California HSR proponents are disheartened but not defeated upon hearing two rulings that sided with project opponents that claimed the project as currently conceived is in violation of Proposition 1A, the 2008 voter-approved mandate that also allowed the state to issue bonds and finance the project. Among other findings, Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny ruled that the Authority did not concretely identify all sources of funds for building the initial operating segment, which the Authority estimates will cost $30 billion. However, the ruling stopped short of halting the project, meaning that design work can continue on the first segment between Fresno and Madera.
The Los Angeles Daily News argued that what will soon be under construction is not what the voters wanted and that said voters should at least get a chance to approve a scaled-down but more costly project (at least in comparison to what was approved under Prop 1A). The San Francisco Chronicle, however, countered that, while the problems with the project should be addressed, now is not the time to send it back to the table or have it succumb to the actions of affirmed opponents who simply want to stop the project altogether.