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Brown Supports High Speed Rail As Leaders Exit

Posted on Friday, January 13, 2012 2:52pm

Governor Jerry Brown is reiterating his support for California’s ambitious high-speed rail project after another tumultuous week.

“Don’t join the defeatist crowd,” said Brown.

The High-Speed Rail Authority’s chief executive officer and board chairman announced this week that they’re stepping down. And a group of Republican lawmakers has introduced a bill they call the “Lemon Law” that would block the project’s state bond funds.

“We’re gonna build, but we’re not gonna be stupid,” said Brown. “And we’ll listen to the critics and we’ll fix things. And we’ll do the right thing. And we’re not gonna go overboard. We’re gonna be very careful and build incrementally as we go.”

The Authority’s new chairman will be Dan Richard, one of two board members recently appointed by Governor Brown. Asked if this week’s leadership changes were a signal of his intention to overhaul the high-speed rail project, Brown said he’s putting his own stamp on state government.

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