High-Speed Rail Route Took Land From Farmers. The Money They’re Owed Hasn’t Arrived - Los Angeles Times
Big government via eminent domain, questionable legal rulings, budget shortages, cost overruns and missed deadlines. Now this…
John Diepersloot squinted under a bright Central Valley sun, pointing to the damage to his fruit orchard that came with the California bullet train.
He lost 70 acres of prime land. Rail contractors left mounds of rubble along his neat rows. Irrigation hoses are askew. A sophisticated canopy system for a kiwi field, supported by massive steel cables, was torn down.
But what really irritates Diepersloot is the $250,000 that he paid out of his own pocket for relocating wells, removing trees, building a road and other expenses.