캘리포니아 고속철도 건설공사 (California High Speed Rail Construction Authority)의 CEO와 이사회 의장이 갑작스레 사임하였습니다. 관련 기사는  http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0113-bullet-resign-20120113,0,7586034.story에서 보실 수 있습니다.  

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 It became apparent last year that the political and funding battles over keeping the project alive were far from over. A new, hostile Republican majority in the House of Representatives cast doubt on future federal funding.

Rather than focusing on engineering, Van Ark began spending more time on the acrimonious politics engulfing the project. Van Ark was called before the Legislature 15 times last year.

"I think he took over a totally dysfunctional organization," said state Sen. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), one of those who summoned Van Ark. "The distrust by the Legislature was already there. He was always in a defensive posture, defending against this attack or that attack. I think it just wore him out. His skills did not match the situation that evolved."

Others said Brown was unhappy with the project's trajectory. He recently proposed creation of a new state transportation agency to oversee both highway and state rail projects, including the bullet train.

"It's not a coincidence that Van Ark and Umberg happened on the same day," said state Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), another lawmaker with oversight responsibility for the project. "This is clearly an effort by the administration to start fresh and push the reset button."

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