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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Beverly Hills City Council To Review All Metro Westside Subway Extension Permits


By Matt Lopez, August 7, 2013

 Mayor John Mirisch, Vice Mayor Lili Bosse and Councilmember Nancy Krasne made their opinions crystal clear Tuesday night when it comes to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s construction work in Beverly Hills.

The trio gave direction to ensure that no Metro permits will be granted for work in Beverly Hills city limits unless approved by the City Council.

“I don’t think Metro should get a free ride,” Krasne said. “Let’s extend the same courtesy to them that they’ve extended to us. When they want something, they can come in and ask for it.”

The item, brought up by discussion by Mirisch, was to review the City’s process for viewing and approving Metro permits. Mirisch wanted the council to be able to review every single permit request that comes from Metro for its work on the Westside Subway Extension.

The three-phase Purple Line extension includes stops in Beverly Hills at Wilshire/La Cienega Boulevard and Rodeo Drive. A third phase has been approved to tunnel under Beverly Hills High School for a station in Century City. The City and School District are currently suing to block funding for construction of those tunnels.

“Our goals are simply to protect the interests of our residents and businesses,” Mirisch said.
Mirisch’s request to review Metro permits found favor with Bosse and Krasne. Councilmembers Julian Gold and Willie Brien dissented, saying it would be too time consuming to review every single Metro permit that came before the council.

“I don’t believe it would be cumbersome,” Bosse said. “I don’t think it’s slowing anything down. All it’s doing is providing for information.”