California Citizens for High Speed Rail Accountability (CCHSRA) has announced the time and place for its local landowners’ appraisal workshop.
The workshop is aimed to help local residents whose properites stand in the way of the proposed California high speed rail alignment. The high speed rail authority is currently appraising and making offers on local properties along this portion of the alignment between Fresno and Bakersfield.
The workshop will be held Thursday, March 19, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Technology Learning Center on the Corcoran High School Campus. CCHSRA is expected to bring appraisers of its own, as well as attorneys who can guide local residents through the property acquisition process.
CCHSRA said many complaints have already surfaced across Kings County regarding the process being used by the authority to make offers on property. A recent workshop in Hanford brought about 60 landowners to the table.
Locally, the route chosen by high speed rail will skirt east of the community proper, taking out several large chunks of farmland, as well as housing along 5th and 51/2 avenues and a stretch of Waukena Road and Orange Ave.
Another important date is looming: this time, it’s the authority monthly meeting in Sacramento.
The session will be held Tuesday, March 10 in Sacramento, beginning at 10 a.m. CCHSRA is attempting to load a bus of landowners from Kings County to attend the meeting.
CCHSRA is attempting to load a bus to make the trip. Landowners can speak directly to the authority board regarding their problems and issues with the appraisal process during the open forum portion of the meeting. CCHSRA claims reports being made to the board by aurhority staff misrepresent the feelings of many of Kings County’s impacted property owners.
“They simply characterize us (CCHSRA) as trouble makers who have filed lawsuits against the authority. We need the property owners themselves to speak out on this issue,” noted Aaron Fukuda of CCHSRA.
Anyone who would like to reserve a spot on the bus can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.