COME ON AND RIDE THE TRAIN: In the Times, Liam Dillon reports:
California Gov. Jerry Brown gave a forceful defense of one of his signature projects Monday night, responding to critics of the escalating costs of the state's high-speed rail program.
"That's bullshit," Brown said, at the outset of a 15-minute speech to California labor leaders at a Sacramento hotel.
"We can do it if we have the imagination, if we have the will and we don't let these small-minded people intimidate us into lowering our expectations."
CHANGING OF THE GUARD: John Myers writes up the outgoing speech of Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) as President Pro Tem of the State Senate. de León steps down tomorrow as Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) takes the reins.