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Travel By Calif. Bullet Train Officials Questioned

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ethics issues are being raised about overseas trips taken by California bullet train officials who are reportedly unable to detail costs and sponsors of the travel.

The Los Angeles Times says the travel was paid by governments of nations whose companies want contracts to build the proposed $43 billion Soutchern California-to-San Francisco high-speed rail project.

Details of travel gifts to agencies are required by California ethics regulations.

Interviews and records examined by the newspaper show California High-Speed Rail Authority board members and the former executive director took tours of train systems in Spain, France or Germany last year.

The authority must publicly disclose donated travel details. But high-speed rail officials haven’t provided an accounting and details about the trips haven’t been posted on the authority’s Web site.

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