California’s once vaunted and now derided high-speed rail project keeps getting kicked in the pants. In early June a poll revealed that 59 per cent of Californians oppose the project. A few days later, Central Valley farm groups filed a lawsuit seeking to block rail construction. Now the Sierra Club, traditionally a group loyal to Jerry Brown, is criticizing the governor’s proposal to eliminate California environmental requirements for the high speed rail project.As if that wasn’t enough, California’s Fourth Estate are jumping on the bandwagon too, voicing their disenchantment with both the project and with their governor’s seemingly endless determination to defy public opinion. Brown’s promises that the federal government will kick in two-thirds of the funding are simply not credible to the public; nor has he convinced voters of a demonstrable need for the bullet train: “Public works projects make sense when they fit well-documented needs. When they don’t, they are just political ego trips,” wrote Dan Walters, a columnist for the Sacramento Bee.Other editorialists have followed suit, deriding the governor’s stubborn fixation with leaving behind a legacy. Californians, it seems, are demanding that their politicians present them with better math and better results.