Ralph Vartabedian has written on a wide range of technical subjects, including aerospace, defense, auto safety, engineering disasters, nuclear weapons, taxpayer abuse and high speed rail. Over a 45-year career, he has won two Gerald Loeb awards for distinguished financial journalism and was a Pulitzer finalist, among many other career recognitions.
Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature agreed to create an inspector general job for high-speed rail as part of a compromise that they hope will get the project moving and end with an actual train.
Lawmakers and Gov. Gavin Newsom have different opinions on what the next steps for California’s high-speed rail project should be.