How Hard Will the Senate Fight Back Against House Spending Cuts? (Streetsblog DC)
Last Friday, the House approved a budget bill for the remainder of this fiscal year that included major cuts to transportation funding – including high-speed rail, new starts funding, Amtrak and rail safety programs. Will the Senate and President approve the budget or will the House agree to an extension of current spending levels? Both sides seem unwilling to back down, which means a shutdown of the federal government could result.
Santa Monica’s Love/Hate Relationship with Bergamot Plan (The Lookout)
The Bergamot Transit Village adjacent to the future Expo Line in Santa Monica is a development project that is warming up to normally development-averse Santa Monica residents. A recent community workshop on the project saw optimism from 140 Santa Monica residents who envisioned a walkable arts-centric transit oriented development. While the fear of increased traffic and density still loom, the workshop shows that Santa Monica residents are willing to deal if the project is done well.
A Monrovia property owner has filed a lawsuit against the Gold Line Construction Authority claiming the authority failed to comply with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQUA) in the environmental report. The property owner has land that would acquired through eminent domain for use as a rail maintenance yard for the line. Habib Balian, CEO of the construction authority, says all CEQA requirements were met and that litigation is to be expected for such large projects — but will not slow down the land acquisition.