Labor groups to rally for high-speed rail

Several labor and environmental groups will speak out in support of high-speed rail during a rally Feb. 20 in Hanford.

The rally, being held at noon in front of the Hanford Civic Center at 400 N. Douty St., will bring together the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the California Labor Federation, Building and Construction Trades Council, Laborers International Union and environmental groups.

During the event, speakers representing the groups will outline some of the advertised benefits of high-speed rail, including a reduction in air pollution by limiting the number of cars on the highway and thousands of jobs created during construction and operation, as well as increased commercial activity along the rail route.

More information can be found by contacting David Cameron at (202) 437-3177.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority says the estimated $68-billion bullet train will connect the San Francisco Bay Area to Los Angeles in under three hours by 2029.

However, the project was dealt a series of setbacks in November when Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny blocked the sale of $8 billion in bonds needed for the work and ordered officials to re-do its financing plan to align closer with the terms of the Proposition 1A.