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Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, is behind an effort to put a measure to halt the state’s high-speed rail project on the November ballot. He also is running for Congress.

The Buzz: California lawmaker files initiative to block high-speed rail

Published: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 - 12:00 am

For the second time in less than two years, a California lawmaker has filed proposed ballot language to put the brakes on California’s high-speed rail project.

Assemblyman Jeff Gorell submitted paperwork Friday to qualify the Stop the $100 Billion High Speed Rail and Reinvest in Education Act. The proposed November ballot measure is largely identical to the Stop the $100 Billion Bullet Train to Nowhere Act submitted by then-state Sen. Doug La Malfa and former Rep. George Radanovich in March 2012, which failed to qualify.

Gorell, R-Camarillo, is running for Congress this year against freshman Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Oak Park, in the 26th Congressional District, one of the most competitive House seats in the state. A Gorell spokesman said the assemblyman does not expect to lead the effort to qualify the bullet-train repeal. Besides the congressional campaign, Gorell will be busy as vice chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee.

Gorell and other opponents will need to collect 504,760 valid voter signatures to qualify Friday’s measure for the ballot.

– Jim Miller


The Sacramento Bee’s state budget expert, reporter David Siders, will take reader questions about Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest spending plan in a live chat today at noon. Go to www.sacbee.com/live to participate. Brown presented his $154.9 billion plan last Thursday, and touted its additional money for schools, a proposed rainy-day fund and debt paydown. But some lawmakers and interest groups have raised concerns that the plan doesn’t do enough to restore recession-era cuts. Siders will preview the upcoming budget season.


“This campaign is an imaginal poetic journey. But we also aim to win.”

Luis Rodriguez of Los Angeles, whose campaign for governor was endorsed by the the Green Party of California at its recent state meeting in Santa Rosa.

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