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BH City Council Requests Public Forum for Subway Debate

The move could delay a Metro board vote on a route that calls for tunneling under Beverly Hills High School.

The Beverly Hills City Council voted unanimously at a for a resolution to request a public hearing with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Board of Directors regarding the Westside Subway Extension.

"We have concerns which have not been adequately addressed by Metro, or addressed at all by Metro," Beverly Hills Vice Mayor John Mirisch said.

The Metro project seeks to tunnel under to reach a subway station on Constellation Boulevard in Century City. That plan is .

"It's our important chance to get this in front of a Metro board in a transparent way," Beverly Hills Mayor William Brien said.

Councilman Barry Brucker said the amount of time Beverly Hills officials had to publicly discuss the subway route with Metro's board was insufficient.

The public hearing will provide "a chance to ask our experts, ask Metro's experts on subjects that are certainly important to us all," said Brucker, who specified concerns such as seismic testing, ridership and implications for future infrastructure upgrades to the city's 80-year-old high school if a subway tunnel is located below it.

Councilwoman Lili Bosse said the Metro hearing will give Beverly Hills the opportunity to review all the scientific data gathered on the proposed subway route.

"[State law] does provide for an open, transparent process that will allow for our city to share and gather information with Metro," she said.

A few Beverly Hills residents also spoke during the meeting.

"We all want what's best for [Los Angeles], but we're a city too," Red Richmond said. "We need to keep our kids safe."

City Attorney Larry Wiener told Patch that Metro has between 15 and 60 days to schedule the public hearing. The 13-member Metro board was slated to vote on the subway project's Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report at its April 26 meeting.

What do you think of the Beverly Hills City Council's request to have a public hearing with the Metro board?

Joe Parker April 24, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Marika, it would have been more appropriate and constructive for our city if you had addressed your comments directly to Mr. Brucker. Right or wrong, I'm sure he has acted on what he felt was in the best interest of the City, and he continues to do so. Let's stay with the present and rejoice in that BHUSD and the City of Beverly Hills are now unified in the fight against putting a subway under our high school.
marika condon April 24, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Mr Parker, 1) how is it more 'constructive' for our city if i expressed my comments directly to Mr Brucker? 2) Last I checked, Mr Brucker has not voted to withdraw his support for the subway project if the MTA goes through with tunneling under the high school. 3) "Unified"? From everything i've read, Mr Brucker hasn't offered to vote for any kind of formal defense agreement with the school district. 4) i question whether Mr Brucker made those decisions based on what he thought was "in the best interest of the city". It's well known how he feels about the prior school board majority.
Joe Parker April 26, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Ms. Condon, 1. Making public personal attacks on an individual is not a humane thing to do, and therefore not constructive. It is not something you would want someone to do to you. Rather, it's better to focus on ideas in this comment section, which projects a more thoughtful and intelligent community. 2. This is a good question to ask Mr. Brucker. 3. My understanding was the vote was tabled. But again, I am not sure and this is a question for Mr. Brucker. 4. A good question. I don't know how he feels. But he should know. Again, please contact Mr. Brucker and let us know what you find out.
LAofAnaheim April 26, 2012 at 04:20 AM
So Mr. Mirisch still never answers the question why it's okay subways can go under hospitals, schools, buildings, homes, etc.... Worldwide, but apparently BHHS is off limits. Never answered.....
Ron Harris May 18, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Raise there taxes to pay for the detour and make them pay extra if they want to ride on it.

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