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CA Senators, Governor Ask Obama to Fund High Speed Rail
Last month, 23 Members of Congress voiced their support in a letter to the Department of Transportation for a high speed rail project in California to be funded through the federal Recovery Act. Today, U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein (both D-CA) and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) wrote to President Barack Obama to echo their support of this request, according to a press release from Senator Boxer.
In their letter to the President, Boxer, Feinstein and Schwarzenegger note that California "has been a leader and innovator in addressing environmental and transportation challenges on a national level," and remind Obama California has "completed design and planning for the nearly 800-mile system and made significant progress on the environmental review, making our state uniquely qualified to employ federal funding quickly."
One of the most powerful points of the letter, however, comes in terms many Californians understand all too well: Unemployment. Say the trio: "With unemployment in California reaching 12.5 percent - the highest unemployment rate in nearly 70 years - the impact of providing 130,000 construction-related jobs statewide cannot be understated."
California could hear word about the funding application as early as January. The high speed rail projects could be operational by 2018, and might see routes established from San Francisco to San Jose, Merced to Bakersfield and Los Angeles to Anaheim.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.