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News - May 13, 2011

Around Town

SHOOTING THE MESSENGER ... California's proposed high-speed rail project has become a favorite punching bag for independent analysts over the past two years, with offices of State Auditor, the Inspector General and UC Berkeley's Institute for Transportation Studies all taking swipes at the California High-Speed Rail Authority and its ambitious plans. But the scathing new report from the Legislative Analyst's Office stands out for the boldness of its recommendations, which include stripping the rail authority of its power and reconsidering the starting point of the rail line. Not everyone, however, is pleased with the new analysis. Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani, the Legislature's leading supporter of the rail project, immediately dismissed it as "just an opinion" and disputed the Legislative Analyst's Office's expertise. "There will always be some who will continue to slam the California High-Speed Rail Authority in the knees with a baseball bat and then ask them why they can't run any faster," Galgiani said in a statement.

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