Beverly Hills Needs a Skyway

Robin Rowe proposes aerial tramway to mitigate congestion and security issues of Rodeo subway stop

BEVERLY HILLS, CA ( 2020/2/28 – “A bunch of us including my two sisters want to be sure not to vote for any of these council members who approved this BS Metro that will bring nothing but riff-raff and more congestion,” says a Beverly Hills resident. “No one knows anything about what the candidates stand for. The mailers don’t say. What are the names of who we shouldn’t vote for?”

The Metro is a Los Angeles County project. Not up to the Beverly Hills City Council to vote for or against it. We can’t vote against the Metro. You can vote for the Beverly Hills City Council candidate who has a plan to mitigate the Metro issues you care about.

Taking a moment to review the history, there was a futile legal effort made to block the subway. The Beverly Hills Unified School District diverted $16 million dollars from construction funds intended to repair our crumbling schools. These lawsuits trying to block the subway never had a prospect of winning. To taxpayers, it’s more like $32 million wasted on lawsuits. We paid for the attorneys arguing on both sides, for Beverly Hills and the County. BHUSD is being sued to reveal the use of taxpayer funds for lobbying. (Brief and timeline.)

So what can we do?

What’s important is doing better city planning for the Metro.

A massive traffic jam at the Rodeo Drive subway stop is not inevitable. I’ve proposed building an overhead public skyway to relieve congestion, so that visitors arriving at the Rodeo subway stop can hop onto an aerial tram to reach other areas of Beverly Hills. Increase business for local shopping and dining. Reach the Beverly Hilton, South Santa Monica Drive, shops on Robertson and City Hall. Not feel dumped at Rodeo with nowhere to go.

The Skyway at the Great Wall in China

Having overhead public transportation in Beverly Hills will mean less cars, less traffic, less noise, less air pollution. And, be safer too.

For Metro security, everyone favors a police substation at Rodeo. Our chief of police pointed out to me that’s not feasible without significant parking at Rodeo for police vehicles. However, there’s no room for building a large parking structure there.

If we build the skyway to City Hall as I propose, where we have police parking, the need for police parking at Rodeo is reduced or eliminated. The Rodeo police substation becomes a realistic plan.

An important consideration in building a skyway is it can be done quickly, in time for the opening of the Rodeo Drive subway stop in 2025. There is no other plan that can meet that deadline.

I’m Robin Rowe, a candidate running for Beverly City Council. I don’t accept contributions from developers or from anyone. I don’t do paid political advertising. I don’t plaster everybody’s yards with “free” yard signs paid for by special interests. I’m #1 on the ballot in the March 3rd, 2020, election.

Feel free to write or call me with ideas you have for making a positive change in Beverly Hills.