In a joint letter issued to the California High-Speed Rail Authority in advance of its June 9th Board meeting, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich, and Los Angeles City Councilmember Felipe Fuentes called on the Authority to recognize the significant impacts to many communities along the proposed rail alignments and to develop a clear timeline for conducting the technical analyses requested by local communities that will allow the Authority to remove as soon as possible alternatives with the greatest community impacts.

“The High-Speed Rail study of routes between Palmdale and Burbank is moving in the right direction, but several route alternatives still pose great impacts to residences, businesses, churches, and recreation facilities for our communities,” said Mayor Antonovich. “Supervisor Kuehl, Councilmember Fuentes, and I represent every community impacted by every route still under consideration, and we have come together with one voice to ask the Authority to expedite the process by which it will be able to remove or put underground alternatives that are causing our communities great concern for their homes, businesses, equestrian facilities, churches, and quality of life.”

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl concurred with the joint request. “I strongly agree with my colleagues, Mayor Antonovich and Council Member Fuentes, that we need to work with our partners at the High-Speed Rail Authority to find the safest route from Palmdale to Burbank with the least disruptive impact on our surrounding communities,” Kuehl said.

“Investment in mobility and reduction of greenhouse gases are critical to California’s future – that’s why it’s imperative to make sound and thoughtful decisions about the routes and impacts to residents in the San Fernando Valley,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember Felipe Fuentes, 7th District. “The CHSRA must be mindful of the impacts to the quality of life as it proceeds in this environmental review process. Working with our local leaders and residents we must ensure that the CHSRA delivers a project that minimizes the impacts and maximizes the benefits,” said the councilmember.