Rancho Park News - Neighbors for Smart Rail Expo Line Lawsuit is Denied

Superior Court Judge Thomas McKnew issued a ruling yesterday to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Neighbors for Smart Rail, challenging aspects of the final envirnomental impact report for Phase 2 of the Expo Line, which travels from Culver City through Cheviot Hills and Rancho Park to Santa Monica. You can read the whole decision here by entering case number BS125233. 


Had the case gone forward it would likely have delayed or stalled construction of the rail line, which the Expo Authority plans to open in 2015.


Neigbhors for Smart Rail, a local non-profit supported in part by several area neighborhood groups including, the West of Westwood Homeowners Association, the Westwood Gardens Civic Association and the Cheviot Hills Homeowners Association says they always believed the case would be decided at the appelate level. 


"NFSR will be filing an appeal and is confident that the applellate court will review the plain facts of the case and find that the Expo enviornmental review was fatally flawed and must be corrected," they say in a statement posted on their website.


But as noted over at Streetsblog LA, unless a judge halts the project until completion of the appeal, construction will likely begin before the lawsuit is resolved. As I posted earlier, the construction process is well underway, with the the design-build firm selected and a contract expected to be awarded at the upcoming Expo Authority board meeting on March 18.

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Comment by Orli Belman on March 4, 2011 at 9:54pm
Thanks for the clarifications Overland Avenue. I didn't realize you had to pay for the summary but I did provide the case number in case anyone is interested in doing so.
Comment by Overland Avenue on March 1, 2011 at 7:50am

Just to Clarify -- The Court denied the writ.  It did not "dismiss" it.  Writs are either granted or denied.   Also, the link does not take one to the decision.  It is the LA Superior Court website that gives a case summary (detailing what's been filed, upcoming hearings, etc).  Yes, one could download the decision at this website if the person is registered and pays for it!

Comment by Rancho Park Online on February 25, 2011 at 5:49pm

The light rail should be opening any time in Leimert Park - I can't wait. Glad to hear that the light rail cleared another hurdle and chugs on to Rancho Park.

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