Bill Berryhill, COAUTHOR
Charles Calderon, COAUTHOR
Tom Berryhill, COAUTHOR
An act to amend Section 185024 of the Public Utilities Code, and to add Chapter 20.1 (commencing with Section 2704.25) to Division 3 of the Streets and Highways Code, relating to high-speed rail, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.
Existing law, the California High-Speed Rail Act, creates the High-Speed Rail Authority to develop and implement a high-speed rail system in the state, with specified powers and duties. Existing law, pursuant to the Safe, Reliable High-Speed ... »More
Existing law, the California High-Speed Rail Act, creates the High-Speed Rail Authority to develop and implement a high-speed rail system in the state, with specified powers and duties. Existing law, pursuant to the Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century, approved by the voters as Proposition 1A at the November 4, 2008, general election, provides for the issuance of $9.95 billion in general obligation bonds for high-speed rail and related purposes. The federal Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA) and the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provide funding for allocation nationally to high-speed rail projects. This bill would appropriate $221,571,000 from the High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Fund and federal ARRA funds to the authority for high-speed rail purposes , as specified . The bill would require federal high-speed rail funds received on a reimbursement basis from ARRA to be deposited in the federal trust fund. This bill would specify that certain ARRA funds shall be used, upon appropriation, for planning and engineering for the high-speed train system and capital costs, as specified, and would require the authority to ensure that those funds are expended in a manner that meets federal requirements. The bill would identify the corridors eligible for PRIIA funds, upon appropriation by the Legislature, and require the authority to work with the Federal Railroad Administration tocreate a plan for expenditure of the ARRA funds. These provisions would not apply to the portion of ARRA funds awarded to the Transbay Terminal project in San Francisco. Existing law provides for appointment of an executive director by the authority, who is exempt from civil service and serves at the pleasure of the authority. Under existing law, the salary of the executive director is established by the authority and approved by the Department of Personnel Administration. This bill, for purposes of managing and administering the ongoing work of the authority in implementing the high-speed rail project, would authorize the Governor, upon recommendation of the executive director, to appoint up to 6 additional executive staff exempt from civil service who would serve in specified positions at the pleasure of the executive director. The bill would require the authority to cause a salary survey to be conducted to determine the compensation for the executive director and additional exempt staff, and would require the salaries to be approved by the Department of Personnel Administration. This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute. »Less