Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle was re-elected as chairman of the California High Speed Rail Authority on Thursday.

Pringle was elected to a one-year term, although there are questions as to whether he can serve beyond December when his terms both as mayor of Anaheim and as a Rail Authority board member are up.

Traditionally, seats on boards like the Rail Authority are held by current officeholders. However, Pringle has indicated that he believes Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger can appoint him to another term on the rail board even after he is termed out as mayor.

Pringle also serves on the board of the Orange County Transportation Authority.

Former Orange County Assemblyman Tom Umberg was re-elected as vice chair of the nine-member board. Umberg, a lawyer, spent the last year serving in Afghanistan.

— TRACY WOOD

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