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