California Gov. Gavin Newsom is preparing to deliver his first State of the State address a day after declaring he wouldn't participate in the Trump administration's "political theater" over border security.
Newsom says the state won't waver on its ambitious clean energy goals, but must also address the pressure that climate change is putting on utilities. It was a chance to lay out his vision for leading the world's fifth largest economy, a state that is home to some one in eight Americans.
But the only time the governor mentioned Trump's name was to praise him.
Gov. Newsom, who signed the order on Monday, will clarify the redeployment of troops during his State of the State address tonight, with a promise to "offer an alternative to the corruption and incompetence in the White House".
"This is a bipartisan issue - at least it should be - and I hope he follows through, and takes the lead of California in the process", he said.
A scaling back of the high speed rail project in California was announced by Governor Gavin Newsom in his first State of the State address on February 12. Three days after Election Day, the High Speed Rail Authority released its 2008 Business Plan estimating the project would cost $33 billion with a completion date of 2020.
Concept art shows the planned high-speed train that was to have run from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
The Trump administration has not yet responded to Newsom's announcement.
The governor still wants to build a line between Merced and Bakersfield in California's Central Valley, claiming that it could encourage economic growth in the region.
But other Republicans scorned the governor for trying to have it both ways. The U.S. Transportation Department's inspector general's office noted in August 2018 that the state had only identified $30.7 billion in funding, or less than half the project's needs. Jeff Stone said in a statement.
Gary Reyes/TNS/NewscomCalifornia's wasteful, expensive, and likely doomed-to-fail statewide bullet train project is getting killed.
For the moment, only the Central Valley segment of the San Francisco-to-Los Angeles train will be built. There would also be governance chnages, with Newsom picking his Economic Development Director Lenny Mendonca as the next Chair of the High-Speed Rail Authority.
Newsom said the state will complete a 119-mile (191 km) high-speed rail link between Merced and Bakersfield in the state's Central Valley.
Newsom distanced himself from fellow Democrat and four-term governor Jerry Brown in partially unwinding two of his popular predecessor's signature projects: bypassing the fragile California Delta with a set of tunnels to divert water from upstream and building a $77 billion high-speed rail line. "Our collective effort must be to cross the finish line on real agreements to save the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta".
Newsom's decision comes more than a decade after Californians approved using $10 billion in state bonds to jump-start construction of the line that promised to shuttle passengers on trains running as fast as 220 miles (354 kilometers) an hour. "Yes, we have much left to do, but I believe in the remarkable talent assembled here, and I believe in our state".
"I know the valley".