Senator Feinstein’s Husband Wins $35 Mil Per Mile Rail Contract from California


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That famous golden spike takes on a whole new meaning with the nearly 1 billion dollar rail to nowhere contract that clocks in at a truly golden 35 million dollars per mile.

And its recipient, Mr. Diane Feinstein owner of Tutor Perini, just happens to sit in a warm position near the top of the state’s political heap.

The Perini-Zachary-Parsons bid was the lowest received from the five consortia participating in the bidding process, but “low” is a relative term. The firms bid $985,142,530 to build the wildly anticipated first section of high speed rail track that will tie the megopolis of Madera to the global finance center of Fresno. Do the division, and you find that the low bid came in at a mere $35 million per mile.

And that doesn’t include the cost of rolling stock (that’s engines and cars to the normal among us). Nor does it include the cost of electrifying the route. Does it at least include the cost of land acquisition? No, it does not.

As this fiasco progress, remember that this $35 million per mile represents the best California can do on the section of track the High on Crack Speed Rail Authority selected to go first because it will be the cheapest.

But at least that 35 million per mile will be the end of it. It’s not like Diane Feinstein’s better/worse half’s company has a history of fraud and overspending.

According to the Seattle News some of the Perini headlines read: “In February, Tutor-Saliba and Perini agreed to pay $19 million to settle racketeering and fraud allegations in a San Francisco airport project.” … “The companies are embroiled in an 11 – year legal battle over $16 million in extra costs on a Los Angeles subway job.”

Who could have thought this would happen under the responsible and honest stewardship of Governor Moonbeam and his gang of unions?

  • JMS

    And the fools continue to vote for them

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "And the fools continue to vote for them"

      But with the Democratic Party in power, at least they'll make "the rich" pay for it. It's not real money. Money isn't real.

      Conservatives are so delusional and greedy.

      • Josh

        Who the hell are you talking about? The Feinsteins ARE rich. And they're paying themselves with money from the taxpayer.

        Did you just pay taxes? I did. And I don't own a house, yacht, or a business.

        Stop worshiping government. You're nothing more than a useful idiot to them.

        They're all psychopaths. They don't care.

        They DON'T care like you care.

        They only care that YOU care – so then they can use whatever you care about as a club to beat the money out of your wallet.

        "Oh, you care about the sick and the poor? Well send me your money and I'll sort it out. Keep paying. Just keep paying."

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "Who the hell are you talking about? The Feinsteins ARE rich. And they're paying themselves with money from the taxpayer."

          Your response is correct since you didn't know I was being sarcastic.

    • Jim Andrews

      Please join us on facebook!

      Stop the Bullet Train to Bankruptcy group!
      http://www.facebook.com/stopCAbullettrain

  • 4b4mac

    Might I suggest a new federal law that specifies the absolute requirement for full, comprehensive vetting of all applicants before they can qualify for candidacy.

    • Looking4Sanity

      …because the last law we had governing that worked so well, right?

      When are you "there ought to be a law" people going to get it through your heads that laws are not the problem? They certainly aren't the solution.

      Do yourself a favor and remove that phrase from your lexicon and your mind. It does nothing except lead you down blind alleys.

    • the electrician

      Whats a new law going to do these people in D.C, They don't obey the one's that we have already!!!!!!!

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Whats a new law going to do these people in D.C, They don't obey the one's that we have already!!!!!!!"

        There ought to be a law requiring our leaders to obey the law.

        :>)

        • open your eyes

          you people just refuse to open your eyes the rich run the country (the 1% republican and democrat)
          and the rest of us the (99%) pay with our money and blood our young people fighting their wars!!

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "you people just refuse to open your eyes the rich run the country (the 1% republican and democrat) and the rest of us the (99%) pay with our money and blood our young people fighting their wars!!"

            It's the voters that elect them. Make me POTUS and I'll make sure the wars end quickly.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Is any more proof needed that Demsters are the real banksters and corrupt to the gills, not that RINOS's don't have their skeletons? But no matter, the Demsters, particularly under Obama, are not even trying to hide their conflicts of interests anymore. In fact, Congress (and other public officials) are mandated to complete (on a yrly basis) financial disclosure forms, and this is simply to see if there are any "conflicts of interest" in their personal financial dealings which would render them unable to perform their jobs without bias, this includes holdings with spouses!
    There is no rule of law anymore and that is that. The public should bear this in mind…
    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

  • ladydonnalands

    This does not surprise me. They are always above the law. They walk hand in hand with the Mafia Ran Union Government! We just need to keep showing our fellowman the truth. Open our hearts to our neighbors and offer a better plan. Their plan is not working. They have been in Bed with the Union since 1962. The Croonism and disloyality to this Country needs to end.

