Gov. Jerry Brown has just a few weeks left in office. Among the priorities he'll have to leave incomplete are his multibillion- dollar, and controversial, high-speed rail and Delta tunnels projects.
Both have faced delays, cost increases and court challenges. The high-speed rail project, which would eventually connect San Francisco with San Diego, has seen its projected cost balloon to more than $77 billion. The Delta tunnels, which would carry water from Northern to Southern California, are now projected to cost $17 billion.
Still, Brown remained optimistic when he was asked about the projects while speaking to the Sacramento Press Club this week.
“They’ll be built. And they’ll be built in a timely and responsible way," he said.
Brown was blunt when talking about the need for the tunnels, which would be built under the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.