California’s plan to build a $68-billion bullet train divided the Legislature this summer, so it is no surprise that it became a hot-button election issue. And nowhere is that split more on show than in the 5
District contest in the San Joaquin Valley.
The race features two Stockton lawmakers: Democratic Assemblywoman
Galgiani's campaign is touting that she authored the legislation that put the California High-Speed Train Bond Act of 2008 on the ballot, where voters approved the project. And she played a leading role in winning legislative approval of first-phase funding this year as chairwoman of the Assembly select committee on high-speed rail.
That position out front on the issue has made her a target of criticism from Berryhill, who believes the project will cost much more than is budgeted and is not affordable.