Escalating their fight against the second leg of the Expo Line---the light rail line that'll extend from Culver City to Santa Monica--a group of Westsiders filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court last week. The group, called Neighbors for Smart Rail (NFSR), and represented by well-known Pasadena-based lawyer Robert Silverstein, an attorney who has represented numerous homeowners in battles over development, challenges the Expo Board of Directors' certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the second leg of the Expo line. The homeowners are arguing that Expo officials didn't properly consider California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the statue that looks at the environmental impacts (be it traffic or air quality), when approving the project. As covered before on Curbed, CEQA issues are often used in legal battles over development. Meanwhile, Friends for Expo, a group that supports Phase 2, takes aim at the lawsuit on their own web site: "Opponent NFSR's lawsuit against the Phase 2 Final EIR, filed 3/5/10, seems broad-brush and unsubstantiated." You can download a copy of the filing by going to this link (PDF).
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