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A faceoff between experts is on the horizon as 'Subway to the Sea' drama continues

Beverly Hills Schools

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Beverly Hills High School is seen in Beverly Hills, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009. Metro planned on building a subway stop on Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills, but due to the presence of active fault lines and recommendations of seismologists, the proposed stop has been moved to Constellation Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars.

At a sparsely attended Beverly Hills Unified school board meeting earlier this week, a team of engineering geologists presented the first part of their findings after months of digging, drilling and trenching for active faults under the district's only public high school.

Their conclusion? There are no active earthquake faults under the Beverly Hills High School associated with the West Beverly Hills Lineament.

The extensive study has cost the school district more than $2 million thus far for work by Leighton Consulting, Inc., the Irvine-based engineering consulting firm that embarked on the multi-month investigation to determine the accuracy of information released in an October Metro report on the Westside Subway Extension.

The Metro report by a team of experts found it would be unsafe to tunnel or build a metro station along Santa Monica Boulevard — as preferred by Beverly Hills — because of the active Santa Monica fault zone below. The team concluded that a site on Constellation Boulevard, which would tunnel under Beverly Hills High School, would be safer despite crossing the West Beverly Hills Lineament, identified in the report as the northern part of the deadly and active Newport-Inglewood fault.