A State Assembly budget committee voted Wednesday to approve a loan for the High-Speed Rail Authority.
The $26.2 million would cover operating costs for the agency that's building California’s bullet train while it seeks to resolve legal challenges over its use of voter-approved bonds.
In 2008, Californians approved Proposition 1A, authorizing the state to issue $9 billion in bonds to build a bullet train that speeds riders from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than three hours.
But critics say the High-Speed Rail Authority’s latest plan for the project won’t provide that fast of a ride.
“They are claiming that they can still meet the two hours and forty minutes, but they don’t have any evidence to show that,” said attorney Stu Flashman, who’s suing the state on behalf of various cities and environmental groups to stop the project.
On the heels of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa calling on the two mayoral candidates to step up and communicate their education platforms during his State of the City address Tuesday night, Wendy Greuel stepped up with a challenge to Eric Garcetti.
In a press release emailed at 12:12 p.m. Wednesday, Greuel's campaign invited Garcetti to meet her for a debate at 2:15 at Camino Nuevo Charter High School, where she already had an appearance planned with LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia.
A spokesman for Garcetti declined, saying he would keep his previously scheduled 2 p.m. news conference.
"This is another political stunt from [City] Controller Greuel," said campaign spokesman Jeff Millman, "just like her claim to have found $160 million in waste, fraud and abuse. Let's end the political games and get serious about education."
That'll do it for our town hall today. Come talk to us next week in Westchester, when we'll be at The Coffee Company. Bring your issues for L.A.'s next mayor, and your appetite!
2:15 p.m.: Dear Mayor, keep Metro's expansion on track
Connie Ho came from Alhambra to talk to us about what she wants from the next mayor, but her thoughts reflect many we heard in NoHo as well.
"The thing that I want the next mayor to address is public transportation." Specifically, the expansion of L.A.'s Metro system.
1: 55 p.m.: Dear Mayor, the bus system is getting worse
We've from a lot of people about the need to ramp up L.A.'s public transportation system. But Robert Stokoe, 77, says he doesn't want to see the bus system – on which he and many others rely – suffer as more money goes toward subways.
In his State of the City address, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called on the mayoral candidates to present real education platforms.
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Today is Wednesday, April 10, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa delivered his State of the City address at UCLA. He used the speech to discuss his legacy and call out Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel for not presenting clear education platforms. KPCC, Daily News, Los Angeles Times.
According to LA School Report, following the mayor's speech, Eric Garcetti called for a mayoral debate focused on education. "We agree that education has to be seriously debated in this campaign," a Garcetti spokesman said.
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An Orange County Sheriff's deputy keeps a watch over a group of immigration detainees in the medical and dental care area at the Theo Lacy Facility in Orange, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010.
A California lawmaker is reviving an effort to change how local authorities respond when federal immigration officials request custody of a detainee.
Governor Brown vetoed the so-called Trust Act last year because he said it prevented law enforcement from detaining certain violent criminals.
A new version of the bill cleared its first committee Tuesday and is heading for a full Assembly vote as soon as next week.
The federal Secure Communities Program requires local law enforcement agencies to report all arrests to federal immigration officials. If immigration officials suspect a detainee is here illegally, they can ask local agencies to keep them in custody.
Rosa Aqeel of the faith-based advocacy group, PICO California, says the law is supposed to help detain and deport dangerous criminals, but that’s not how it has worked.
"What’s happened in actuality is that the program has swept up everybody and anyone that comes into contact with law enforcement," Aqeel said, "including someone who gets pulled over for a broken taillight, or a victim of domestic violence who reports the crime."