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    No resolution yet in city's bullet train lawsuit

    BY THEO DOUGLAS The Bakersfield Californian
    Tuesday, Dec 16 2014 07:13 PM

    After a nearly two-hour closed session City Council meeting Tuesday, the city of Bakersfield appeared to be chugging along on its quest to stop the bullet train -- but its exact destination was unknown.

    The council, City Attorney Ginny Gennaro, and other city staffers emerged from closed session shortly before 5 p.m., and Gennaro announced only that by a unanimous vote, "staff was given direction."

    Two issues were believed to be under consideration. One was the possible settlement of the city's California Environmental Quality Act lawsuit against the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The city, which finds the current path through Bakersfield unacceptable, alleges the project's environmental impact report was inadequate.

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    U.S. board says federal law trumps state environmental lawsuits on high-speed rail

    A three-member panel of presidential appointees has potentially derailed seven lawsuits challenging the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s approval of its Fresno-Bakersfield bullet-train route and raised questions about how California...

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    Council, supervisors to talk high-speed rail settlement

    The Bakersfield City Council will likely meet next week to discuss settling its lawsuit against the multi-billion dollar bullet train, City Attorney Ginny Gennaro said Thursday. Bakersfield filed a California Environmental Quality Act...

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    DAN WALTERS: Bullet train a big test of political integrity

    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown demonstrated this year that he's willing to skate very close to the hazy line that separates devotion to duty from political obstreperousness, virtually daring federal judges to hold him in contempt for...

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    Downtown Business Association supports downtown bullet train station

    Downtown Business Association officials said Tuesday that they will speak to the Bakersfield City Council at its Sept. 11 meeting in support of a high-speed rail station in downtown. The group's position is based on a recent anonymous...

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    Rail agency says fed law overrides state environmental rules

    An appellate court brief in a high-speed rail lawsuit from the Bay Area could have far-reaching implications in the rest of the state -- including the San Joaquin Valley, where the first stretches of the statewide bullet-train network are...

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    Key green light for California high-speed rail

    SACRAMENTO -- The California High-Speed Rail Authority won approval Thursday from a federal railroad oversight board to start construction this summer on the first leg of what would be the nation's first bullet train. The ruling removes...

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    Judge to hear lawsuit over high-speed rail bonds

    SACRAMENTO -- State officials on Thursday agreed to drop a request to consolidate all lawsuits challenging California's use of voter-approved high-speed rail bonds, allowing a trial seeking to stop their sale to begin later this month....

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    Valley farmers reach key settlement with bullet train agency

    SACRAMENTO -- A group representing Central Valley farmers said Thursday it reached a settlement with the California High-Speed Rail Authority in a lawsuit that was one of the biggest obstacles to the state's $68 billion bullet train...

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    Engineers suggest west-of-Hanford route for high-speed trains

    The high-speed rail report released Tuesday that recommended a so-called purple route through Bakersfield also recommended that the track alignment skirt Hanford's western edge through Kings County. The authority's board will receive a...

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    Bullet train draws a bull's eye on downtown Bakersfield

    California High Speed Rail officials have released a preliminary track alignment through Bakersfield that would steer clear of several notable local sites but would require the bulldozing of others. Properties and areas that would be...

  12. New CA rail plan to make major improvements in valley Amtrak

    While many are chattering about high-speed rail these days, state transportation leaders are quietly planning to drop more than $15 billion into California's existing Amtrak train service -- including a big chunk here in the valley....

  13. Madera Co. leader suggests new bullet-train route

    It may be a little late in the game, but a Madera County supervisor is floating a last-ditch alternative for a high-speed train route between Merced and Fresno. Supervisor David Rogers, who represents the Chowchilla area, wants to convince...

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