A Superior Court Judge has ruled that Metro did not violate the California Public Records Act, as alleged by the Beverly Hills Unified School District.
The District had filed a petition asking the court to force Metro to release documents and alleging that the agency was withholding information being gathered as part of the ongoing environmental analysis for the Westside Subway Extension.
Excerpt from the ruling:
“A review of the verified Petition, however, fails to identify which items on Petitioner’s series of requests remain outstanding. Therefore, it is virtually impossible for Metro to counter the allegations. And, even worse, it makes it impossible for the Court to determine whether Petitioner’s claims of non-production are, in fact, correct.”
The School District is trying to stop a potential route for the subway that would involve tunneling deep under the Beverly Hills High School campus. Metro is currently working on finishing the project’s Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report and the agency has said it hoping to release that document later this year.
Metro also wants to release the geotechnical reports about this issue prior to releasing the Final EIS/EIR. But those reports must first be completed and the information completely analyzed.