The Kings County Board of Supervisors, one of three plaintiffs in the court case against the California High Speed Rail Authority that the Appeals Court three-judge panel decided on July 31, "unanimously voted at least week's meeting to approve a Supreme Court appeal," writes Tim Sheehan of The Fresno Bee. The other litigants agreed as well.
"Essentially, there is much at stake for Kings County and for all taxpayers so it is worth the added effort to make sure the opinion is correct and, if not, get it corrected," Kings County Counsel Colleen Carlson said.
By my counting, we may expect the appeals court to decide on the requisite petition by the end of this month, and if they deny it, from the Supreme court by my mid-November.
As Sheehan notes, this will not be the first time the Supreme Court rules on the case. In January, we noted that Gov. Jerry Brown appealed
the devastating November Sacramento Superior Court decision
directly to the Supreme Court which denied the request
in April, sending it to the 3rd District Court of Appeal.
In case you haven't been keeping track of the remaining litigation
, Sheehan writes that "(i)n addition to its lawsuit challenging the $68 billion plan for a high-speed passenger train line connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco by way of the San Joaquin Valley
, Kings County has filed one of six lawsuits under the California Environmental Quality Act
challenging the rail authority's environmental certification and route approval in May for the Fresno-Bakersfield
section of the rail system."
Is it any wonder that a recent New York Times article
profiled how President Obama's vision for "high speed rail is inching along"?
Putting a positive spin on the 800-mile San Francisco to Los Angeles project's seemingly never-ending lawsuits and appeals, Jeff Morales [PDF
], executive director of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, observed, "The Golden Gate Bridge was tied up for years in hundreds of lawsuits. We haven’t had quite that many.”