Free Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Workshop

This Saturday, August 25th, CCHSRA will be hosting a free EIR/EIS workshop open to the first 400 people in Hanford, CA and is open to everyone interested in Fresno, Kings, Kern and Tulare counties.

“The workshop will detail how the EIR/EIS process works along with providing the tools to provide effective comments to the California High-Speed Rail Authority both in person and via mail.” -excerpt from press release

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the EIR/EIS as it pertains to the Fresno-Bakersfield section of the High-Speed Rail.

The Citizens for California High-Speed Rail Accountability is a nonpartisan advocacy group. If you are interested in the high-speed rail, then you should get to know this group.

Please see the press release for more information on the upcoming workshop.

PRESS RELEASE CCHSRA WORKSHOP

High-Speed Rail, Property Aquisition Workshop

There will be a high-speed rail workshop this Saturday, February 25th, at Kit Carson School in Hanford.

The speakers will be Herman Fitzgerald, an eminent domain trial attorney. And Keith Hopper, an appraiser with expertise in valuation of complex income properties.

For more information see

Acquisition Workshop Flyer-1

While at the World Ag Expo, Newt Gingrich expressed: “I am for high-speed trains that are economically rational. But I am against high-speed trains that become basically just a large tax-payer subsidy, so that a handful of unionized workers have a brief period of feeling good.”

Pretty much sums it up; high-speed rail will be a drain on tax-payers and will ruin Central Valley businesses (and homes.)

CA High-Speed Rail EIR/EIS FREE Workshop

Are you interested in the California high-speed rail? Are you over-whelmed by the massive Environmental Impact Report? Then head over to Hanford, California this Thursday and/or Saturday.

 The workshop is intended to:
-Provide an update and summary of the EIR/EIS for the Fresno to Bakersfield Section.
-Describe the process surrounding the EIR/EIS and the project as a whole.
-Prepare landowners and citizens with information on preparing and submitting public comments to the EIR/EIS.

The workshop is being held at Kit Carson School:

http://www.mapquest.com/

The address is: 9895 7th Ave Hanford, California

Press Release for HSR EIR/EIS Workshops

The workshop is being hosted by Citizens for California High Speed Rail Accountability (CCHSRA). Who is CCHSRA? They are a non-profit organization of Kings County residents. They have no affiliation with the California High-Speed Rail Authority.

The workshop is open to all counties, they do ask for an RSVP. Here is their email:  cchsraorg@gmail.com

Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for the most up to date information on California High-Speed Rail news.

A different take on the High-Speed Rail

 

It is no surprise to those of us that live in the Central Valley that Agriculture is what drives our economy. Consider these facts:

-Agriculture supports 1 in every 10 CA jobs

-In the San Joaquin Valley, 1 in every 5 jobs are directly related to Agriculture

-Fresno County leads the Nation in Agriculture production

-followed by Tulare County

 

The below article was published in The Business Journal:

California Dairy
Industry creates 3% of states jobs

Feb. 8th, 2010    

A study released by the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) highlights the dairy industry’s impact on California’s economy, including the number of jobs and revenue generated from a typical dairy farm in one year.

In 2008, the latest year for which figures are available, California’s largest agriculture commodity was responsible for creating a total of 443,574 jobs and $63 billion in economic activity for the state.

The typical California dairy cow and farm stimulates a positive ripple effect throughout the state, according to the research conducted by J/D/G Consulting Inc., an independent dairy industry research firm based in Florida.

Specifically, a typical dairy farm in California generates $33.1 million in economic activity and 232 jobs in the state, including ‘on-the-farm’ and ‘beyond-the-farm’ jobs like milk tanker drivers, grocery store clerks, feed farmers and employees at milk processing and cheese plants, among others.

When compared to the impact of other notable California industries, the dairy industry provides more economic stimulus and jobs to the state yearly than either the iconic motion picture/television or wine industries. The most recent statistics available for these industries show that the motion picture/television industry contributes $35 billion and 208,230 jobs (2007) and the wine industry provides $59 billion and 330,000 jobs (2008).

