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City of Beverly Hills files separate lawsuit against Metro

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The city of Beverly Hills filed a CEQA challenge against Metro in a separate lawsuit from the one filed this week by the Beverly Hills Unified School District to block the route of the Westside subway extension from traveling under Beverly Hills High School.

The lawsuit, regarding the findings of the Environmental Impact Statement/Report for the proposed Westside subway extention, says the project's Final EIS/EIR is in violation the California Environmental Quality Act.

Notes Beverly Hills Patch, the city's lawsuit argues that Metro should not be permitted to advance with plans for the the extension, as approved last week:

At a public hearing requested by the city of Beverly Hills, attorneys hired by the city presented the Metro Board of Directors with three alternatives for reaching a station on Constellation Boulevard that did not require tunneling under BHHS. 

The contentious $5.6 billion brouhaha officially began boiling into lawsuit phase on Wednesday. School and city officials say tunneling through the oil field below Beverly Hills High School could be detrimental to future development and/or could set off a deadly fireball gas explosion. Metro maintains that the project is safe.

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