Congressman Jeff Denham was set to hold a high-speed rail public hearing in the Madera County Board of Supervisors’ chambers later this month — until Board Chairman Max Rodriguez changed his mind and denied the congressman’s request, the Tribune learned this week.
Denham (R-Turlock) is chairman of the Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee under the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Until last year’s state redistricting, he represented Madera in Congress. Before that, he represented part of Madera County in the California Senate.
He plans to hold a public field hearing in the Madera area to hear from the California High-Speed Rail Authority and other invited guests to address ongoing concerns regarding the viability of the proposed rail project, and to receive an update on its status, said Denham’s press secretary, Amanda Maddox.
Rodriguez last week approved Denham’s request to hold such a meeting in supervisor chambers, but changed his mind on Monday, said Madera County District 2 Supervisor David Rogers...