By Laura Coleman, May 29, 2014
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
“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
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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