Friday, July 28, 2017

High Speed Rail not Exempt from CEQA

Ohhh... SHINY!
SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. law does not allow state-owned rail projects to completely bypass California’s strict environmental regulations, the state Supreme Court said Thursday in a decision that ensures further legal complications for the planned $64 billion bullet train between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The high court overturned a lower court ruling and gave renewed hope to those who have used the California Environmental Quality Act to challenge the high-speed rail project championed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
“It basically says that California has a right to control its own railroads and decide whether they should be required to consider carefully the environmental impacts of their projects,” said Stuart Flashman, who represents several San Francisco Bay Area cities in a lawsuit that claims the bullet train project violates the state’s environmental law.
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Oh what a tangled web we weave... 

83 comments:

LBD said...

Rules for you but not for me. Don't you love it. jobs for lawyers! wooooopeee!

Rob Dawg said...

The price goes up. The capacity goes down. The fares go up. The speed goes down. 2017 was at one time the supposed service date.

Made a couple gallons of salsa. Don't tell the State lest they call me an illegal commercial operation.

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Cinco-X said...

High speed rail... More welfare for the elites

Lawyerliz said...

Yeay. Jobs for lawyers!!

Lawyerliz said...

I was thinking about calling the state for excessive turtles, but decided the consequences would be hideous

Lawyerliz said...

Now this has me very curious

Lawyerliz said...

I wish I could go back in time to the Founders and tell them all that our checks and balances were fabulous and thanks!!

And tell Galileo that the Medician satellites were now named after him, not the silly Medicis.

Lawyerliz said...

The rail road looks like it is gonna eat you,but very politely.

Mike said...

Disrupted snails everywhere cheer this decision..

oh and Reince is out at the WH..

Lawyerliz said...

Snails?

Lawyerliz said...

At least we have turtles, you'd like them.
Not so much pythons and anacondas.

Lawyerliz said...

Trump did one thing I like. More money for Nasa!!

Lawyerliz said...

Scarramucci's wife filed for divorce,because of his naked political ambition.

Lawyerliz said...

Gosh, what else can happen? No don't tell me.

Rob Dawg said...

Swamp don't drain in just seven months.

Lawyerliz said...

I think of the Trump minions as the swamp. Understanding that all politicos are are somewhat swampy, who do you think are chief swampitea? ?

Lawyerliz said...

Wakey, wakey East coast, clean white fat catz and kittens. Post, post post!!!!

LBD said...

Good Morning!

Wow! did we have a rain storm last night. The lightening was beautiful, 3" of hard rain and wind. I guess the drought at my house is over. No damage except dirt ran down the hills to clean up.

LBD said...

Cleaning out the swap is not an easy project. Den of thieves and years in the making. I think that is part of why T got elected.

LBD said...

Back to Kali's toy train. Instead they should build a super speed toll way for TESLA cars. Helps ECO car sales for their buddy and investors. Their swap will be Green! Win, Win, but not for you.

Cinco-X said...

Gluten Morgen

Cinco-X said...

Not a bad idea... No speed limits too...

Rob Dawg said...

Actually an autonomous guideway makes sense although I'd use it for shipping. Imagine the I-5 and SR-99 without tractor trailers.

Lawyerliz said...

Ancient Rome only let delivery wagons drive at night to prevent traffic.
We aren't as smart.

Cinco-X said...

I do wish I didn't have to deal with tractor-trailer's during rush hour

LBD said...

Some cities require night deliveries as part of their building and licensing requirements. I have even seen a tire store next to condos use electric impacts, sound proof compressors rooms and they dictated hours of operation.

Interstate traffic still flows in the day light.

Rubygoat said...

Downtown BBQ restraunts are fighting for their life here. The restaunts are older, but the smoke disturbs the highrise condo dwellers that have popped up all around them. It's not the restraunts fault that someone put an apartment directly above their chimney.

LBD said...