“This research offers a perspective on how vital the dairy industry is to California with every dollar from production and sales of California milk contributing to the economy,” said Stan G. Andre, CEO of the CMAB. “In addition to providing one of the four food groups that feeds our local communities, a typical dairy cow generates more than $34,000 in economic activity and a herd of 100 cows creates 25 jobs for California residents each year.”

 

So why did we bring all this up? Because agriculture plays a vital role in not only the Central Valley’s economy but in CA’s economy and we need to remember this.

Because of the importance of agriculture we oppose the high-speed rail cutting through farm land. It runs the risk of destroying businesses; businesses that are already contributing to the San Joaquin Valley’s economy. The High-Speed Rail has yet to be able to show a solid argument that it will generate revenue for the state. Besides all this, the rail authority hasn’t been able to show a) how they will get the money (can’t rely heavily on Feds) to fund this project and b) it doesn’t seem that they’re committed to actually completing the rail.

Until California has a balanced budget and paid off its debts and the Rail Authority can prove that the High-Speed Rail won’t be a drain on the tax-payers it needs to be put on hold. There is no sense destroying businesses that are already generating jobs and revenue for the
state.

 

Here are a few of our resources:

http://www.tulcofb.org/index.php?page=agfacts

http://kcfb.org/ag_facts/

http://www.thebusinessjournal.com/agriculture/3861-california-dairy-industry-creates-3-of-states-jobs-

 

Where does your food come from?

Stores are full of beautiful, ripe, fresh fruit and vegetables. Loaded with delicious, nutritious meats and dairy products. And lets not forget about the wholesome grains. But all of this life-sustaining food doesn’t come from the store; it’s just sold there. Our food comes from hard-working men and women, that get up every day to provide us with this safe, nutritious food.

Since our food doesn’t come from “the store,” why is it that too many people seem to think its ok to choose a teeny fish over pumping necessary water for the crops? Why is it ok to destroy farm ground to build a train that will more than likely cost CA a small fortune and will never be completed? Why is it ok to destroy family businesses for this same train to nowhere? Where will our food come from if the ground is gone? Where will our food come from if regulations get so cumbersome and costly that no one can afford to farm? The US has the safest food supply in the World!

Here are two recent articles worth checking out:

Pacific Legal Foundation is continuing their effort to defend water rights and common sense. Recently they asked the Supreme Court “to hear their constitutional challenge to the federal government’s Delta smelt regulations that have led to devastating water-delivery restrictions through-out two-thirds of California.” -excert from PLF news release

http://www.pacificlegal.org/page.aspx?pid=1612

Fox News visited the Central Valley to interview local dairy families about how the high-speed rail will affect their businesses.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/06/25/high-speed-rail-routed-around-environmental-site-affects-new-group-farms/?test=latestnews

High-Speed Fail

The idea of traveling quickly North to San Francisco to catch a Niners game or South to LA to shop sounds divine! To not have to worry about timing it to avoid sitting in traffic. Not having to worry about if you’ll find a parking spot. Sounds amazing doesn’t it?!

Ask yourself these questions: Do you think the High-Speed Rail is actually going to be built? Do you think the HSR is going to be cheaper to ride versus driving? Even with todays high gas prices. How much will tax-payers have to subsidize the cost of a ticket? How over budget will it be? How much farm land, businesses and homes will be destroyed? How much time will it actually take to get to San Francisco or LA? How much money has already been wasted? How many people will actually ride the High-Speed Rail?

Anyone else find it odd that it runs through a certain someones district?! When the plan was originally to go along the 99? Why can’t they decide on a route?

California can not afford to build the High-Speed Fail right now! The Central Valley can not afford to have good farm land tore up. Especially if its going to be just some unused tracks dividing land. Maybe, one day when our state has a balanced budget with money in the reserve. AND the Federal government has a balanced budget. But, right now is not the time to build this. Lets follow the other states who have scrapped their high-speed rail plans and get back to basics.

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