Fix Expo Increases Pressure In Advance of CPUC Ruling

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On Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission will take up the issue of whether or not the plans for Phase I of the Expo Line are safe for the students of the Foshay Learning Center and Dorsey High School.  A preliminary ruling in late October sided with those opposed to Expo’s current construction plan because it was dangerous to students at the two schools.

After the initial ruling, both those for and those against the Expo Line as it is currently designed increased their public relations efforts.  A South L.A. Newspaper, the Sentinel, conducted a Q and A with leaders on both sides of the Expo Debate back in October, does a good job of explaining the "pro" position on the line.  If you want to read a long point by point rebuttal of many of the arguments outlined in the article, Damien Goodmon has helpfully provided them at the Fix Expo blog.  Advance warning, this long post takes some time to read.

Check back on Thursday for the results of hearing and any news on the next steps in the battle.

Image: Citizen’s Campaign to Fix the Expo Line

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