  • Edward Cline

    "Does it at least include the cost of land acquisition? No, it does not." And that "land acquisition" means seizing private property under the iron hand of eminent domain. The New York Times, Columbia University, and Bank of America in New York City, for example, acquired their building sites with the cooperation of a government willing to declare viable private property "blighted" or something else nasty according to its collectivist lights. There are other instances of political property theft just in New York City. And, to be sure, what the government pays the robbed will be the least dollar amount in assessed costs, because the government, when seizing private property, pays only cents on the appraised dollar value of the seized property.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Not to mention the New York Times

  • wayfaraway

    that is $6629 per foot, $552 per inch! I need this contract! put me down for 15 feet!

  • Ted

    Daniel, I really want to believe your article as I have long suspected this, and although I know Blum was at one time a 75% owner and seemingly bailed them out of near bankruptcy (favors anybody?), I have been unable to find evidence that Richard Blum is currently a shareholder in Tutor-Perini. I have long suspected that DiFi was operating in her own best interest when it came to this project despite her previous claims of having a 'firewall' between her and her husband's businesses. Given how conspicuously silent she has been regarding the issues surrounding this project, I could only reach one conclusion, and now it seems my instincts have been correct. That said, can you point me to where you find proof of Blum's direct ownership. You and I know, that even if he temporarily stepped aside, we've got nothing on these weasels. I really want to see this blow up in DiFi's face, so your help is appreciated.

  • MeSoHornish

    They don't even hide it any more….it's out there in the open with no shame.

  • Journalist

    Unfortunately when you get your facts wrong as in Blum owns Tutor Perini it undermines the credibility of your entire article. It's very easy to check public records to see who owns major blocks of this public company. Also Blum was not the person responsible for turning around what was previously known as Perini Corp. if you're truly interested in jounalism look it up before you write your article.

  • Jim Andrews

    Want to help stop this boondoggle? Please like us on facebook!

    Stop the Bullet Train to Bankruptcy group: http://www.facebook.com/stopCAbullettrain

  • theccur

    NATURALLY the bankrupt state with the INFAMOUS railway to NOWHERE would grant a sweetheart contract on a political basis.

  • https://www.facebook.com/marla.lee.75?ref=tn_tnmn Marla Lee

    This woman refuses to address reports pertaining to heinous crimes taking place behind the 60+ yr water scam, allegedly behind this high-speed rail and plans for upcoming nuclear plant in Fresno, CA. With Fresno’s former Mayor Alan Autry (aka: Bubba Skinner) behind altered records to cover up evidence (inc reports and evidence of murder/s), and backing perjury to deny! Big development plans underway!!! (In a state that claims to be bankrupt no less.)
    https://www.facebook.com/marla.lee.75?ref=tn_tnmn

  • Jamil

    I don’t understand how you call this “corruption”. It just proves that people are looking for things to be mad about. Voters already approved the project. It WILL be built. And you are mad that they went with the lowest bidder? What do you want them to do, give the job to the highest bidder and waste more money? If you are mad at anyone be mad at the voters who approved the project in the first place, not the fact that the lowest bidder happens to be affiliated with a relative of a politician in the state where the project happens to be built.

  • DTS in San Diego

    The project that is now planned is a far cry from what the voters approved.

  • Bill Vertrees

    No wonder we can't get out of dept. This is stupid

  • Chuckiechan

    Do the math. The bid was 9.1% below the next bid. 10% is usually considered to be a “bad bid”. 9% is a nice number for people who “get it”.

    Someone phoned in the number to someone. Regardless of the reason, it’s fraud. If you don’t want a foreign company to bid, then say so. Don’t rig the bid. It costs a lot of money to put a bid together of this size and scope.

    And who is going to question, let alone deny change orders from Dianne Feinstein’s husbands company? Talk about a career ender.

    I’d like to see the person who managed the bidding process put under oath and questioned about the legality of this bid. That’s a 5th worth taking.

  • rileysmom1204

    He must be the bestest business man EVER!
    The US has entered into a contract with a real estate firm to sell 56
    buildings that currently house U.S. Post Offices. The government has
    decided it no longer needs these buildings, most of which are located on
    prime land in towns and cities across the country. The sale of these
    properties will fetch about $19 billion.
    A regular real estate commission will be paid to the company that was
    given the exclusive listing for handling the sales. That company is CRI
    and it belongs to a man named Richard Blum.
    Richard Blum is the husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein. (Most voters and
    many of the government people who approved the deal have not made the
    connection between the two because they have different last names).

  • HangEmHigh

    The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations. 800 miles X 35 million = 2.8 billion.
    http://www.hsr.ca.gov/