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Whatever happened to California's high-speed rail project?

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Over budget and behind schedule, the controversial infrastructure project is running out of money; William La Jeunesse reports from Los Angeles.
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Bill Y. (1 day ago)
*Only the Chinese* can build it on time and under budget.
Jack MeOff (1 day ago)
Yep and why doesn't this surprise me.
CJ (2 days ago)
Still less expensive then fixing the roads. Are youSerious, what is all the whining about?
Walter Kiel (3 days ago)
Governor Moon Beam et al have been Bonging It for years. These Collectivist Libtards can't have their cake and eat it too. They've chased productive citizens and profitable companies out of California... so there is no money for these projects. The little money that's left... they've stolen. All these boondoggle projects here in CA should be terminated !!
HostilePancakes, The Milennial Warrior (4 days ago)
I wish that the system cost had stayed under $34 billion (its original cost estimate). Also, for those of you who say this money could've been used to build the wall: 1) Shut up Trumpservatives -- Mr. Commander-in-Chief's ego is full of lies, scandals, and contradictions of himself. Don't believe me? Watch this: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kSE-XoVKaXg 2) This project began in 2008 with Proposition 1A, the day that Obama was elected. Only Clinton and W. Bush could've had influence enough to kill this project.
Will Will (5 days ago)
ThomasG10mtn (5 days ago)
*They'll just blame Trump and Republicans.* By the time this debacle is finished, it will cost close to 200 billion. For 200 billion Trump could dig a new "Panama Canal" right along the US/Mexico border, and charge supertankers a fee to transit it.
Walter White (6 days ago)
Jerry brown scares the shit out of me.. he is crazy
Joshua Matthew M. Samarita (6 days ago)
Now California wake up
Sphagnum P. I. (7 days ago)
Why California Has the Nation’s Highest Poverty Rate 16 January 2018 California has the highest poverty rate of any state in the Union, according to the Supplemental Poverty Measure of the U.S. Census Bureau. As with Venezuela, it certainly isn’t because the state lacks resources. It is because of moonbattery. The moonbattery most responsible for increasing poverty is government action ostensibly intended to reduce it: Sacramento and local governments have spent massive amounts in the cause. Several state and municipal benefit programs overlap with one another; in some cases, individuals with incomes 200% above the poverty line receive benefits. California state and local governments spent nearly $958 billion from 1992 through 2015 on public welfare programs, including cash-assistance payments, vendor payments and “other public welfare,” according to the Census Bureau. California, with 12% of the American population, is home today to about one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients. That which government subsidizes, we get more of. Other states have reduced poverty through welfare reform — i.e., by subsidizing it less lavishly. Not California: California recipients of state aid receive a disproportionately large share of it in no-strings-attached cash disbursements. It’s as though welfare reform passed California by, leaving a dependency trap in place. Immigrants are falling into it: 55% of immigrant families in the state get some kind of means-tested benefits, compared with just 30% of natives. This is why the immigrants are imported from the Third World — to serve as a permanent welfare-dependent underclass that will vote reliably and keep Big Government growing. As economist William A. Niskanen explained back in 1971, public agencies seek to maximize their budgets, through which they acquire increased power, status, comfort and security. To keep growing its budget, and hence its power, a welfare bureaucracy has an incentive to expand its “customer” base. With 883,000 full-time-equivalent state and local employees in 2014, California has an enormous bureaucracy. Many work in social services, and many would lose their jobs if the typical welfare client were to move off the welfare rolls. Bureaucrats have also exacerbated poverty by driving up the cost of housing: The California Environmental Quality Act, passed in 1971, is one example; it can add $1 million to the cost of completing a housing development, says Todd Williams, an Oakland attorney who chairs the Wendel Rosen Black & Dean land-use group. CEQA costs have been known to shut down entire homebuilding projects. California further increases poverty by driving up energy prices to suppress carbon dioxide in the name of the global warming hoax: California energy costs are as much as 50% higher than the national average. CO2 is beneficial, not harmful. It makes the crops grow. But the poor are forced to pay to reduce it. Energy costs “could exceed 17% of median income in some areas.” Then there is the minimum wage lunacy: California lawmakers recently passed a measure raising the minimum wage from $10 an hour to $15 an hour by 2022 — but a higher minimum wage will do nothing for the 60% of Californians who live in poverty and don’t have jobs. And research indicates that it could cause many who do have jobs to lose them. Already minimum wage hikes have been driving restaurants out of business. These restaurants are a significant source of employment for low-skilled and entry-level workers. Meanwhile, the ruling bureaucrats who created this hardship double down on their pernicious ideology: The political class wants to build a costly and needless high-speed rail system; talks of secession from a United States presided over by Donald Trump; hired former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. to “resist” Trump’s agenda; enacted the first state-level cap-and-trade regime; established California as a “sanctuary state” for illegal immigrants; banned plastic bags, threatening the jobs of thousands of workers involved in their manufacture; and is consumed by its dedication to “California values.” “California values” = moonbattery. California’s demographic transformation should keep Democrats in a position of total domination indefinitely, so the situation will only continue to deteriorate. On tips from Varla and Bodhisattva.
