The High-Speed Rail project is in trouble. Everybody knows it. Jerry wants it built, no matter the cost. He has said so. So, like any other self-respecting pack of thugs Jerry and Darrell Steinberg have gotten together to blackmail the legislature and others to try to ensure its passage.
The method is simple, they are setting up an all-or-nothing vote with a bunch of other sort-of similar projects tied together, like $140 million for new BART cars, money to modernize CalTrain and money for the SF subway project.
They need 21 votes in the Senate to start spending buckets full of the bond money, that is at least six more votes than they actually have. Two bay area legislators are still in the NO column and this packaging is aimed at them, and people like them. So far both of them, Mark DeSaulnier and Joe Simitian, are hanging tough.
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