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October 7, 2013

Oct 9 | Debate - California High–Speed Rail, hosted by BEEPS

Oct 9 | Debate - California High–Speed Rail, hosted by BEEPS

If you are interested in High-Speed Rail, come to our debate on the California High-Speed Rail. Come ready to ask questions!

On Wednesday, October 9 at 6pm in 213 Wheeler, Berkeley Environmental Economics and Policy Students (BEEPS) is hosting 2 experts, William Grindley and Daniel Krause. They will be debating the costs and benefits of the contested California High–Speed Rail. There is limited room so please RSVP at


Daniel Krause is Co-Founder, Executive Director, and President of Californians For High Speed Rail (CA4HSR). He believes that with a core system of high-speed rail in place, new transit systems will quickly develop to connect to the system, and transit-oriented development will become the standard development pattern. Therefore, he has dedicated much of his time to ensure that the high speed rail system will get developed in California.

He has served for five years as the Managing Director of Rescue Muni, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization that focuses on public transportation. An urban planner by nature and training, he is also founder and president of Public Vision Research, LLC, a San Francisco-based consulting firm. Daniel holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on Land-Use Planning from University of California, Santa Cruz.

William Grindley was educated as an architect and urban planner; so the Prop1A claim that “the users of the system pay for the system” didn’t pass his ‘smell test.’ He put together a team who knew how to read an income statement, balance sheet and statement of cash flow. They produced their first report in October 2010, and have followed that with 37 more reports on why the financial claims of the High-Speed Rail Authority don’t match reality.

He learned after 52 trips to Sacramento, distributing those reports and testifying, that the political establishment either doesn’t understand finance – or cares more about their political futures than the financial facts about the high-speed rail project. After President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address and being told by staff of his own Representative that they will not ‘go against our President’ he was forced to work with only the Republican leadership.