The flyer below is being distributed by people who are concerned that high-speed rail will impact their lives and their farms (they think they're being railroaded). Families Protecting the Valley is very much interested in HSR and would encourage any and all who want to participate in the debate to attend these meetings when possible. There will be an open microphone at this meeting and people are being encouraged to speak their minds. We hope you can attend regardless of your position on the issue. The details of the meeting are all below.
Support your local farms in
Fighting the HIGH SPEED RAIL ALIGNMENT
Tuesday June 7th
Time: 5:00 PM
Where: Kings County Fairgrounds, Rose Bldg
801 S. 10th Ave., Hanford
We need your help in preserving our community and our farms. Come show opposition to the High Speed Rail Alignment and SUPPORT FOR KINGS COUNTY FARMS.
If you have any questions or comments please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rail Authority To Meet With Supes, Hold Public Forum
Kings County supervisors on Tuesday will hold the second of a series of meetings designed to move a proposed high-speed rail line out of Kings County and along either Highway 99 or Interstate 5.
The special meeting, scheduled for 1 p.m. in board chambers, is part of a legal strategy the county is pursuing called "coordination," a process local officials believe could ultimately force rail officials to abandon their plans to route California's high-speed rail tracks through Kings County dairies and farms.
At the first meeting on April 19, county department heads asked for clarification of the impacts to water infrastructure, law enforcement, public safety, county planning and the local economy. California High Speed Rail Authority staff promised to return with a response.
Those responses are scheduled for Tuesday. County staff will raise more concerns in the final part of the meeting. More meetings are expected to take place as county officials ask for more detailed information. Rail officials have said that more information will be available - including the final route determination - when the draft environmental impact report is released publicly later this month or in July.
A separate, non-county public forum hosted by the California High-Speed Rail Authority is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Rose Room at Kings Fairgrounds. The open-microphone meeting, question-and-answer session is a follow-up to an earlier meeting at Kit Carson School at which authority officials apologized for not allowing public comment.
The meetings come as Kings County opposition is mounting to the proposed project, which would start construction in 2012 on tracks from Fresno to Bakersfield, running through Kings County farmland and slicing through several big dairies south of Hanford the generate millions in annual milk production.
The project is coming under increasing criticism statewide. Two days after the state Senate approved a similar bill, the state Assembly on Friday passed a bill tightening oversight, voting to create a department to run a system that is expected to cost more than $43 billion. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office has questioned the cost and operations of the existing rail authority.
In their regular meeting at 9 a.m., supervisors will consider closing Kingston Park on the Kings River because of budget cuts. The park is one of three operated by the county. The others are Burris Park and Hickey Park.
Supervisors will also be in closed session to begin the process of finding a replacement for Kings County Fire Chief Jim Kilner. Kilner said he'll retire on July 22.
Supervisors meet at the Kings County Government Center, 1400 W. Lacey Blvd.
The reporter can be reached at 583-2432.
High-speed rail meetings
• Tuesday, 1 p.m.: Kings County Board of Supervisors coordination meeting with California High-Speed Rail Authority, Kings County Government Center, 1400 W. Lacey Blvd., Hanford.
• Tuesday, 5-7 p.m.: California High-Speed Rail Authority open microphone, question-and-answer public forum to discuss Fresno-to-Bakersfield section of California high-speed rail project, Kings Fairgrounds, Rose Room, 801 S. 10th Ave., Hanford