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Calif. high-speed rail bill likely headed to governor, veto

(The following story appeared on The Stockton Record website on August 11.)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A bill that would allow the Altamont Pass corridor to compete for $9.9 billion in high-speed rail bond dollars is likely to pass the state Assembly today — but may be promptly vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The bill authored by Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani, D-Livingston, makes changes to a bond measure proposition that is already on the ballot for the November election. The changes were supported by Schwarzenegger, but the governor has since promised to veto all bills to come across his desk until legislators can agree on a state budget.

The deadline for changing the high-speed rail bond measure is today.

Galgiani said last week that she planned to follow her bill around today and “not let it out of sight.”

The main rail route would cross over Pacheco Pass, not the Altamont, which angered Stockton-area officials.

Galgiani’s changes would allow at least some of the bond money, if approved by voters, to improve rail service for commuters over the Altamont.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

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