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Locals Hope to Alter High Speed Rail Plans

| News | September 4, 2014

A letter and email campaign from Canyon Country residents objecting to the high-speed rail project will continue for another week. While more than 70 individuals have already corresponded with California High-Speed Rail officials, a local group of citizens called the High-Speed Rail Task Force is requesting that all local citizens become a part of their campaign to limit the scope of the government project. The authorities receiving the written comments are printed below, and letters are encouraged to be sent by this Friday, September 12.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority is responsible for planning, designing, building and the operation of the first high-speed rail system in the nation. California high-speed rail aims to connect the mega-regions of the state. By 2029, the system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of over 200 miles per hour, according to the government entity’s website, www.hsr.ca.gov.

In an email communication sent from the Sand Canyon Homeowners Association, primary points suggested for a letter campaign to the High-Speed Rail officials with desired changes to the plan include:

A. The preferred alignment is direct from Burbank to Palmdale, bypassing the Santa Clarita Valley altogether.

B. Of the two alignments being considered through SCV, the tunnel extension alignment causes less environmental and community damage than the above ground alignment.

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C. We definitely oppose the above ground alignment:
• Too close to two schools, putting over 1,000 elementary school children in           danger and the sound will negatively impact learning in the classroom.
• Eliminates a community church.
• Eliminates houses and negatively impacts neighborhoods.
• Sound Impacts would be negative for all residents throughout the East end           of Santa Clarita.
• Visual impacts would be negative for all residents throughout the East end of       Santa Clarita.
• Eliminates a job center approved for our community.

Those interested in joining their efforts are told to write:
Mr. Mark A. McLoughlin
Director of Environmental Services
California High Speed Rail Authority
Southern California Regional Office
700 N Alameda, Room, 3-532
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Emails can be sent to:
Mr. Mark A. McLoughlin
Subject Line: “Palmdale to Burbank Section EIR/EIS”
palmdale_burbank@hsr.ca.gov

SCHOA is requesting that residents also “blind CC” scvtaskforce@gmail.com, and are directed to contact Michael Hogan at the same email with any questions.

The website for all information relating to the Palmdale to Los Angeles project section is
http://www.hsr.ca.gov/Programs/Statewide_Rail_Modernization/Project_Sections/palmdale_losangeles.html.

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A professional writer for decades and the editor of multiple products from Valley Publications, Martha is in a constant search for new challenges. While maintaining her editing post for more than eight years, she also opened an antiques business and authored her first book, “Canyon Country,” by Arcadia Publishing. Martha manages two blogs—one for business and one that is more personal—and works to market and perfect her craft in every arena. Lack of energy is never a problem, and Martha is daily generating ideas, taking photos and talking to members of the community. She believes strongly that “everybody has a story.”

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