Below is an excerpt from an article which appeared in Huffington Post LA, which covered the difference of opinions from the top mayoral candidates, including Emanuel Pleitez, regarding Mayor Villaraigosa's subway plans.
"During a candidate debate last week held in Beverly Hills, the leading candidates were split over plans to have the $6.3 billion Westside subway extension route run under a high school in that affluent city.
During his tenure at Metro, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has pushed to greatly expand rail lines throughout the county. He has also used his position to push local and national initiatives for transportation funding.
The Westside Subway extension -- a line that would eventually run from Koreatown to Santa Monica -- is Villaraigosa's most ambitious project, but it has rankled Beverly Hills residents who fear construction could spark an explosion under Beverly Hills High School.
Candidate Emanuel Pleitez also spoke out against "grandiose rail and subway" projects."
The original LA Daily News article was written by staff writer Dakota Smith. To view the original article, published on January 6, 2013, visit www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/06/westside-subway-la-mayoral-candidates_n_2420480.html.