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Metro Board Hearing Set; Beverly Hills Hires Attorney

The Gilchrist & Rutter law firm will represent Beverly Hills at a May 17 Metro board hearing as the city attempts to stop the Westside Subway Extension from going under BHHS.

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors has set the public hearing requested by Beverly Hills regarding the Westside Subway Extension for 1:30 p.m. May 17.

Beverly Hills has hired attorney Robert McMurry of Gilchrist & Rutter to represent the city in its objection to Metro's plan to tunnel under Beverly Hills High School as part of the subway extension.

"The purpose of this hearing is to introduce evidence, including oral testimony, regarding the reasonableness of the Metro proposals," according to a Beverly Hills press release.

Metro's proposed plan would extend its Purple Line to stops in Beverly Hills, Century City, Westwood and the Veterans Administration Medical Center west of the 405 Freeway. The subway line currently starts at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles and ends at Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue.

The Metro board on April 26 certified the environmental documents for the extension and approved construction plans for the line up to La Cienega Boulevard. The board  on the route west of La Cienega until after the . 

The Beverly Hills City Council, Beverly Hills Unified School District and many residents are to dig a tunnel for the subway under BHHS to reach a station at Constellation Boulevard/Avenue of the Stars in Century City, citing  related to the  below the school. 

The public hearing will be held at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Boardroom at One Gateway Plaza in downtown Los Angeles.

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