Is beating an unknown, penniless liberal who was disowned by his own party organization really something to brag about? Greg Diamond and his CATER group did recently stick one in the eye of the Anaheim City Council — far more than can be said about Rackauckas’ own prosecution at the Kelly Thomas trial which he lost as badly as the British at Dunkirk. Continue reading
Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and his supporters Wednesday celebrated the defeat of Measure D – which would have shortened the mayoral term from four years to two – calling it a “victory for the people” and a sign that voters are wising up to the influence of money in politics, according to the Voice of OC.
Measure D got 8,262 yes votes, equal to 45.7% of the vote. The No side prevailed with 9,825 votes and 54.3% of the vote.
This is the beginning of the end for former Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle, who engineered Measure D and now must take his lumps for failing to fool the voters. Continue reading
For the hundreds of million$ that are being spent on Jerry Brown’s Bullet Train even though not an inch of track has been laid, at least we’re beginning to see their fantasies come to life in the form of some expensive video simulations.
Per the LA Times and the OC Register late this a.m., the OCTA Board of Directors has voted against implementing Toll Lanes for the 405 Freeway. The Register’s Doug Irving (outside Paywall here) wrote in OCTA shelves I-405 toll-lane idea that the Board decided:
…to proceed with a $1.3 billion project to add a single free lane in each direction of the freeway. That project still needs to win agreement from Caltrans, which expects to decide early in 2014 whether to support it. Continue reading
In hopefully the final blow to the California High-Speed Rail Authority and their monumentally expensive and ludicrous Bullet Train, Judge Michael Kenny has ruled the State can not issue bonds to pay for the Browndoggle.
Per the Fresno Bee yesterday, the Bullet Train that’s never coming to Anaheim or the $174+ million ARTIC station now under construction with OC TA Measure M funding is still spending money like Governor Brown’s found a way to print it:
To date, the authority reports it has spent $587 million on contracts with consultants for project management, public outreach, preliminary engineering and environmental assessment on various project sections. The largest single contract, valued at $295 million, is a statewide project management agreement with Parsons Brinckerhoff, an American subsidiary of English engineering and construction firm Balfour Beatty.