August von Mackensen (7 days ago)
Joseph Parkhurst (8 days ago)
Another example of democrat money Fudge.
Ticky Tocky (8 days ago)
You can fly from sf to la in under an hour you jerk off brown douchebag senile old communist turd.  Fucking libtards have destroyed yet another state.  The last thing we need is a faster way to ship more illegals from southern Cal.  every last liberal is a fucking thief!
Fred Heigl (8 days ago)
Jerry Brown, Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, Diane Feinstein and the Hollweirds are turning that once fine state in a 'shithole' nation!
Lex Luthor (8 days ago)
STEVE PERRY (8 days ago)
I'm sure the Democrats told the money and use it on other stuff like Maxine Waters or Hillary Clinton. Check their bank account.
STEVE PERRY (8 days ago)
Build a wall and throw Jerry Brown on the other side of it.
STEVE PERRY (8 days ago)
Fuck Jerry Brown he's a piece of shit
Jay Campbell (8 days ago)
If a contractor told you he could build you a shed for $3000 and then halfway through, said it would cost $6000, you could sue him. Why can't politicians be sued if they misrepresent how much a project will cost just in order to get it underway? They should be held liable. They have stolen from all of us.
Jeff Laffite Jones (8 days ago)
Bee be Cee (8 days ago)
Should have got China to build it, we would be floating on magnetic levitation by now. Cheap cheap.
MrSchmitty61 (8 days ago)
How will that work in a earthquake zone anyway, how do hold it all together??? i love the idea of it....
Jay Bird-d (9 days ago)
Why Wuy=NUT J O B...
Fla-bushcraft Prepper (9 days ago)
Was there not one person to speak up and say, "High Speed Rail in an Earth Quake prone state, is not a good idea."
Alexander Hart (9 days ago)
I think because CA became a sanctuary state and all fed funding was pulled the money from Brown's dream train had to be pulled
Zachary Rose (9 days ago)
Fuck all Leftists.
Diego Carrera (9 days ago)
POTUS just called, Mr Brown. He says he aint giving you one thin dime for your pipe dream rail thingy.
Mike W (9 days ago)
Thanks for this Bret.
Jay Rrr (9 days ago)
We have airplanes.
Richard Dyson (9 days ago)
The leftest used up all the money for themselves.
Catherine Cote (9 days ago)
This reminds me of the LA subway that closed in 1953 when the Santa Ana and Hollywood freeways went it. The subway is now plugged, and a thing of the past.
Gantinx Gantinx (9 days ago)
Wonder how much the Gov. made on this deal?
Air Force Veteran (9 days ago)
Jerry Brown should go to prison for this.
Hiu-Man Cheung (9 days ago)
Keep it clean, give the whole thing to Chinese. Let them deal with locals and your sub contractors. Maybe they'll bring back Peter Fonda from "Once upon a time in the west" to deal with ungrateful land owners. If all failed, just blame them. You have more important things to govern.
CALIFORNIA became a SHITHOLE instead!!!!
Ecig Accessory (9 days ago)
They gave the money to all the illegals
Tam K (9 days ago)
California, "$25B for a wall???! INCONCEIVABLE! $100B for a train no one will use? BRILLIANT!"
Corey M (9 days ago)
Corey M (9 days ago)
What happens when the hyperloop comes in and makes this pos system obsolete.
HostilePancakes, The Milennial Warrior (4 days ago)
Corey M Hyperloop won't stop in any small cities along the way. Not everyone lives in SF or LA. Point being, the people in Palmdale, Bakersfield, Fresno, and San Jose won't have a nearby stop on the hyperloop, so they'll use the system shown in the video (if it finishes construction).
Ms Bobbie Mcgavin (9 days ago)
CALIFORNIA high speed rail is slow and obsolete..⚘ HYPERLOOP IS HIGH SPEED. ⚡🕷⚡
Mikkel Larsen (9 days ago)
OMG I'm so surprised....
montana fay (9 days ago)
however Florida's privately funded and privately owned "Brightline" is nearing completion
Erik Krauss (9 days ago)
The construction should be taken over by a private company
Wolfsrudel von einem (9 days ago)
What else would you expect from a retarded governor?
Mickey Dee (9 days ago)
Tell that woman to eat less and then she can afford to pay for the project.
