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Metro Hearing: BH Argues No Active Faults, Presents Route Alternatives

Experts hired by the Beverly Hills Unified School District called Metro's Westside Subway Extension studies flawed. The city of Beverly Hills presented alternative options for reaching a station on Constellation Boulevard in Century City.

Beverly Hills presented its case Thursday against tunneling under the city’s high school during a with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors.

Metro has proposed routing the Westside Subway Extension under Beverly Hills High School to reach a station at Constellation Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars in Century City. That plan is opposed by Beverly Hills city officials and school board members, but supported by some neighborhood and business groups in Century City.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who chairs the Metro board, said the purpose of the hearing was to allow Beverly Hills the chance to present evidence and testimony regarding its opposition to tunneling under BHHS. The Metro board  on the final placement of the Century City station to consider Beverly Hills' objections. 

The hearing was not held to determine the final location for the Century City stop, which may be finalized at Metro's next regular meeting May 24 or at a later date, according to Villaraigosa.

Here are five major points that Beverly Hills' representatives argued before the Metro board: 

  1. The West Beverly Hills Liniment is not an active fault, which contradicts studies commissioned by Metro.
  2. Faults in the Santa Monica Boulevard area are likely inactive, but Metro should conduct trenching studies there before determining that the location is not safe for a subway stop.
  3. Beverly Hills has submitted three alternative options for a Century City station at Constellation Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars that would not involve tunneling under BHHS. These stations would conform to Metro's standards for subway routes.
  4. Metro does not have conclusive data, or correct data, that is necessary to rule out Santa Monica Boulevard as a safe option for a subway station.
  5. The city of Beverly Hills and the Beverly Hills Unified School District may file a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) challenge should the Metro board proceed with plans to tunnel under BHHS.

Beverly Hills concluded its arguments after the scheduled end-time for the meeting, with no time remaining for public comment. The public comment portion of the hearing was postponed until Metro's next board meeting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 24.

Check back with Patch later for more news and analysis from the public hearing. We are also working to get more details on the alternative subway routes proposed by the city of Beverly Hills.

To read the live blog of the hearing, click .

George Vreeland Hill May 18, 2012 at 06:12 AM
We all knew Metro's studies were flawed all along. Their reports had so many errors and false information that they should be investigated. There is also so much corruption going on with Metro and what they could make off of deals by routing the tunnel under BHHS that a criminal investigation should take place. The faults along Santa Monica Boulevard are inactive. The tunnel was supposed to go there in the first place. Go back to the original plans. Metro will not make crooked money with real estate deals by having the tunnel run under BHHS. They will also not put our children and our community in danger by digging, building and having a subway under a school where there is a danger of a methane gas explosion. Can it Metro. We have had enough of your BS.
Carol Spencer May 18, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Good lord Mr Hill, your comments are shocking. Please note, LA has considered a station at Constellation Blvd with tunneling beneath BHHS since 1968. Check the records -
Cesar September 07, 2012 at 07:44 AM
Flawed studies on the fault? How can yawl explain the 2 earthquakes from this past week which were right on SM Blvd?
Cesar September 07, 2012 at 07:47 AM
Magnitude 3.5 - local magnitude (Ml) Time Friday, September 7, 2012 at 0:03:10 AM (PDT) Friday, September 7, 2012 at 7:03:10 (UTC) Distance from Beverly Hills, CA - 0 km (0 miles) N (351 degrees) West Hollywood, CA - 1 km (1 miles) SSW (196 degrees) Century City, CA - 2 km (1 miles) NE (38 degrees) Los Angeles Civic Center, CA - 14 km (9 miles) W (278 degrees) Coordinates 34 deg. 4.4 min. N (34.073N), 118 deg. 24.1 min. W (118.402W) Depth 0 km (0.0 miles) Quality Good
Carol Spencer September 07, 2012 at 03:00 PM
The earthquake on Monday was centered on Wilshire Blvd at Oakhurst Drive not Santa Monica Blvd

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