bad news – downbeat pronouncements regarding its financial prospects, growing opposition from the very communities the system hopes to serve and lawsuits with the threat of more to come. Some proponents of the $45 … Continue reading Proponents Fear High-Speed Rail Project Starting to Slip Away →