Shriver, Kuehl Spar Over Westside Subway Route During Debate

Candidates Bobby Shriver and Sheila Kuehl sparred Sunday over Kuehl’s recent disclosure that she opposes tunneling under Beverly Hills High School to extend the Purple Line subway to Westwood and would be willing to talk with Beverly Hills officials about a so-called “third way.”

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Bobby Shriver, Pamela Conley-Ulich, John Duran and Sheila Kuehl are competing to replace Zev Yaroslavsky. (Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez/Los Angeles Times)

Last week, Kuehl said she was simply stating a preference and that, if elected to succeed Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, she would take no action to stop the subway route already approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board.

But in the debate Sunday between four of the eight candidates seeking Yaroslavsky’s seat, Shriver told Kuehl that her statements come at a sensitive time for the project as backers seek federal money to help pay the $6.3-billion cost.

Yaroslavsky and other Los Angeles County officials are headed to Washington this week to confirm the project’s financing, Shriver said. They plan to meet with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and federal transportation officials, he said.

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