The Metro Board’s Planning and Programming Committee is currently hearing an oral report on the Century City station alignment. Also see Metro’s The Source for their updates. UPDATE: several new documents are posted on Metro’s website here. Also, see our video from the event, and a copy of the slides. LA Streetsblog has a post reviewing the meeting.
Here’s what we’re hearing from the consultants speaking before the Metro Board committee:
- Future developments will be possible. Cooperation is required between BHUSD and Metro, but there are many precedents for this.
- This does not post new risks to students, faculty, and community.
- An “absolutely exhaustive" study has been completed to try to find the exact locations of where the faults come to the surface.
- The Constellation option is not impacted by the faults.
- "There is no zone along Santa Monica Blvd. where you could site a station".
- "On Santa Monica Blvd (Ave of Stars & Century Park East): "neither site is acceptable for the station"
- "Tunnels can be safely constructed under west Beverly Hills High School, Century City, and Westwood."
Update: Steve Hymon over at The Source has this image from today’s slide presentation:
Metro Board members are now asking questions and making comments.
- Supervisor/County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich is now speaking, criticising the process (members of the Board did not receive draft info or print copies). He is saying the BHUSD should have the chance to present before the Metro Board Committee, too. Metro CEO Art Leahy is explaining that no one was given early briefings; no one was given early info. The final documentation, once released, will probably be a foot thick. There is no action item today. There will be ample time to explore this further, and gain input from “outside organizations”.
- Board member Pam O’Connor sees things differently. This is a “tip of the iceberg” moment, and over coming weeks and months each Board member will have a lot of time to explore and get input.
- Zev Yaroslavsky is speaking now. Important to have the process be fair and even, and that’s how this is being done. No privileged board members getting info early. This is a decision that has to be based on science, not feelings. Very expensive, profound decision in terms of planning and financing. If we build a station in the wrong place, the consequences could be awful — the station could collapse or people could be killed.
- Discussion is now going on about how frequently earthquakes occur along these faults. It’s hard to know — could happen thousands of years in the future. Could happen tomorrow.
- Diane DuBois: “we don’t want to kill people.
- Richard Katz is now asking about ground deformations and new faults, and consultants are explaining findings.
- Zev Yaroslavsky asked about whether the new, more exact earthquake fault fidings will limit what construction the school district can do. The answer was that it is a separate process (that would take a while, if/once initiated) for fault data to be officially certified by the state.
That’s it for the presentation. Now to public comment. We’re probably going to end our live blog now. Thanks for following!