BHUSD Seeks Court Order for MTA Documents

The school district says the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is dragging its heels in releasing requested subway information.

The Beverly Hills Unified School District filed a petition Monday seeking a court order compelling the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to release technical information on tunneling and station locations related to the

In a petition filed with Los Angeles County Superior Court, the BHUSD alleges that MTA officials have violated the California Public Records Act by improperly withholding public documents requested by the BHUSD over a period of several months. As Patch has reported, the BHUSD to possibly tunnel under Beverly Hills High in order to place a Century City subway stop on Constellation Boulevard.

“[The] MTA has not been forthcoming with a full production of documents or copies of the ongoing studies which MTA promised it would produce in response to BHUSD requests,” the 36-page petition says in part.

Metro is considering several locations for the Century City stop, and the MTA board is scheduled to make a final decision by August. The BHUSD and most city officials favor a subway route that would go underneath Santa Monica Boulevard to a stop at Avenue of the Stars in Century City, while an alternate Metro proposal would tunnel under BHHS to arrive at Constellation Boulevard.

“We tried to work with the MTA, but they chose to ignore or reject our numerous requests for information,” Board of Education President Lisa Korbatov said in a statement posted on centurycitysubway.org, a website organized by the BHUSD.

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Brian David Goldberg, PhD May 10, 2011 at 05:14 PM
It is so comforting to know that people do not let facts get in the way of arguing for their position. The real costs are the lost opportunities for our students that the district will have to use to brace and tunnels under our only high school. Estimates are around 30% more in costs if we can get State approval to make the improvements we planned. In addition the additional costs MTA has identified for building a station at Constellation and the fact MTAs own reports show ridership lower on Constellation. Again, let's not let the facts get in the way it is just easier to name call and throw mud.
Joe L May 10, 2011 at 06:54 PM
"Facts" without substantiation or sources are useless, Dr. Goldberg. And repeating such "facts" in multiple posts does not make them any more valid. The BHUSD and other "concerned citizens" have been dealing in speculative hyperbole from day one. Any good engineer designs her/his project to minimize the risk of damage to people and structures above, in case of disaster or attack. And yet subway opponents in Beverly Hills have repeated their fears of earthquake cave-ins and tunnel-based terrorist attacks on the students at the surface, even though these things have never happened in history, and are not likely to happen, due to the depth of the tunnels and the massive volume of interceding dirt. But I guess facts and science are only convenient when they support your position, Dr. Goldberg?
John Mirisch May 12, 2011 at 06:52 AM
A Westwood station in the middle of Westwood Village, closer to UCLA, makes a lot more sense where more people can walk to it and therefore use it. Perhaps you would consider expending your energies discussing an issue that actually would make more sense to commuters -- namely the thousands who want to go to UCLA each day. By the way, Pico -- bordering on Rancho Park and a golf course -- is not the southern end of the main portion of Century City; that'd be Olympic. Manhattan is a singularly bad comparison, but even there, if new subway lines are being built, they should be build along the least intrusive, most cost-effective routes.
John Mirisch May 12, 2011 at 07:00 AM
Not sure what Joe's sentence "'Facts' without substantiation or sources are useless" refers to. In fact, this article seems to be about the BHUSD's attempts to get documents from Metro in order to be able to engage in a factual discussion. It seems to me this discussion has progressed beyond talk about earthquake scenarios and is about cost, value-for-money, ridership, local control and other issues. Hopefully, in what would be a twist of irony, we won't be faced with fear-mongering to try to discredit the more sensible Santa Monica alignment on the basis of supposed fault lines and potential earthquake damage.
Terrance Trent D'Arby May 12, 2011 at 06:43 PM
Maybe the BHUSD should just tell the truth. This will effect their grand plan of having underground parking, which would mean the School District will have to spend more money. Something they could not do, due to the fact their facilities department is a boondoggle as is.


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