High-speed rail opponents to have case heard May 31

The Fresno BeeMay 16, 2013 

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Charlene Hook, left, sits with her sign protesting high-speed rail at Fresno City Hall where the California High-Speed Rail Authority held a board meeting last month. Hanford property owners and the Kings County Board of Supervisors have a court date May 31 for the suit they filed against the authority in 2011.

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Kings County landowners suing the state High Speed Rail Authority will not have their case combined with a related case, allowing them to go to court for a hearing at the end of the month.

The Attorney General's Office and the lawyer for Hanford farmer John Tos and landowner Aaron Fukuda agreed out of court not to combine their case with one involving challenges to issuing of initial bonds for the project.

Tos and Fukuda agreed not to challenge the validity of the issuance of bonds for the project when their case in heard, and can take that issue up at another time, both sides said.

The agreement was accepted Thursday by a Sacramento Superior Court judge, said Lisa Marie Alley, spokeswoman for the rail authority.

The agreement means that the Kings County landowners' case will get a court hearing on May 31 as scheduled, said lawyer Stuart Flashman, representing Tos and Fukuda.

That hearing will focus on whether the rail authority is properly following Prop 1A in its plan to start building the rail tracks in the San Joaquin Valley, he said.

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