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Beverly Hills schools hires subway lawyer

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The Board of Education in Beverly Hills, Calif., says it won't rule out a lawsuit over the plan to dig a new subway line under the city's high school.

The Beverly Hills Unified School District recently retained a lawyer to go over the environmental review of the proposed line that would serve the West Los Angeles area.

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"We want to work with the experts and do everything we can," said Lisa Korbatov, the school board's vice president. "But if it comes down to a lawsuit, we won't shy away from it."

The proposed 9 1/2-mile extension would run underneath homes in the upscale city as well as the venerable Beverly Hills High School. It would link the existing Metro line with Westwood and include a stop in Century City that would serve Beverly Hills.

The Los Angeles Times said Saturday the Century City stop was recently moved a block from the Santa Monica Boulevard route that Beverly Hills leaders and homeowners preferred. "They changed it on us. A lot of people in Beverly Hills feel they were duped," said Ken Goldman, president of the South West Beverly Hills Homeowners Association.

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