I see, now.
Californiathings become clearer. Let the shitfest plays itself out and your questions shall be answered (in due time)!
It’s not about Donald Trump, it’s not about the coastal egotrons versus the inland exurbiatons. In fact, it’s not necessarily about north versus the south.
California’s schism, the one to intensify, the one we are embroiled in at the moment, is something I might not have considered.
The battle is really one of the Left versus the Left. The axis dividing California’s grand liberal orgy is a north-south one, but the institutional canyon separating the two is more cultural than geographic. Two sides of the same coin.
If anything epitomizes the utterly pointless, Sisyphean corruption and inefficiency of California’s bloated bureaucracy and nauseatingly virtuous elitism, it is the conception and execution of our ridiculous “California High Speed Rail” project (aka, bullet train), coming soon, in several generations.
The hopeless downward spiral that is how we now know, and always expected of, this vast public works project that will allegedly and ambitiously tie San Diego and San Francisco around the year 2035, has been nothing short of astounding. The rail project, born of every iota of corruption California politicos have to offer, is unsurprisingly earning a reputation for shocking ineptitude and shoddy vision. But what has been a cringe-worthy display in state governmental stupidity has begun to spill over from within. The bullet train to nowhere is going somewhere, and apparently, Southern California is not one of the stops for now, and won’t be for a while, and the California divide is bared open by the bullet train’s chaotic “progress.”
When if comes to transportation bucks and government handouts, the Left turns cannibalistic when it comes to California gibs. The greedy ferocity is something to witness!
Southern California Democrats have said few, if any, critical words about the state rail authority’s decision in 2016 to drop Los Angeles as the starting point of the first segment of the statewide bullet train.
Rail officials announced at the time that they would instead invest the vast majority of available money to begin building from the Central Valley to the Bay Area.
Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) broached the topic at a House rail subcommittee hearing on Thursday, asking state rail officials and other witnesses how he can justify the project to his constituents.
“What do I tell people in Los Angeles,” said Lowenthal, the former chairman of the state Senate transportation committee. “We talk about the [rail’s benefits] to Silicon Valley and the Central Valley, but … when are we going to see things going on in Los Angeles? We are the population center.”
This mystical “population center” moniker means nothing in the California paradigm. More fitting might be “economic center” or “upper crust sensibilities center” – neither description applying to Southern California, in spite of its attention-getting entertainment industry. The real king of California, the true elite, the “elite of the elites” is all located in the San Francisco bay area. This is where politics and favors winnow toward: northward, not southward. Southern California is artificial rich, fly-by-night fanciness, guttural Hollywood scum and a whole bunch of Hispanics who get no play on state-level politics here.
Under the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s plans, it is providing more than $700 million to install an electrical power system for the Bay Area’s Caltrain commuter system and another $400 million for a downtown San Francisco station, along with other much bigger investments that will flow through Santa Clara County.
The investments dwarf the spending so far in Southern California.
Brian Kelly, chief executive of the rail authority, told Lowenthal that his agency has funded improvements of a rail grade crossing south of Los Angeles and updates to the track system in Union Station.
Gibs, gibs, gibs!
Look at how much money you’ll get, our politicians spew. One day, the gibs are coming. Not now, because the real classy folks are in front of the line: San Francisco.
Kelly took over leadership of the project in February and has been working to stabilize it after years of schedule delays and cost increases. The $77 billion project has more than doubled in cost and is more than 11 years behind schedule.
The hearing was called by Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock), chairman of the House rail subcommittee and an early supporter of the project as a state senator.
In opening remarks at the Sacramento hearing, Denham said the project was based on “confusing business plans that are not grounded in reality” and that it was becoming “a poster child for mismanagement.”
Denham noted that in 2008, the $33 billion price tag included track that would reach from Sacramento to San Diego by 2020, whereas now the project aims to connect San Francisco to Los Angeles by 2033. What voters approved in 2008 “is unrecognizable today,” he said.
What a massive waste of money and order in a state that has proven incapable to restoring either of the aforementioned resources. Our nascent bullet train is a grand cluster fuck of inefficiency and dueling back-room agendas. And now, north and south is set to spar.
Democrats, who hold leadership positions in the state Senate and Assembly, have generally accepted the reasoning behind putting the Bay Area first: It would be unaffordable with existing funding to build rail through mountainous Southern California.
But that is the result of a decision to start construction in the Central Valley, rather than starting the project from each end and building toward the center, Lowenthal said. If it had started in both San Francisco and Los Angeles, it would have demonstrated the greatest immediate benefits to the largest number of voters.
“These were decisions that were made early on that we are now paying the price for,” Lowenthal said. “I wish we had done it differently, but this is what we have.
“This should not be the Northern California high-speed rail. The bond was passed by all the people, and the majority of people are in Southern California. We might not be first in line, but we have to have more than what we have now. The south is not going to see anything in my lifetime.”
Most frightening is to hear in the the bullet train narrative is that which is spoken of in terms of lifetimes. Nothing spells “fucked” quite as gruesomely as a California politician shrugging his shoulders and telling us, “Oh well, next generation’s problem!”
Hasan Ikhrata, executive director of the Southern California Association of Governments, raised similar concerns in an interview earlier this year. He said Southern California has received only $15 million so far.
“I hope the vision of connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco is achieved, because anything less is not a success,” Ikhrata said. “If this doesn’t end up connecting the two points, then it is a waste of time and a waste of money.”
That is the understatement of the year!
At the very least, if a bloody civil revolt and fractured state government do not ensue from this farce, then it will be a waste of money.
There’s still hope.