State auditor criticizes high-speed rail project
April 30, 2010
A new report by State Auditor Eileen Howle raises serious concerns about California’s plan to build a multi-billion dollar high-speed rail line to connect major cities. [California Watch]
The report, commissioned last year by the Legislature, accuses the California High-Speed Rail Authority of making overly optimistic budget projections, submitting inaccurate progress reports, and consistently failing to document millions of dollars of work allegedly performed by contractors.
In one example, the report cites an incident where officials “misused public funds” when it purchased $46,000 in furniture for one of its contractors using state bond money.
The Auditor’s report concludes that the High-Speed Rail Authority has not adequately planned for the future development of the program.