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Council Declines to Amend Subway Resolution

The panel instead chose to focus on a legal challenge to the MTA's decision to tunnel under Beverly Hills High School.

The City Council decided at its Thursday study session not to amend a resolution approved in April that states the city's opposition against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's plan to tunnel under as part of the .

Instead of revisiting the resolution process, the council agreed to as its primary form of opposing Metro's decision to route a subway under the high school to reach a station on Constellation Boulevard in Century City.

"At this stage where Metro has , we're obviously not going to affect the vote," said Vice Mayor John Mirisch, who had drafted additional language that incorporated into the resolution content from a February letter Councilman Barry Brucker  when he was serving his term as mayor. But by the end of the discussion, the council had moved toward the option of focusing on its litigation efforts.

Councilman Julian Gold agreed that circumstances warrant the council to take a different approach, rather than drafting another resolution.

"Time has moved, the train has left the station," said Gold, who looked ahead to a meeting following the study session with the council's attorneys on the subway matter. "I would be hesitant to do anything until we actually hear ... what they think our most effective moves would be."

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George Vreeland Hill June 10, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Agreed. Focus on the legalities and how to prevent the subway from running under BHHS as it relates to the law. Metro won't bend. In that situation, you have to use every legal option.
Barry Brucker June 10, 2012 at 08:30 PM
There was no need for an additional resolution. In April the Council instructed Mayor Brien and VM Mirisch to work on a resolution in time for the Metro April 26th meeting. They incorporated all the Council's objectives and it was submitted to Metro prior to their meeting. This new resolution suggested by Mr. Mirisch was not supported by 4 council members (Bosse, Brucker, Brien & Gold). Instead we are focusing our efforts on CEQA litigation challenges.
John Mirisch June 11, 2012 at 03:01 AM
My resolution was intended to be discussed before Metro voted on the alignment. Unfortunately, delay tactics made it less relevant, as I myself pointed out (and as is mentioned in the article above). In point of fact, the content of the resolution was nothing "new" but a simple repetition -- verbatim -- of language from a letter that Barry Brucker himself, as Mayor, sent to Metro. My intent was to take this language and to adopt it as a resolution in order to show the Council's resolve on this subject. In the letter referred to above, as Mayor, Barry Brucker wrote to Metro clearly stating that the Council's support for the subway was predicated on the alignment not going under the High School. Now that Metro has voted to tunnel under the High School, I have a very simple question for Mr. Brucker: Do you still support the subway?
Barry Brucker June 11, 2012 at 06:00 AM
The Council continues to be unanimous with its opposition to tunneling under BHHS.
Robert Tinker June 11, 2012 at 06:26 PM
LOOK YOU GUYS STOP I MEAN IT YOU GUYS DONT WANT NOTHING AT ALL THIS TRAIN WILL MAKE IT BETTER FOR EVERYONE LESS CARS ON THE STREETS IN MAYBE LESS BUSES ON STREETS ALSO ITS TAKES ME 10 TO 15 MINS FROM UNION STATION TO SANTA MONICA BLVD TO HOP ON THE 4 OR THE 704 TO WEST HOLLYWOOD N PLUS IT WILL TAKE 30 TO 40 MINS TO GET TO UNION STATION FROM SANTA MONICA U GUYS NEED TO STOP
Simon June 11, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Councilman Brucker, you seem to have some semblance of perspective left, so please focus on real issues that you actually can affect--like rehabbing or redeveloping Olympic Blvd. (it looks saaaad).
John Mirisch June 12, 2012 at 01:15 AM
You didn't answer the question. You wrote in a letter to Metro that the Council's support of the subway is predicated upon Metro's not tunneling under the HIgh School. Now that Metro has decided to tunnel under BHHS do you still support the subway? It's a very simple "yes" or "no" question.
John Mirisch June 12, 2012 at 01:26 AM
There's quite a bit we can impact, including revitalizing the Southeast part of town, including Olympic Blvd. I have been pushing to take action in the Southeast part of town for over three years, and last year the Council finally made this an "A-list" priority. Over the past half year, I've chaired the City Southeast Task Force. We focused on creating walkable, bike-friendly neighborhoods with character and a sense of place. Our recommendations are scheduled to be presented to the full Council in July.
lisa korbatov June 12, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Simon, You may approve of Council member Brucker's "perspective" but the courts will decide this outcome . So please stop focusing on oh so saaaad Olympic blvd, any street in BH has fewer potholes than LA. So why not post comments aimed at those who don't take care of their city streets as well as BH does, I am sure Antonio V and Zev would appreciate your comments.
Simon June 12, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Lisa, this isn't a contest between Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. Grow up. And I'm not talking potholes, Olympic is a blighted mess. The street is more than the actual part that cars travel on, correct? If you're going to take time out of actually doing your job at BHUSD, why don't you at least post something of relevance, like Mr. Mirisch did?
Tom Pease June 12, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Simon, if you want to add ideas as to how to revitalize the Southeast portion of Olympic in Beverly I'm sure Mr. Mirisch and the rest of the council would be happy to hear from you. I know I would.
LAofAnaheim June 12, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Classy, Lisa. At least Antonio V. has gotten on board with building bike lanes in Los Angeles and hosting car-free cicLAvias. Where's a single bike lane in the city of Beverly Hills? It's a huge gap on SM blvd between Century City and West Hollywood. If you want to make this LA v. BH, over the last decade, Los Angeles has been focusing on moving itself into a multi-modal city with bike lanes and rail transit expansion. Neither of which have happened in the city of Beverly Hills.

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