By Laura Coleman
The Beverly Hills Unified School District and the City of Beverly Hills today filed appeals of a trial court decision that allows the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to move forward with plans to force subway tunnels beneath Beverly Hills High School.
In April, the City and school district received a 15-page final ruling that up-held L.A. Superior Court Judge John A. Torribio’s tentative ruling from March to deny Beverly Hills’ lawsuits under the the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the Public Utilities Code (PUC).
“Unfortunately, Metro did not give the School District, the Beverly Hills community, or the public a fair opportunity to comment on the seismic information that purported to drive its ultimate decision,” said Doug Evertz, counsel for BHUSD. “We now know that much of the information relied upon by Metro was simply incorrect. Metro’s rush to approve the revised alignment before all studies were finalized has left the School District with no choice except to continue the legal challenge.”
The City and BHUSD maintain that the Metro Board and the public were deprived of information that was critical to making an informed decision about the tunneling location.
Today’s appeal will take the cases to the California Court of Appeal.
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