The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a joint motion by Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich and Sheila Kuehl to send a five-signature letter to the California High Speed Rail Authority Board and the County’s elected state officials opposing the Refined E-2 High Speed Rail alignment, as currently proposed – due to serious impacts to homes, quality of life and sensitive environmental areas in local communities including Shadow Hills, Lakeview Terrace, Sunland-Tujunga, Kagel Canyon and Acton, and to the Big Tujunga Wash.
The letter will detail efforts to date by Supervisors Antonovich and Kuehl and call upon the Authority to expedite scientific studies related to the high speed rail project. The motion also directs County departments to assess project impacts on their operations.
Shadow Hills Property Owners Association president David DePinto testified, “Above ground structures are intolerable near residential communities and sensitive environmental areas… it’s a terrible burden for us.”
In 2013, Supervisor Antonovich requested that the Authority find alternatives to the SR-14 corridor due to its severe impacts on communities in the North County, including the Santa Clarita Valley, Agua Dulce and Acton. “The resulting alternative routes still carry significant impacts,” said Antonovich. “Today’s decision was an important next step in our ongoing effort to protect these communities.”