Would it be cheaper to just fly every Californian to Japan?

December 29, 2014 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

I follow The Onion on Twitter.  It is a news parody site, and it is regularly hilarious.  Over the weekend it tweeted, “Ambitious High-Speed Rail Plan Will Fly Americans To Japan To Use Their Trains #OurAnnualYear.”  The linked article talks about an “ambitious” $80 billion plan by President Obama ...


President's weekly report — August 1, 2014

August 01, 2014 | By ROB RIVETT

Obamacare — When is a Tax not a Tax? We received a negative decision from the D.C. Circuit in Sissel v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  This was our challenge to the Obamacare scheme based on the fact that the taxes in the statute did not originate in the House of Representatives, as … ...


President's weekly report — May 23, 2014

May 23, 2014 | By ROB RIVETT

Government Accountability — Medium speed California choo-choo  The Third District Court of Appeal heard arguments today in California High-Speed Rail Authority v. Superior Court of Sacramento County and Tos, et. al. on whether the $8.6 billion in bonds should go forward.  As you recall, the voters agreed to spend $9.5 billion in bonds to bu ...


President's weekly report — March 21, 2014

March 21, 2014 | By ROB RIVETT

High-Speed Rail Bonds and the California Fantasy Train We filed this answer to the State’s petition for alternative writ of mandate in High Speed Rail Authority v. Superior Court.  When the voters approved California’s high-speed rail project a few years ago, they approved spending $9.5 billion in bonds for a project with very specifi ...


High speed rail, meet hyperloop. You two will get along great.

August 19, 2013 | By TONY FRANCOIS

California has renounced its glory days of the Hollywood Golden Age, world class education, and earthchanging infrastructure development for Reality TV, a public university system that costs $32,000 annually to attend, and roads that are so poorly maintained they cost us hundreds of dollars a year to drive on them. Today’s post combines two ...