Hector Tobar's one-sided view of Beverly Hills and the subway is unfair. The Beverly Hills City Council unanimously endorsed the Westside extension; that is, until the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority switched from a Century City station on Santa Monica Boulevard to Constellation Avenue.
The Santa Monica station had been planned for years. Then Metro's switch of one block — catering to the wishes of Century City developers — shifted the route under a public high school, potentially jeopardizing the safety of 80-year-old buildings and more than 2,000 students and teachers.
Accidents and construction defects have been rampant with Metro, and Beverly Hills is supposed to trust its kids to Metro's supposed expertise?