Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fresno County Supervisors Review Support of High Speed Rail

California’s High Speed Rail project, which has long been a focal point of controversy in the San Joaquin Valley, came under scrutiny again Tuesday by the Fresno County Board of Supervisors. A proposal to withdraw board support by one supervisor initiated a four hour discussion by the board and citizens, who packed the chambers to testify for and against the bullet train. In the end, the board failed to make a decision, and the proposal was tabled for further discussion in two weeks. The State has been sued over the High Speed Rail project by Kings and Kern Counties, as well as by citizen groups opposed to it. But despite the conflict, the project is moving ahead with land acquisition and construction activities. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.