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1,000 Sign Petition Supporting Westside Subway

"We Do Our Part LA" wants Metro to build the Westside Subway Extension, regardless of whether it goes under Beverly Hills High School.

A coalition of business organizations, labor unions and community activists known as We Do Our Part LA has started a petition calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to move forward with its plans for the Westside Subway Extension.

The petition reads:

Hey MTA! Please approve the Westside Subway Extension! We support the subway because it will create a green alternative and much needed mass transit for the 300,000 people who travel to the Westside every day. And, it will create much needed jobs right here in L.A.

As of Sunday the petition has more than 1,000 signatures, according to Lisa Cohen of We Do Our Part LA.

"The MTA is in the process of holding hearings about the proposed Westside Subway Extension project, which the We Do Our Part coalition strongly supports," Cohen said. "This is exactly the kind of infrastructure project the coalition believes can put people back to work, get the economy going and benefit L.A. in the long run."

The Westside Subway Extension would expand the Purple Line, which goes from downtown L.A. to Wilshire Boulevard/Western Avenue, to a station at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Brentwood. The proposed route would bring subway stops to Beverly Hills, Century City and Westwood along the way.

Current plans for the subway call for  to reach Century City, a decision  by many Beverly Hills civic leaders and residents. There is also a for people who want to prevent Metro from routing the subway under BHHS.

We Do Our Part LA is holding a Westside Subway Extension Support Rally on the corner of Constellation Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars in Century City—the location of Metro's proposed Century City station—April 25 at noon in support of Metro's plans to build a stop there. Los Angeles Councilman Paul Koretz will be a featured speaker at the event.

Editor's Note: This article has been amended to state that the We Do Our Part rally is at noon on April 25. Apologies for any confusion.

