A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury has awarded the Beverly Hills Unified School District approximately $1 million in its eminent domain case against the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
According to the district’s board of education, the BHUSD was seeking approximately $52 million in the eminent domain case regarding Metro’s Purple Line Extension project tunneling under Beverly Hills High School and the BHUSD district offices.
“Today, we received the verdict regarding the final chapter of our MTA journey,” BHUSD Superintendent of School Michael Bregy said. “We are disappointed in the decision as we were optimistic that the jury would have seen the merits of our case and awarded a more favorable result. However, with this conclusion, there is now no pending litigation with MTA and we are moving forward.
“The good news is we will begin the new school year with a fresh start in so many areas. The BHUSD community deserves our full attention to be focused on teaching and learning. This summer, our leadership team and the board of education restructured our foundation for excellence. We are well positioned to welcome you back and hit the ground running. I am excited to continue working with you as we reimagine education together.”
BHUSD President Mary Wells also denounced the jury’s decision.
“We are very disappointed with the results,” she said. “Unfortunately, the results represent years of decision-making by the prior board majorities along with former attorneys and construction/bond manager. Thankfully, this chapter of our history is over and I am excited to move forward with greater transparency as well as better fiscal and legal management with our new team in place.”
Metro representatives did not respond to a request for comment by deadline.