Sen. LaMalfa seeks to block high-speed rail
SACRAMENTO (KABC) -- Critics of California's high-speed rail proposal are trying to get an initiative on the November ballot, but Democrats call it a political ploy.
Republican state Senator Doug LaMalfa (R-Oroville) is collecting signatures, hoping to get a measure on the ballot that will prevent the state from issuing bonds to help pay for the so-called "bullet train" plan.
But a political rival says it's really about LaMalfa's campaign for Congress in Northern California.
"There's no chance of this getting on the ballot," said Democratic Party strategist Steve Maviglio. "This is all about a man trying to get traction to run for Congress to show he can cut government spending, and that's why he's doing it."
An initiative campaign would cost about $30 million. Governor Jerry Brown hopes to unveil a new and less costly high-speed rail plan next month.
- Reseda shooting: 1 dead, 1 injured, 1 arrested
- Tour bus crash in Corona: 91-yr-old man dies
- Target probe focuses on processing centers
- Woman gives $500 to friend who's a single mom
- Pope's message to end hunger hits home in IE
- Slain chase suspect's family files $20M claim
- Fallbrook tour bus crash: Victim identified
- Judge orders hospital to keep girl on support
- Helicopter gunships used in MX resort battle
- abcnews: One of Van Gogh's last paintings unveiled
- San Jose company recalls sausage products
- Jewelry shopping tips: How to avoid rip-offs
- Ned Vizzini, popular author, dies at age 32
- OTRC: Beyonce kisses Madonna's daughter (Photo)