centurycitysubway.org April 16, 2012 at 09:38 PM
LAofAnaheim - The studies commissioned by the City of Beverly Hills and Metro are all based on the same data which may be flawed. If the data is flawed, then the conclusions are also flawed. You may think that argument is lost, but it is not. We'll have to wait for the results of the trenching and other studies commissioned by the BHUSD. As for JMB not commenting on mesage boards, why would it need to when it already has WeDoOurPartLA, the Century Chamber of Commerce and others on the payroll. Finally, the BHUSD is not behind the signs, buttons and onlne petition. Those were all created by and paid for by the PTA and other concerned citizens; what you might call a grassroots campaign.
LAofAnaheim April 16, 2012 at 10:06 PM
So what about those subway tunnels under downtown LA high rises? Why are those okay but not a tunnel under BHHS? Did you know that kids frequent those buildings too...younger than high school kids as well? They have daycare centers in those high rises and LA residents keep those kids in danger. Oh wait........same as in NY, SF, Chicago, Tokyo, London, Paris, Rome, Auckland.....etc...ah but those kids are not as important as Beverly Hills apparently!
RTL April 16, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Grow up Beverly Hills! The subway is safe and necessary. There is comparatively little danger of subways collapsing with earthquakes. The most dangerous thing is panic. Even if there is a blackout, trains run on to the next station by inertia. Emergency lights will go on as well, so keep calm and follow the staff's instructions. Beverly Hills is looking foolish throughout this process.
Joe Mama April 17, 2012 at 12:23 AM
"We" the 99% want the Constellation Station! "We" don't believe Sitrick & Company, BHUSD, or the astro-turf centurycitysubway.org.
Chris Loos April 17, 2012 at 12:33 AM
"Devious and deceptive"? That's rich, coming from you guys. To all reading this who don't know, centurycitysubway.org is a website maintained by Sitrick & Co., a PR firm hired by BHUSD to spin this issue, to the the tune of $500k. You know what's devious and deceptive? Intentionally selecting a domain name for your BS website that confuses people and makes them think the site is affiliated with the Century City Chamber of Commerce, who by the way is FOR the Constellation Blvd station location, and is the same group that put forth the petition Marie referred to in the article.
Chris Loos April 17, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Speak for yourself, Georgie porgie.
Westside Commuter April 17, 2012 at 12:36 AM
CenturyCitySubway.org is the one being devious and deceptive... and may I add disingenuous. A quick perusal of the WeDoOurPartLA website reveals they are VERY transparent about their sponsors: http://wedoourpartla.com/?q=partners Now please CenturyCitySubway.org reveal who is paying you and how much? No answer? How about $500K in public money stolen from our children's future paid to the Sitcrick and Company.
HollywoodF1 April 17, 2012 at 02:09 AM
"If the data [are] flawed, then the conclusions [would] also [be] flawed." When your statement is worded correctly, it becomes clear that no one has a valid definitive conclusion upon which to base an opinion about safety. Can we please wait until the studies and their reviews are concluded before we render a judgement on safety?
Simon April 17, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Hey commenters, here's BH's argument in a nutshell, courtesy of George Vreeland Hill: "We do NOT want it." Pesky facts or the needs of hundreds of thousands of Angelenos be damned! Well, George, sometimes we don't get what we want, but get what we need.
centurycitysubway.org April 17, 2012 at 03:24 AM
LAofAnaheim - It has been pointed out to you on numerous occasions that the Field Act creates the distinction between the buildings you reference and public school buildings such as Beverly Hills High School. For some reason you keep forgetting or ignoring this fact. Please see references below: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_Act http://www.excellence.dgs.ca.gov/StudentSafety/S7_7-1.htm http://www.seismic.ca.gov/pub/Field%20Act%20Findings%20.pdf http://www.seismic.ca.gov/pub/CSSC_2007-03_Field_Act_Report.pdf
Kimberly Vinokur Reiss April 17, 2012 at 05:05 AM
The point is that there are alternatives that are not even being considered, obvious alternatives, like running it though the old Pacific Electric Railway easements that are still empty and ultimately would terminate in the same place. The problem is that that easement runs through the "nice" part of town....deduce from that what you will.
John Smart April 17, 2012 at 02:49 PM
BH is full of gross, entitled brats that normal So Cal residents can't. Beverly Hills should be grateful they are getting a subway stop at all. Bow down and give thanks BH residents. The MTA ought to skip you all together.
Minoter April 17, 2012 at 03:36 PM
BHUSD has hit a new low. Teachers are now sending the kids home with petitions for their parents to sign. Politics has replaced education.
Chris Loos April 17, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Hey Sitrict & Co./centurycitysubway.org...funny thing: When I google the Field Act, I don't see anything mentioned about subways. In fact, combining the search terms "Field Act" and "subway" just results in a bunch of links back to your repetitive comments on Beverly Hills Patch and Century City Patch. Funny, yet expected, since the Field Act has nothing to do with subways. It's a piece of legislation with a provision mandating that schools in seismic zones be built to certain standards, and another provision mandating that pre-Field act schools in seismic zones be retrofitted to those standards. There is no mention of subways in the Field Act, which makes sense when you think about it, since building 3' thick concrete tubes 70 feet underground makes the ground MORE stable and not less. You can fool these poor BHHS parents that you've worked up into a tizzy, but you can't fool the rest of us. Nice try though! You guys are earning your pay, I'll give you that.
Alexander Hollywood-Man April 17, 2012 at 06:28 PM
You call digging at the earthquake fault to be "safer"?? What part of "danger of building along the earthquake fault" don't you get? Extensive research has proven that digging along Santa Monica Blvd (the earthquake fault) is unsafe, and would present much higher danger than building under BHHS. But you, NIMBY's, don't seem to care about safety. The NIMBY'ism of BH residents (and BHUSD in particular) is just astonishing. For starters, why don't you guys do some research about subway systems around the world, and learn for yourselves that everywhere subways are built under all sorts of structures, including SCHOOLS, hotels, apartment complexes, etc., etc. Beverly Hills cannot seem to comprehend that subway tunnels/stations do not affect the ground-level activities, including schools, etc. BHUSD needs to be educated about lots of things (including benefits of mass transit) before they dare to educate others
