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Metro Approves Plan to Tunnel Under Beverly Hills High School Despite NIMBY Objections
Beverly Hills' worst fears have been realized: Metro's board today approved a plan to dig a tunnel under Beverly Hills High School for the Purple Line that will bring a subway all the way to Century City and Westwood.
The plan has sent city and school officials in 90210 into a tizzy. The board had delayed approving the extension of the subway, while it listened to the city's concerns that pockets of methane gas could cause scary, blockbuster explosions that could hurt their children. Officials asked that the plan be delayed while their concerns were evaluated. (A video spoof mocked this stance for being narrow-minded.)
But a Metro report that came out this week urged the agency to go ahead with the project. It acknowledged that the project would be tunneling through a methane zone in Beverly Hills, but pointed out that the there is much more methane in downtown where it has been a non-issue.
Today's vote approved the next two phases of the extension that will bring the Purple Line to Century City and then to the Veterans' Administration on Wilshire, according to City News Service. The extensions were approved at 7-2 with Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich and Duarte Mayor John Fasana dissenting and calling for more study.
When will you get to ride it? Metro hopes to break ground next year and then open the segment to La Cienega in 2022, to Century City in 2026 and the VA hospital in 2036. Local officials are asking for federal money to speed up the process.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.