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'High-speed rail and eminent domain' talk tonight

Group claims 'hundreds of family homes and other properties' could be taken to build elevated rail structure

A discussion tonight (Oct. 5) will focus on eminent domain and high-speed rail, sponsored by group that claims an overhead high-speed-rail structure would result in "hundreds of family homes and other properties" taken by eminent domain in portions of the Peninsula.

The panel will be at 7 p.m. in the Palo Alto City Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Ave.

"If that proposal comes to pass (it is not a done deal yet; CC-HSR and many other concerned community groups are fighting it), the Authority will need to take hundreds of family homes and other properties from private parties along portions of the corridor," according to an announcement of the event.

"Some takings will be permanent -- others will be for construction purposes only. Either way, a great many people will be displaced and neighborhoods permanently transformed," the announcement states. "These takings will have major and in some cases devastating impacts on Peninsula homes and businesses."

Principal speaker will be Andrew J. Turner of Turner & Turner, an eminent-domain attorney who will provide an noverview of eminent-domain laws in California.

Attorney Gary A. Patton, of Wittwer & Parkin, will provide updates on the Community Coalition's efforts to force the authority to "Do it right -- or not at all."

-- Palo Alto Online staff

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