published on August 23, 2016 - 6:42 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation from Sen. Andy Vidak that would give previous owners of property in the path of high-speed rail the opportunity to buy it back if it’s not used.

SB 940 requires the California High-Speed Rail Authority to notify previous property owners when it plans to sell unneeded property, and requires the Authority to wait 30 days after the notification before selling the property.

“High-Speed Rail Authority is trying to take farms, land, businesses and homes, many of which have been in the same family for generations,” Vidak said in a statement.  “Folks deserve the opportunity to get back what belonged to them if the state plans to sell property it bought or seized to supposedly complete the High-Speed Rail project.”

Brown signed another Vidak bill yesterday. SB 1178 requires the state Superintendent of Public Instruction to create a poster showing children the phone number to call if they are the victim of abuse or neglect. The poster would be created in English, Spanish and the other top three languages in the state.

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