They should have moved next to an airport. Seriously thinking is an option now days.

Cinco-X said...

If the BBQ is good, the smoke should be a selling feature. I used to love it when we drive past the old BBQ joint in Alabaster, AL. It smelled delicious for miles...

LBD said...

I bet the realtors selling point was walking distance to great BBQ.

Rob Dawg said...

Dawgifornia is one step closer:
http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-coming-to-a-street-corner-near-you-a-1501029304-htmlstory.html

Lawyerliz said...

Whoever got there first is supposed to win. But now I guess not.

Picosec said...

A fun flick in that genre:

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-castle-1999

Can get dvd from NetFlix

Lawyerliz said...

Good morning.๐Ÿ˜€ UU church day. I will grow my karma by thinking favorable thoughts about Trump. If I can.

Lawyerliz said...

Does hopine he go to the least painful circle of hell count?

Lawyerliz said...

Things that were supposed to kill us:
starting in the mid to late 50s and beyond, nuclear bomb testing and fall out.
Pollution of various things, air water etc. We cleaned up a lot
A lot. Forbade these spray cans of florochloretc.
Starvation, green revolution.
Run out of oil. 90s thru now.
Helped by wind, solar power, not supposed to be enought. Tech. More and more out there.
Trump
Don't know how we will deal, but we will

Lawyerliz said...

Ozone hole.

Lawyerliz said...

Wakey wakeup wakey, morning.๐Ÿ˜€

Rob Dawg said...

Went to a celebration of life party yesterday in Santa Clarita yesterday. 35 degrees difference in as many miles. Coastal living for the win.

LBD said...

Consider we as a country have solved or greatly improved on the end of the world problems, when does it become unreasonable to slow and control? Looks to me like the typical money for me by fear. Al Gore comes to mind. IMO nukes have gotten dumped mainly because of the China syndrome movie decades ago. By now the technology and redundancy of protection has come to a level of safety. Mini nukes look very promising, forget solar and wind. If the government says rain water is public property then how long till your solar panels consume public light energy and leases rights to the power companies?

Lawyerliz said...

I dont qite unerdrand, but here are machins thsr sqeeze water put of air.
Might be a good idea. 1,2, for each person in the hiuse. No problem in Floridah at least

LBD said...

As I remember some states the law states water belongs to the people. Now the interpretation becomes vague, Colorado recently sided on people catching rain water was to be legal. Farmers contended catching rain violated their ownership of run off lost from this practice since they bought water rights.

Rubygoat said...

colorodo water rights are especially tricky because the rights holders are in other states. States enforcement rights don't apply. It would have to be a federal issue.

Lawyerliz said...

.77 inches here today. Yesterday .44.
No watering necessary.

Rob Dawg said...

No rain but 3lbs of tomatoes. Seems it will be 3lbs every day for a while.

Lawyerliz said...

I'd be getting really tired of tomatoes

Rob Dawg said...

Salsa. Gifts. Going to make sauce this year. Maybe juice. Then it will be back to picking for salads in a few weeks.

Rob Dawg said...

After this crop it is exotic varieties for fun and a few for salsa. Truth told I expected half to be failures or victims of the bunnies and moles.

Rubygoat said...

if you can them then they will last forever.

Lawyerliz said...

Gluten morning.๐Ÿ˜€.

Lawyerliz said...

A tropical storm will hit TMpa, and almost certainly will hit us. A very weak storm, 40 to 50mph.

Cinco-X said...

Mornin' all y'all...

Cinco-X said...

http://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2017/07/31/the_dangerous_stink_of_the_worlds_smelliest_chemical.html

The secret ingredient in liberal philosophy

Cinco-X said...

http://www.businessinsider.com/toilet-paper-bike-lanes-sewage-netherlands-2017-7

:keyboard: Too funny...

LBD said...

Good Morning!

Missed the early train, Routine C-scan and out for breakfast.

