The Challenge of Big Solutions
The Chronicle article, Train to nowhere? Here’s how the high-speed project went off the rails, details the regulatory and legal obstacles that ballooned the budget of California’s bullet train to $77 billion. The New York Times article cites CEQA as the main culprit that has derailed this project and has “pit environmental objections against environmental goals.” The seemingly myopic runaway train of environmentalist zeal to save the planet at all costs is now on full display. The Governor has done the right thing to stop the boondoggle until we can learn to solve the simultaneous equation of balancing human social costs, budgets and regulatory hurdles like CEQA.
The Washington Post reports that there is a $23 billion racial fund gap between white school districts and nonwhite school districts, which should not surprise anyone especially if you have seen our new video Redlined, a Legacy of Housing Discrimination (follow link below). After all, segregated neighborhoods results in poorer segregated schools.
Train to nowhere? Here’s how the high-speed project went off the rails
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
By Rachel Swan and Kurtis Alexander [February 17, 2019]
California’s high-speed rail project has repeatedly hit lawsuits, engineering problems, geological obstacles, bureaucracy, swelling costs and delays. Its budget has ballooned from $33 billion to $77 billion, with no secure financing plan.
How Regulation Could Slow Down the Future
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Jill Cowan [February 26, 2019]
Yesterday, my colleagues Thomas Fuller, Jennifer Medina and Conor Dougherty took a hard look at the future of America’s infrastructure projects, like California’s high-speed rail. More specifically: Are projects that big even possible anymore, given the cost and regulation?
In California, that regulation has reached notoriously byzantine heights and is epitomized in four letters: C.E.Q.A.
Report finds $23 billion racial funding gap for schools
THE WASHINGTON POST
Laura Meckler [February 26, 2019]
Overwhelmingly white school districts received $23 billion more than predominantly nonwhite school districts in state and local funding in 2016, despite serving roughly the same number of children, a new report finds.