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High-speed rail meeting: 2 Madera County lawsuits to be discussed

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Two Madera County lawsuits will be addressed in a closed session of the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board meeting next week in Sacramento.

The City of Chowchilla v. California High-Speed Rail Authority and the County of Madera v. California High-Speed Rail Authority lawsuits, both filed June 1 in Sacramento Superior Court, allege that CHSRA violated the California Environmental Quality Act’s (CEQA) guidelines in the development of the rail system.

The lawsuit filed by the City of Chowchilla states the Authority’s Environmental Impact Report did not adequately evaluate the impacts of splitting the city in half with the rail line.

In essence, the EIR left out what the suit calls the “Chowchilla box,” or the entire Chowchilla area that includes the rail route and the wye, said Charles Reese, an Oakland-based attorney representing Chowchilla in the suit...


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