Several people attending the ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday for high-speed rail showed their opposition to the project.
Among them was Kathy Omachi, an advocate for Fresno’s historic Chinatown. Standing next to signs that said “Stop High Rail” and “HSR” with a circle through it, she said construction of the rail system would devastate the area where Chinatown once stood.
Fresno Chinatown Revitalization Inc. contends that two weeks ago rail workers illegally entered the Haruji Ego Family Building, on the corner of Tulare and G streets, boarded up windows and doors and caused irreversible damage to a rear second floor 1930s staircase.
Several other protestors held signs that referenced high-speed rail’s price as too high.
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Gov. Jerry Brown was among a host of elected officials on hand to mark the groundbreaking for one of California’s largest public works projects ever.