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Uphill: this week’s key state Senate vote on bullet train

Sunday, June 24, 2012

California bullet trainGov. Jerry Brown already back-peddled on a plan to exempt the controversial bullet train project from state environmental review. But will the project have the 21 of 25 Democrats in the state Senate it needs to pass a key vote this week? No help is expected from Republicans. The LA Times crunches the political numbers and says it looks like an uphill chug.

Upshot: Expect feverish maneuvering focused on trying to start the work between San Francisco and San Jose and/or Los Angeles and Anaheim, with less emphasis on doing as much up front in the Central Valley.

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