There is widespread support for the Westside subway extension in Beverly Hills. Notwithstanding the tunneling issue, about 65% of the city's residents voted in favor of Measure R in 2008 as well as its extension on last November's ballot.
The opposition to tunneling beneath Beverly Hills High School is small but vocal; it has been augmented by misleading and inflammatory articles in the Beverly Hills Courier, whose publisher doesn't even live in or adjacent to Beverly Hills. In fact, the Courier has given fawning coverage to L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who has long opposed funding the subway.
As a result of these attacks, Zev Yaroslavsky, Beverly Hills' county supervisor and a supporter of the subway, attacked the Courier for its yellow journalism at a recent public meeting.