State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, is holding a public hearing on California's controversial high-speed rail project at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at Palo Alto City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.
Representatives from the California High-Speed Rail Authority and other elected officials will give presentations at the hearing, which will be followed by a public comment period.
The public is invited to come and express their views.
The hearing will focus on the agency's new business plan, submitted to the state Legislature in December. The agency was required to provide an updated document before accessing additional state funds.
Sen. Simitian represents residents in communities along the train's proposed route and chairs the Senate budget subcommittee that oversees transportation spending. He will co-host the hearing with state Sen. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach.
"I see this meeting as an opportunity to clear the air on an issue that evokes strong feelings on all sides," Sen. Simitian said in a statement.
Residents can watch the hearing live from home via local cable television or on this Web link.
■ Cable subscribers in Atherton, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Stanford can watch the hearing live on Government Access Channel 26 courtesy of the Community Media Center.