(Editor’s note: A full copy of the legal petition can be found here.)
It was only a matter of time.
Earlier today, the Beverly Hills Unified School District filed suit against Metro alleging a “rush-to-judgment by the Metro Board designed to hurry the decision through without awaiting full and complete information needed by the decision makers and the public to make informed environmental choices.” The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles State Superior Court under the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”), which requires that government agencies such as Metro consider environmental consequences before certifying or approving projects.
The School District opposes any subway plans that include tunneling and subway operation under Beverly Hills High School. After last week’s passage of the environmental documents for the subway, a lawsuit seemed inevitable. In fact, it took two work days and a couple of hours for the School District to act.
“This has been a biased and flawed process from the beginning. Metro decided long ago that it wanted to put the Century City station at Constellation and it has refused to review or consider any other options,” stated Brian Goldberg, president of the BHUSD Board of Education.
Goldberg is referring to the studies completed on behalf of the City of Beverly Hills and the Beverly Hills Unified School District that cast doubt on the official seismological and geological studies completed by a team of independent experts hired by Metro to complete the studies for the environmental review. For its part, Metro’s team used the studies completed on behalf of Beverly Hills governmental bodies to sharpen and improve their initial findings.
The Beverly Hills experts had over three hours to make a presentation in front of a bare majority of the Metro Board fifteen days ago. Their team punched holes in Metro’s experts claims and outlined other potential routes for the Subway that avoided the high school. Regardless of the reasons, the Metro Board passed the Subway environmental documents, including the portion under Beverly Hills High School, last week. Read more…