HSR meeting
People sign a petition against the high-speed rail in Kings County before the Kings County HSR Committee meeting at Kit Carson Elementary School on Thursday evening. (Gary Feinstein/The Sentinel)

About 50 people attended a meeting at Kit Carson Elementary School in Hanford Thursday evening to voice opposition to the California High-Speed Rail Authority's plans to build the state's high-speed rail project through the heart of Kings County.

They listened intently as organizers presented an update on the project, including details of the Authority board's May 5 approval of a route that cuts through the northern part of the county, then follows a route mostly along 7 1/2 Avenue before paralleling Highway 43 through Corcoran on the way to Bakersfield.

They saw a video showing what many felt was disrespectful treatment of Kings County Farm Bureau Executive Director Diana Peck by Authority board Chairman Curt Pringle at the May 5 meeting. They saw Authority staff tell the board that everything was "hunky dory in Kings County," as one organizer put it.

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