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To consolidate, disseminate, and gather information concerning the 710 expansion into our San Rafael neighborhood and into our surrounding neighborhoods. If you have an item that you would like posted on this blog, please e-mail the item to Peggy Drouet at pdrouet@earthlink.net

Monday, March 31, 2014

Urgent Message From Courier Publisher About Metro in Beverly Hills

Sent from the Beverly Hills Courier via email, March 31, 2014

The City Council Tuesday night again considers Metro's carte blanche permit to tear up Wilshire Boulevard, obstruct traffic on Wilshire, take away parking, shut-off access to businesses and block residents from their homes.

Attached is a link to the City's staff report. It mainly deals with inventorying parking meters. You will note that it has no mention of cost, timeline, deadlines, or enforcement.

This is a typical bureaucrat whitewash of a tough problem - how to rip up your main street and APPEAR like you have planned for the problems.

Most of the report consists of scans of individual comment cards submitted by those who attended two meetings about the permit. A Courier reporter with extensive experience attending Metro meetings and living through Metro construction attended all these meetings. ACCORDING TO ALL WHO ATTENDED, METRO AND CITY STAFF FAILED UTTERLY TO PROVIDE ANY CONCRETE ANSWERS. The consensus, "The meetings were a joke."

If you read the report, you will not be able to find one word about what happens to residents and City businesses. There is no provision whatsoever for handling blocked access for police, fire or paramedic. As for communications, the report contradicts itself. First it says that "there is redundancy" so no one will lose contact with phones and internet. In another place, it discusses what the utility companies must complete to "splice" various lines.

There is no enforcement mechanism in the staff report.

There is no penalty attached to Metro's failures.

There is no plan submitted by Metro - AT ALL!

Metro has no contractors selected yet.

There is no draft permit from the City attached.

There is no demand that Metro deposit money to take care of damages to property or other City assets.

Beverly Hills is entitled to know what will be done, when, how, by whom, and what happens if Metro fails.

NONE OF THESE SIMPLE QUESTIONS IS ANSWERED.

This should be a non-starter. Metro needs to take our City seriously and it does not. From reading this report, the City of Beverly Hills highly-paid bureaucrats do not either.

Beverly Hills NEVER allows a private builder to get away with such meager submissions. We don't know why our City bureaucrats deem it more important to join forces with their buddies at Metro than to protect our City.

This first permit will be the model for all to come - if our City Council accepts this phony, superficial report as the basis for future permits, they should be recalled.

City's Staff Report