California high-speed rail official is resigning

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California High Speed Rail Authority

An artist's rendering of California's high speed rail.

A Los Angeles transportation official is resigning from the panel overseeing California's proposed $43-billion bullet train between Orange County and San Francisco.

The Los Angeles Times says Richard Katz will resign on Dec. 1 from the California High-Speed Rail Authority.

Katz also is a board member of the Los Angeles County MTA and Southern California Metrolink commuter rail systems.

The state attorney general's office is reviewing Katz to determine whether he can legally hold both the state and county positions because of potential conflicts of interest on issues such as rights of way.

Katz says he wants to complete several county rail projects, including Metrolink safety improvements, and won't risk them for the state job.

Information from: Los Angeles Times

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