Traffic backs up on I-5 at the scene of an Amtrak train derailment. (Photo: Alex Milan Tracy/Sipa USA, via AP Images)
Although it might be regarded as an opportunity to score points against Gov. Jerry Brown’s beloved high-speed rail project, the train crash that killed at least three people Monday in Washington state is receiving a muted response from both opponents and boosters – at least for the time being.
The Amtrak station in Oakland. (Photo: Supannee_Hickman, via Shutterstock)
We Californians frequently make assumptions about the rest of the country, especially the part that lies east of the Sierra up to the shores of Washington, D. C. Not all of them are true, at least not always. “You guys live in a little blue bubble out there on the coast,” says my son Patrick, an attorney in Washington whom we visited for a few days.