Is Gov. Gavin Newsom Taking California High Speed Rail In A New Direction? Thursday, February 14, 2019 | Sacramento, CA Listen / download audio Update RequiredTo play audio, update browser or Flash plugin. California Gov. Gavin Newsom delivers his first State of the State address.Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio Gov. Gavin Newsom’s remarks on California’s embattled high-speed rail project in his State of the State address Tuesday seemed to confuse just about everyone. Supporters and opponents alike questioned whether he’s abandoning the project, or even scaling it back. Turns out, he really isn’t changing all that much. Ben Adler shares his reporting, as well as his larger takeaways, from Newsom’s first State of the State address.