Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018 – 11:52 AM
In a press release Wednesday evening, the City of Beverly Hills responded to a letter from Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Superintendent Dr. Michael Bregy, in which he outlined their ongoing concerns over the planned Metro Purple Line Extension beneath the bungalows at Beverly Hills High School.
In his letter Bregy wrote, “I am pleased to know that the City of Beverly Hills continues to support our school District. On May 9, 2018, the City of Beverly Hills find a complaint in federal court against the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“Metro”) and the Federal Transit Administration (“FTA”) contending that their latest environmental analysis of the proposed subway line under Beverly Hills High School is ‘nothing more than a rubber stamp meant to support Metro’s preferred plan.'”
The statement from Mayor Julian Gold and Communications Director Therese Kosterman of the City of Beverly Hills reads:
The City of Beverly Hills disagrees strongly with a statement issued by the Beverly Hills Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Bregy, which implies that the City and the school district are closely aligned in their position and legal actions against the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (Metro) Purple Line Extension project.
In fact, the City has been discussing a settlement with Metro and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to resolve a number of legal disputes over the construction of the Purple Line. The City’s recent legal action against the FTA, which was referenced in the district’s statement, was undertaken in order to meet a deadline that passed before a settlement could be reached.
“The District’s statement was misleading, does not represent the City’s position on the subway and was released without our knowledge,” said Mayor Julian Gold. “At this time, the City feels that a mutually agreed upon settlement is in the best interests of the community. The City will continue to work closely with Metro to mitigate any impacts from construction to the high school, as we have for the areas near the La Cienega and Rodeo Drive stations.”