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Times Again Calls for End to Subway Fight

The newspaper publishes another editorial denouncing Beverly Hills' opposition to a tunnel under the high school.

The Los Angeles Times on Tuesday published another editorial critical of the city's attempts to thwart Metro from tunneling under Beverly Hills High School.

The newspaper, which has run several opinion articles urging the city to accept the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board's approval of a route that goes under BHHS, framed this latest rhetorical salvo in the context of the 2013 Beverly Hills City Council election:

Beverly Hills' embarrassing battle against the Westside subway extension, which emerged as a major political issue last year, is becoming one of the key issues in the March 5 city elections. With the lines hardening between those determined to take legal action to stop the construction of a tunnel under the local high school, which they fear will endanger students, and those who see that route as the safest alternative, we urge residents to consider the scientific and engineering reality rather than merely relying on emotion. In other words: Stop gumming up the rails, Beverly Hills, for your own sake and L.A.'s.

Mayor William Brien has voiced his own reservations about the subway, but to his credit, he has sought to avoid a costly legal fight against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, whose board last May approved a plan to route the train under Beverly Hills High School. As a result, Brien has been heavily criticized by his political opponents. We're not endorsing Brien or any candidate in the city race this year, but in the case of the subway, he's right not to pick a fight.

The editorial goes on to attempt to assuage safety concerns expressed by Beverly Hills city officials, school board members and residents.

Last week the city filed a second lawsuit, this time in federal court, that attempts to block the Westside Subway Extension.

Click here to read the entire Times editorial.

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Tom Pease February 21, 2013 at 05:45 AM
Except that if the station is on Santa Monica that parcel will not be "in the process of renovation", It will be a "full take" by Metro as a staging area for construction from Starbucks to Sonya Dakar for the entire time that leg of the subway is under construction according to Metro's on documents.
lalins February 21, 2013 at 04:52 PM
What is really at the heart of the Beverly Hills subway spat can be explained quite simply. Although there is no science to back up the claim, The Courier, along with some School Board members, homeowners association members and some city council candidates who are expressing an irrational fear that the tunneling alignment for the subway isn't safe ANYWHERE on the Beverly Hills High School campus. In reality, Supervisor Antonovich has them naively carrying his water to try and divert Federal transit funding from the Westside to his own district. I applaud Mayor Brien and Council Member Brucker for attempting to avoid a costly legal fight against the MTA and continuing to try and reach a compromise. The hysteria being perpetuated only serves the Courier publisher and the Supervisor's goals. Thankfully the citizens of our great city are starting to catch on.
centurycitysubway.org February 21, 2013 at 07:08 PM
This isn't about the Courier or Antonovich. It is about protecting and preserving Beverly Hills High School. The fact remains that a subway station at Santa Monica Blvd and Ave of the Stars would be cheaper, faster and have higher ridership than one located at Constellation. It also wouldn't require tunneling under BHHS, which is the main issue. Perhaps you can take a few moments to educate yourself about the true issues and stop the political spin. Visit http://centurycitysubway.org/common-questions/
A. ORDAZ February 21, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Let me be up front, I support the subway westward expansion. But I DO NOT support and will never support tunneling under a school full of kids. Regretfully Mayor Brien's "support" has been so anemic that if he were a patient, he would be in need of a serious transfusion. So much has been made out of the fact that "non resident Cliff Smith" does not live in Beverly Hills . . . . I would like to know who in the LA Times Editorial Board lives in Beverly Hills . . . and if they do does that somehow validate their opinion? Let's stop with this sophmoric macho ranting and get on with the business of telling the facts. NO SCHOOL in the state of California has heavy rail underneath permanent student buildings . . . . and Beverly Hills High School will not be the first, period end of story . . . . The choices are clear, if we want to be represented by leaders who will stand shoulder to shoulder with our Community and our School Families and protect our one and only high school then our choices for City Council must be Mirisch, Krasne and Rosenstein.
cutop February 21, 2013 at 10:16 PM
The fact remains that no scientific evidence has shown that building the subway under the high school is unsafe. In fact, just the opposite. Those opposed to building the subway under the high school have changed their rationale from earthquakes to methane gas to terrorist attacks to sinkholes to underground parking structures to weapons of mass destruction. When you keep shifting your rationale, don't be surprised when people accuse you of being shifty.

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