Vidak Urges Supreme Court to Review High-Speed Rail

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sacramento -- Senator Andy Vidak (R-Fresno) today sent the following friend-of-the-court letter to the California Supreme Court asking for a review of the High-Speed Rail (HSR) Authority’s use of taxpayer-funded bond money to build a project that is different than what voters approved in 2008:

September 23, 2014

The Honorable Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice,
      and Associate Justices
California Supreme Court
350 McAllister Street
San Francisco, California 94102

Re: High Speed Rail Authority v. Superior Court, S220926
      Amicus Curiae Letter Supporting Petitions for Review

Honorable Justices of the California Supreme Court:

Pursuant to the California Rules of Court, rule 8.500(g), I submit this letter in support of the petitions for review in this case.

As the California State Senator for the Sixteenth Senate District, which represents portions of the counties of Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare, my constituents will be the first to be impacted by the California High-Speed Rail project.  Many questions about the overall project have been raised at the local, state, and federal levels.

Of specific concern is the legitimate use of Proposition 1A bond funds as approved by the voters on November 8, 2008, as well as the appropriation of said bond funds by the High-Speed Rail Authority without an open and accountable process as required by law. 

These issues need to be addressed, and I believe that the Supreme Court should accept the case on behalf of the public interest.

Respectfully submitted,

Andy Vidak
Senator, 16th District

For a copy of the original letter, click here.