MrSoothingjazz (10 days ago)
Another scam by the Democrats to steal money from taxpayers
C.T.R. Lee (10 days ago)
We would have built it if it wasn‘t for the politicians and NIMBYs who are putting thousands of jobs and potential economic growth in jeopardy for the sake of their own political freak show. Furthermore, Texas is planning to build a PRIVATE high speed rail between Dallas and Houston, so if they beat Cali to the punch by inaugarating the line faster than Cali do, it will be a fucking embarassment for California.
Chris Hale (10 days ago)
You know good and well that Brown and his cronies will simply dump that burden on the California tax payers and no one will get to have any say on the matter. I guess you could vote on it, provided California puts it up for a vote but everybody knows good and well that California will get whatever they want despite how the vote goes. If it gets voted down, they'll simply push it through anyway. Just like they did when the Gay marriage bill got voted down. Despite the the fact that it was voted down, the bill still passed, regardless of what the people voted on. I simply don't care about gay marriage laws one way or the other. I personally think homosexuallity it's an act of perversion, period. But the point is, voting in California is a waste of time. It's simply a motion that is ignored. This is a NAZI state and as long as the libturds run this state, it'll continue to be a NAZI state. There's no real voting in California. It's a joke. Typical Liberal fashion, they simply cram it down your throat, like it or not. Heil Hitler!
Scamp Man (10 days ago)
Dave (10 days ago)
Still the best state despite a few whiny trumptards complaining over jerry brown!! CA#1
Dave (9 days ago)
media assassin! Fake news!!! Anyways why do you bring up God and curse at the same time, doesn't make sense a Christian conservative would be so vile.
media assassin! (10 days ago)
Dave my God you fucking liberals out there are so fucking stupid do you realize how retarded you sound you just got done telling me you have great weather your state is on fire under 5 feet of mud overwhelmed with illegal aliens people are fleeing the state in record numbers I mean really wake the fuck up
Dave (10 days ago)
media assassin! Don't worry about its not affecting you...😂 plus it's all exaggerated by the media, don't lose your sleep over it. California is 6th largest economy of the world, just food for thought, plus we have the best weather:)
media assassin! (10 days ago)
Dave your States on fire your state is under mud your projects are failing over budget and over projected and all you liberals and Democrats care about or illegal aliens get your fucking head out of your ass and wake the fuck up
Thomas McEwen (10 days ago)
How many homeless tents can the high speed rail shelter from the rain.
oldworldmusic (10 days ago)
Seattle did a good job of making money vanish on there rail expansion 15 years ago.typical liberal's stealing tax dollars
Be Well (10 days ago)
Elon Musk has been working on plans for a hyperloop that is capable of traveling 700mph from LA to SF with an estimated cost of $6 billion.. But instead we get a 200mph $68 billion dollar fucking garbage truck on rails that doesn't go anywhere.
Sweetness LTL (10 days ago)
Diane Feinstein's husband profited greatly on this venture.
george bush (10 days ago)
You could see this coming a mile away. Another "bridge to nowhere." What a fu'king joke! "What can Brown do for you?" Well, there ya go. Now he gets to sail off into the sunset and the people are stuck with the bill. Fools.
Silent Majority (10 days ago)
Typical Dem thievery
Ako (10 days ago)
Awesome those tunnels will collapse by the first earthquake to hit it
Edmond Pecot Jr. (10 days ago)
Why don't they get some MS-13 members to pay for it...
archlinuxrussian (10 days ago)
Also, to everyone in here who "loves those libural tears", didn't your parents ever teach you to "treat others how you would like to be treated"? :) Please, think before you speak/type.
CrusaderCat (10 days ago)
The Brown Streak
Gr8WhtMomba (10 days ago)
Brown keeps spending so much he raised the bay bridge to $8. The other bridges will follow. Fuck you Jerry Brown.
archlinuxrussian (10 days ago)
"Subsidizing hsr takes away $$$ from classrooms and first responders"? So does subsidizing airports, airlines, oil, freeways, etc. Please, you hypocrites. Highspeed rail is the most economic way to get people from downtown to downtown in distances below 400-500 miles.
Gr8WhtMomba (10 days ago)
Jerry Brown & all his people like Nancy Pelosi are crooked fucks that need to be jailed for going against their oath to the constitution. They hate Americans.
Bob Anderson (10 days ago)
Hey Jerry how about building some useful projects that would really benefit the people of Calif., like Desalination plants along our coast, we need water not bullet trains.
aboveforever (10 days ago)
All this while Hyperloop is around the corner.  Nobody wants to pour good money into a white elephant.
Ken Robison (10 days ago)
Governor Moon baby brown is a idiot!
Conservative Hamster (10 days ago)
the money for the high speed rail was uses to feed more illegal mexican immigrants.
