(San Jose Mercury News) As California secures the riches needed to start building a high-speed rail line, some longtime bitter foes of the bullet train are beginning to back off -- yet from the courtroom to the boardroom, other opponents are preparing for one last shot at blocking the historic project.
The hoopla over the Legislature's dramatic approval Friday of Gov. Jerry Brown's $8 billion plan to begin building the $69 billion bullet train is now giving way to many less-scintillating challenges remaining before the state can break ground in the Central Valley early next year.
"The legislative aspect is over, we lost that round. So now it's going to be the litigated phase," said state Sen. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, who led the charge against the project in the Senate. "I don't think there's a complete 'give-up' view yet out there, but it does look tougher."
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