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SJV farmers worried by high-speed train plans

SJV farmers worried by high-speed train plans

California's ambitious plan for high-speed trains is drawing sharp criticism from San Joaquin Valley farmers who fear the project would carve their property into useless pieces, disrupt their work and drive down land values.

From the Fresno Bee:

California's ambitious plan for high-speed trains is drawing sharp criticism from San Joaquin Valley farmers who fear the project would carve their property into useless pieces, disrupt their work and drive down land values.

Others accuse the California High-Speed Rail Authority -- the agency tasked with building the 800-mile system over the next decade -- of ignoring their concerns and steering the proposed rail line into the countryside as the path of least resistance.

"I have been able to deal with immigration officials, the United Farm Workers union and Congress," said Manuel Cunha, president of the Fresno-based Nisei Farmers League. "But these guys [at the rail authority] don't want to talk with us. Their attitude is, 'We are going to put this through and we don't really care about these farmers.' "

Path of high-speed rail worries Valley farmers

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