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When a Ballot Initiative Isn't Enough

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There's been a spate of bad press about the proposed high-speed rail line, of which California voters passed a $9.95-billion bond to build. The San Jose Mercury-News is now reporting that train supporters are fighting back, launching an awareness campaign to reverse the bad PR regarding the train's financials and potential noise pollution. "Advocates are speaking at town-hall meetings and Senate hearings and organizing community leaders statewide... fundraising and public awareness efforts will be conducted," Californians For High-Speed Rail Executive Director Brian Stanke told the paper. [Mercury-News]