Lawyerliz said...

Excuse me isn't anybody else marveling in a horrified sort of way about scaramucci???

Lawyerliz said...

Nite nite

Cinco-X said...

Meh...

LBD said...

T fired the loud mouth already! I heard Ann Coulter say shift Sessions to HLS. Not a bad idea he can still go after illegals.

Lawyerliz said...

Good morning.๐Ÿ˜€. Perhas the Republicans can split. The Trunp supporters vs everybody else. The every body else should be required to shake hands with the Dems twice a day, and be required to go out for drinks at least 2ce a week, with a least 3 drinks consumed per outing and a taxi.

Mike said...

yeah..I don't know what Sessions is waiting for. He needs to announce a special counsel(s) to investigate the unmasking of NSA data (for political purposes) and HRC (classified e-mails, campaign connections to Russia/Ukraine, etc) immediately.

LBD said...

Good Morning!

Maybe the difference of a businessman and politicians colliding. Any way the Dems and Repubs seem to be on the same page, grid lock.

TV talking head said TESLA 3 loaded is closer to $60K and Buyer tax may be going away. Sounds like a cheap Look at me car for the entry level rich not the masses. I wonder if they will finance a 10 loan or does the battery do dead before that?

Rubygoat said...

If mooch was so bad that he was fired in 10 days, why was he hired in the first place?

Mike said...

another problem with a mass market Tesla is there are not enough superchargers at the moment to support them (1 for every 40 Tesla's now..will get much worse once the T3's start hitting the road)...so you really can't take them on a road trip (200 mile range I believe). They are more like hobby cars for wealthy people now..

Mike said...

If mooch was so bad that he was fired in 10 days, why was he hired in the first place?

why any of them talk to reporters is beyond me..

Rubygoat said...

He was the communications director and he can't/shouldn't talk to a reporter.

LBD said...

T may have been victim of Jeckel and Hyde personality, who vouched for him?

Rubygoat said...

Ford stock price always seems to move counter to the results they post...

Cinco-X said...

Hell... He should announce a special prosecutor to look into the hiring practices and affiliations of the current special prosecutor...

Cinco-X said...

They're so the elites don't have to feel bad about their $10,000/month electrical bills to light their mansions

LBD said...

The elites usually have a solar panel to supplement their electrical use and show the evil commoners they are doing their part. LOL!

Cinco-X said...

https://www.statnews.com/2017/07/31/opioid-emergency-declaration/


Great...A War on Opioids...

Mike said...

1,200 State dept personnel in Russia before the latest reductions ordered by Putin?? Figure $200k per head (fully loaded)...that's almost $250 million per year to staff one country. There's a cabinet department that needs some serious budget cuts..

Mike said...

They drive their Tesla's to their private jets at the airport to go give speeches on global warming...

Rubygoat said...

ER facilities all over the country, but especially in flyover are strained beyond the breaking point handling overdoses. It's a real and very serious problem right now and what we've been doing has not been working. It's been exponentially growing the last couple years.

Cinco-X said...

Ya... But how many of those are CIA?

Cinco-X said...

The local small City in my area just decided that they will continue to use anti-overdose measures on repeat offenders. Not sure how I feel about that. It seems that most of these folks have already propagated, so letting them pass wouldn't do much good in many regards

Mike said...

Ya... But how many of those are CIA?

and what exactly has that done for us??

Mike said...

use anti-overdose measures on repeat offenders.

heard a doctor recently call it a "disease". It's certainly a nasty addiction (like alcohol)..not sure I'd call it a disease though.

Rob Dawg said...

Addiction is a spectrum. Disease to habituation. I remember the days of cocaine. There were people who after one snort were set on a path of self destruction. Others were; feh caffeine is cheaper and doesn't make me sniff. Couldn't be bothered.

Rob Dawg said...

Oh and new post.

Cinco-X said...

Ummm... Trimming State would fix that