L.A. Times: 70% want to re-vote on High-Speed Rail

Monday, September 30, 2013

Hey folks –

I thought you might be interested in an article that ran in the Los Angeles Times (9/28/13) about a recent poll that shows 70 percent of Californians want a revote on High-Speed Rail.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

California voters are showing signs of buyer's remorse over the $68-billion bullet train project, poll finds.

A majority of voters want the California bullet train project stopped and consider it a waste of money, even as state political leaders have struggled to bolster public support and make key compromises to satisfy critics, a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll found.

Statewide, 52% of the respondents said the $68-billion project to link Los Angeles and San Francisco by trains traveling up to 220 mph should be halted. Just 43% said it should go forward….

…The new findings mirror a USC Dornsife/L.A. Times poll taken last year, just before the state Legislature approved funding to start construction, under political pressure from the Obama administration and the state's Congressional leaders. At that time, state rail officials argued that public backing would increase as improvements to the rail plan became clear.

But a wave of new support hasn't materialized. Instead, signs of buyer's remorse among voters for approving a 2008 ballot measure to fund the current project have increased. The poll found 70% of respondents want the project to be placed back on the ballot — up from the 55% measured in last year's USC Dornsife/L.A. Times poll.

To read the entire article, click here

My own survey shows that over 80 percent of you who responded want to re-vote on whether or not to spend more money on this boondoggle.

If you haven’t taken the survey, you can chime in by clicking here.

Although my effort in August to put a re-vote on the 2014 ballot was shot down by the majority party, momentum is clearly building in our favor.  Let’s keep the pressure on Sacramento to stop this nonsense.  Our tax dollars would be better spent on sustainable water, creating jobs, quality education and public safety for our Central Valley.