They were all for the $68 billion project until they discovered that it'd run through where they live. Now, they're getting pretty worked up. It seems that they don't mind blowing tens of billions of dollars that nobody has, but they don't want a bullet train running through their towns.
San Fernando Mayor Joel Fajardo said the surface route would reverse the progress his small working-class community has made in recent years, splitting the city in half with a 20-foot-high sound wall. The route would cut through the city's downtown, he added, displacing businesses that provide 7% of the city's tax revenue. And the surface route could require demolition of the city's police headquarters, he said.
"The high-speed rail cannot come barreling through our community," Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean said. "Some of the plans will be devastating."
Frankly, nobody cares about San Fernando; that's a mostly blue-collar town. But Santa Clarita's upscale, so politicians are going to want to be really careful about ticking them off. A lot of campaign donations are involved.
It's really an amusing situation; Democratics there were all for spending tons of money on a train to nowhere, but they're not too keen on a train that actually goes somewhere - particularly if getting to somewhere means the thing goes through their little slices of heaven.