Stu­dents protest plans for sub­way un­der their school

Lodi News-Sentinel - - PAGE TWO - By Laura J. Nel­son

LOS AN­GE­LES — Hun­dreds of Bev­erly Hills stu­dents, teach­ers and par­ents gath­ered in Will Rogers Memo­rial Park on Fri­day morn­ing to protest the route of the West­side sub­way, which is slated to run be­neath the city’s high school.

Stu­dents who re­ceived a signed per­mis­sion slip from their par­ents left the dis­trict’s five schools Fri­day morn­ing and ar­rived on more than a dozen school buses.

Some stu­dents as young as 6 clutched bag lunches and juice boxes. Oth­ers held signs that read, “Pres­i­dent Trump, you can fix it!” and “Move over, Metro.”

The 2.59-mile sub­way route is the sec­ond of three ex­ten­sions planned to con­nect the sub­way’s cur­rent ter­mi­nus in Kore­atown and West Los An­ge­les. The $2.53 bil­lion route has $1.5 bil­lion in fund­ing from fed­eral of­fi­cials and the re­main­der is funded through lo­cal sales taxes.

Stu­dents called on Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to or­der a change in the route or with­draw the project’s fed­eral fund­ing, say­ing tun­nel­ing be­neath the high school could spark a meth­ane ex­plo­sion at one of the dozens of oil wells on cam­pus.

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