High-Speed Rail

Workshop set to help Chowchilla farmers in path of high-speed rail

Preserve Our Heritage, an advocacy group for Madera County agricultural land owners, is hosting a workshop to help area farmers in the path of California’s high-speed rail project to understand their legal rights in the right-of-way acquisition process.

“If you live in the Chowchilla area, there is a good chance you will be affected by the high-speed rail project,” the organization wrote in announcing the April 8 workshop. The session is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Little Theater at the Chowchilla Fairgrounds, 1000 S. Third St. in Chowchilla.

Organizers said some property owners are concerned over the appraisals and offers that the California High-Speed Rail Authority is making for their land.

Preserve Our Heritage is holding the workshop in collaboration with Citizens for California High-Speed Rail Accountability, a Kings County group that opposes the high-speed rail project and is battling the state in court.

The workshop will include a panel of attorneys and appraisers to answer questions about the right-of-way process. People who attend are asked to bring any appraisals or other materials they have received from the state.