T Rex (10 days ago)
I'm so happy I moved myself and my family out of that hellhole of a state.
Alan Chan (10 days ago)
Don't worry. If the Fed refuse to fund  CA. China steps in....Chinafornia  !
seller559 (10 days ago)
Can you say "BOONDOGGLE"?
chris fromm (10 days ago)
Don't ask my opinion: I am just some pretend know-it-all that comments on Youtube.
Hugh-John Fleming (10 days ago)
Land and water rights grab. Pure BS. Talk about a shithole.
Doreen L (10 days ago)
I always thought it would be a good idea for a high speed rail system from Tucson to Phoenix.
Barbarian King (10 days ago)
Cali is in trouble
Ralph A. Wolf (10 days ago)
The Federal government should give NOTHING to California, a state nurturing a poisonous, neo-fascist leftist culture that's... Anti-white Anti-male Anti-straight Anti-Christian Anti-Semitic Anti-prosperity Anti-freedom Anti-American Ad nausea.
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chris fromm (10 days ago)
With Donald Trump being the most watched person on the planet. you are lying.
Juan Zuniga (10 days ago)
The government has more money for airlines but not for railways. Are airlines subsidized enough?
3rd bomb (10 days ago)
The Californians and liberals wanna spend 30-60 billion on a train but lose their minds to spend 18 billion on a secure border?????
Sam Fyrestarter (10 days ago)
A Train To Nowhere.....California Is Too Stupid To Be Part Of This Union, Anymore......24 Years Of Brown And Moonbeam In The Last 50 Years Proves This....When Are We Going To Quit Being Pussies And Terminate Bad Actors....We Do It In Foreign Countries, Why Not Here....Clintons Only Kill Their Friends....Before They Turn America Into A Shithole...
nunyobiznez (10 days ago)
That's what happens when you have Demonrat politicians in charge of a project like that.
In Bed With A Goblin (10 days ago)
1:30 Construction is usually hard work. She must have started as the crain operator, and when she got to big to fit in the rig, they moved her to upper management.
Sam Fyrestarter (10 days ago)
If The Half-Nigger Backs It, It's Fraud.....
King K (10 days ago)
They used the money to pay for Hitlery's 33 k emails And for Barack s douche bags
ThoughtWave64 (10 days ago)
LOL at California leadership and those who voted for them!
ThoughtWave64 (9 days ago)
@MS Bobbie...wow, he has proven to be a real loser! Such corruption...the Democrats have proven to be a disgusting mess...morally bankrupt and utterly devious. They remind me of lizards who would eat each others babies if things got lean.
Ms Bobbie Mcgavin (9 days ago)
ThoughtWave64 Brown Gave drivers license to the illegal immigrants So thay can drive down town and vote Democrat. ⚘ ⚡🕷⚡
lilbeserk (10 days ago)
SoCal taxpayer here: Why do we need a high speed rail system in the most volatile earthquake ridden zone of America? Please explain Libtards!?
Mandalore the Stoic (10 days ago)
The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples money.
dcpack (10 days ago)
Nothing like listening to a diversity hire engineer (or what ever that was) try to explain and justify failed project. She make bank and a retirement on it, but....
monkeygraborange (10 days ago)
"Whatever happened to California's high-speed rail project?" Jerry Brown stole the money and gave it to criminaliens.
Mary Sue Rey Sucks (10 days ago)
MAGA Trump 2020
CSteven59 (10 days ago)
It's lining Brown's pockets!!!
9erfanatic1 (10 days ago)
We don’t need a stupid train how about just leave Californians a bit more of their money?
Ross Krothe (10 days ago)
All the money goes to illegal immigrants...
billyjaco652 (10 days ago)
brown another moron calif fagot or gender burner.
pa226pable (10 days ago)
Wow, California has gone to hell.
Big Papi (10 days ago)
Why on earth did we start in the flat San Joaquin Valley now and in the future, when costs are way higher due to inflation then start tunneling through the mountains in north LA county and further north, west of Los Banos. We could have saved $ billions by adding lanes to I-5 and raising the speed limit to 100mph.
Shane Rene's Kitchen (10 days ago)
Ya think they will want not their money from not their president?
XBDOT7 (10 days ago)
Attention! Attention everybody! California is now officially a sanctuary babe magnet for soon to arrive illegal immigrants! If you wish to refer to it's later rotting corpse as a S---hole, be forewarned that you will be called a racist!
ken9279 (10 days ago)
Trump could have done it ahead of schedule and under budget. lol
The Marshall Gun Channel (10 days ago)
Jerry Brown is an idiot!
Joshua Taylor (10 days ago)
Why can't California pay for it, it's one of America's richest states.