Raptus Regaliter April 17, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Past Sitrick & Company crisis management clients have included Rush Limbaugh, Chris Brown and R. Kelly. Chairman and CEO, Michael S. Sitrick even penned a book called "Spin: How to Turn the Power of the Press to Your Advantage." The parents of students in this district need to be reminded that Beverly Hills Board of Education is pillaging money that was originally set aside for school construction to pay these slick spin doctors.
Jerell Ordonio April 17, 2012 at 07:56 PM
That's so selfish of Beverly Hills to oppose something that would benefit ALL residents of Los Angeles. I'm sorry but your so called "city" isn't that great... You're city isn't worth saving... I'd rather be in Hollywood, Santa Monica, Pasadena or Downtown LA which are much more thriving and have easy access to transit that EVERYBODY can use. You people are stuck in the 70's.
centurycitysubway.org April 17, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Chris Loos: It's pretty simple, really. Here is a very simple explanation that even you might be able to understand: Beverly Hills High School is more than 80 years old. It desperately needs to be modernized and expanded to meet the growing needs of the community. Beverly Hills residents approved a $350+ million bond measure to do just that. Those plans, which must meet the strict requirements of the Field Act and be approved by the DSA, could be impacted or even completely thwarted if there is a subway tunnel running beneath BHHS. Indeed, there are no subway tunnels running beneath school buildings in the state of California, so this would set a new precedent.
centurycitysubway.org April 17, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Jerell Ordonio: Beverly Hills isn't opposed to the subway. In fact members of the City Council and school board have publicly stated that they support the Westside Subway Extension. What they are opposed to is ONE proposed station location in Century City that would require tunneling under Beverly Hills High School. Please visit www.centurycitysubway.org for more information.
centurycitysubway.org April 17, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Anyone interested in a more detailed explanation of how the proposed subway tunnel will impact Beverly Hills High School can review the following: http://centurycitysubway.org/storage/BHUSDMasterPlanImplicationsCompressed.pdf
Beverly Hill April 17, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Follow the money is right... look at all of the politicians that Westfield has been throwing money at... Waxman included.
Beverly Hill April 17, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Is it too much to ask for an assessment of the impact the High school will experience from the project? Why are all of the people who don't use the High school so callous toward the people who care about it?
Beverly Hill April 17, 2012 at 09:22 PM
JMB and Westfield are very powerful, they can afford to pay people to do their social media for them, I would be very wary of any people on this thread who spend inordinate amount of time pushing talking points...
Beverly Hill April 17, 2012 at 09:36 PM
The thing that I would like to ask all of the proponents for the tunnel under the High School is this: Would it change your mind ANY if it were certain that the project would disrupt students at BHHS? or do you people have this image of BHHS being some posh little 1%er school that deserves to take a blow? It seems that there is a lot of passive aggressive energy by the proponents on this thread that has nothing to do with a subway.... Because the truth is that the majority of families using BHhS are working people who are dependent upon public education, many have flocked here and cram their families into apartments just so they can access a decent education for their kids... but somehow some people see that as being "selfish"...
Beverly Hill April 17, 2012 at 09:36 PM
The thing that I would like to ask all of the proponents for the tunnel under the High School is this: Would it change your mind ANY if it were certain that the project would disrupt students at BHHS? or do you people have this image of BHHS being some posh little 1%er school that deserves to take a blow? It seems that there is a lot of passive aggressive energy by the proponents on this thread that has nothing to do with a subway.... Because the truth is that the majority of families using BHhS are working people who are dependent upon public education, many have flocked here and cram their families into apartments just so they can access a decent education for their kids... but somehow some people see that as being "selfish"...
Beverly Hill April 17, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Trying to protect our High School is "politics" to you... I see. The High School is the center piece of our community, forgive us if we want to make sure that the impact wont be too great before this goes too far.
Beverly Hill April 17, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Ummmm... excuse me but the whole area is a big earthquake fault... perhaps you should leave the comments on structural safety to experts.
Beverly Hill April 17, 2012 at 09:42 PM
The thing that I would like to ask all of the proponents for the tunnel under the High School is this: Would it change your mind ANY if it were certain that the project would disrupt students at BHHS? or do you people have this image of BHHS being some posh little 1%er school that deserves to take a blow? It seems that there is a lot of passive aggressive energy by the proponents on this thread that has nothing to do with a subway.... Because the truth is that the majority of families using BHhS are working people who are dependent upon public education, many have flocked here and cram their families into apartments just so they can access a decent education for their kids... but somehow some people see that as being "selfish"...
Minoter April 17, 2012 at 09:52 PM
The BH Courier's latest release on line states that 800+ residents have signed a petition voicing opposition to tunneling under the high school. What it doesn't say is that each school kid was sent home by their teacher with a petition for their parents to sign. Pathetic!
dude April 18, 2012 at 06:42 PM
wait isn't BHHS trying to build underground parking how is that safer than a tunnel? its essentially a much larger empty space

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