Neel Kashkari, Seeking Jerry Brown's Job, Rips "Crazy" Bullet Train Curt Pringle Championed

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It may get a little awkward at upcoming Orange County GOP functions if Neel Kashkari runs into Curt Pringle.

Former U.S. Treasury official Kashkari--a.k.a "the architect of the bailouts"--has begun his run for the California governor by ripping the bullet train former Anaheim mayor and Assembly speaker Pringle--a.k.a. the onetime "face of high-speed rail"--championed while in office.

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Kashkari's campaign just unveiled NoCrazyTrain.com and a "Crazy Train" video to highlight Gov. Jerry Brown's "misplaced priorities" in also supporting the project that would finally, someday supposedly link Southern and Northern California by high-speed rail.

The train is to eventually start in San Francisco and be built in different phases, north to south. Currently, the 29-mile leg from Los Angeles to Anaheim is projected to run on an upgraded Metrolink corridor starting in 2029. The total (and always rising) price tag for the entire project: $91.1 billion.

"To me, it is not only a waste of money, it is a great example, a symbol of Sacramento having the wrong priorities," says Kashkari, who is now was an executive at PIMCO* of Newport Beach. "If I were elected governor, we're going to cancel the bullet train and we're going to focus on the state's priorities, which are jobs and education."

His campaign pointed to just-released Bureau of Labor Statistics that show California continues to have the 46th worst unemployment rate in the nation. See the video here: www.neelkashkari.com/video-stop-crazy-train/.

Ironically, then-Attorney General Jerry Brown who found it a conflict of interest for Pringle to have served on the boards of both the Orange County Transportation Authority and the California High-Speed Rail Authority.

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Pringle resigned from that board in June 2011.

(*Correction: A campaign spokesperson says Kashkari left PIMCO in January 2013 to pursue public service.)

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cschafer1
cschafer1

 I'm all for Neel Kashkari stopping this "boon doggle" of all times.  Oh as for 1A the bullet train was to begin in San Diego and that will never happen nor it will it make it to San Francisco's liberal mecca because Palo Alto residences don't want it through their back yards. What we vote for and what we get are NEVER the same.  Stop kissing the butt of your union stewards or believing what you read in the LATimes & SFCh and open your eyes and ears! Go Get them Neel! 

cschafer1
cschafer1

I'm all for Neel Kashkari stopping this "boon doggle" of all times.  Oh as for 1A the bullet train was to begin in San Diego and that will never happen nor it will it make it to San Francisco's liberal mecca because Palo Alto residences don't want it through their back yards. What we vote for and what we get are NEVER the same.  Stop kissing the butt of your union stewards or believing what you read in the LATimes & SFCh and open your eyes and ears! 

mtracy9
mtracy9

The only thing you can get our right-wingers enthused about spending money on is for military adventures in the Middle East. For the money we've blown off on Bush's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we could have had HSR all across the country.

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