In his wide ranging speech that announced a number of new initiatives to address problems such as homelessness and Alzheimer's, Newsom compared Trump's "so-called emergency at our border" to President George W. Bush opposing same-sex marriage during a State of the Union address.
- California's high-speed rail project is years behind schedule, over budget and some think the plan is slipping off the rails.
Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, said in a statement, "Governor Newsom clearly sees how vital an opportunity high-speed rail is for the Valley and has recommitted that the Merced rail line will be included up front and not pushed off to later phases". Newsom said he would make sure the contractors who are responsible for building the project are held accountable, especially on the cost front. Still, he added, "Abandoning the high-speed rail means we will have wasted billions and billions of dollars with nothing but broken promises, partially-fulfilled commitments and lawsuits to show for it".
California voters approved a $10 billion bond in 2008 largely for the construction of bullet train between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
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The project was already years behind schedule, and, before its cancellation, was not due to be complete until 2033. The Business Plan will recommend a preferred service vision for the corridor and will identify the infrastructure investments needed to support increased service. While he will reassign more than 360 National Guard members deployed to the border to other duties in the state, 100 plus members will remain at the border as part of a drug trafficking task force. The San Joaquin Valley needs the link to jobs and major global airports, and the Peninsula needs access to the workforce and the housing in the San Joaquin Valley.
While speaking Monday, Newsom claimed he would no longer take part in what he called "political theater" concerning illegal immigration.
"RailPAC has always championed the careful stewardship of public transportation funds".
Newsom cited the larger project's cost overruns, "little oversight and not enough transparency" for his decision.
"I agree. The way the country has resisted High-speed rail is mind-boggling".