High Speed Rail Events Next Week in Mountain View, Bakersfield

March 6, 2012 - Two important public events discussing high speed rail are scheduled for next week: a State Senate informational hearing in Mountain View on Tuesday, March 13; and a Bakersfield Town Hall discussion on Thursday, March 15.  Opponents of high speed rail will certainly show up at both events to trash the project.  So it will be crucial that supporters be on hand to promote its benefits.  Press availabilities featuring HSR supporters are being planned to precede both events.  More details will be forwarded as they are made available.  Here are specifics about the two events.

State Senate Informational Hearing on High Speed Rail

Tuesday, March 13, at 7:00 PM, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041.

Legislators who will be attending the hearing will include Senator Joe Simitian, chair of the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation;Senator Mark DeSaulnier, chair of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee: and Senator Alan Lowenthal, chair of the Senate Select Committee on High-speed Rail.  This event is open to the public, and attendees will have the opportunity to speak during a public comment period following prepared testimony from state officials and others.  (Note: public comment will be late, after the last agenda item at 8:45 p.m.)

Bakersfield Town Hall

Thursday, March 15, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Cal State Bakersfield’s Icardo Center, 9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield.

The discussion will feature High Speed Rail Authority Chairman Dan Richard, and Congressman Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, a staunch opponent of the project.  They will take questions from audience members.  To reserve space or for more information call (661) 654-2175.


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