LA-area Democratic lawmaker now opposes high-speed rail

Dec 9, 2015 2:46 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Democratic state lawmaker from San Fernando is withdrawing her support for California's high-speed rail project amid opposition in her district.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Assemblywoman Patty Lopez says she believes the project would harm her mostly Latino, working-class district. The rail route would cut through the district.

The first-term assemblywoman is not the first Democrat to oppose the project; opponents include Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. But Lopez says five other unnamed Democratic lawmakers are also reconsidering their support.

Hundreds of protesters from Lopez's district turned out at a rail board meeting in Los Angeles this summer.

Lopez won a surprise upset last year when she unseated Democratic Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra. She's expected to face Bocanegra and another Democrat, rail opponent Joel Fajardo, next year.


Information from: Los Angeles Times

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