The monstrous murder of master PR agent Ronni Chasen has put Hollywood's hard-boiled honchos back to the business of watching their own backs, just as they did after the Manson clan's murders in 1969. Once again, everyone is paranoid.
Prone as we are in LA to earthquakes, fires, floods, civil unrest and terrorism, there are many risks associated with life in the big city. Tunneling under a small portion of Beverly Hills is not one of them.
While it is unfortunate that the Beverly Hills City Council has now come out against the Constellation station location, we should remember that this was once a community that opposed the very idea of a subway.
No self-respecting American of any political persuasion can look at China's success with high-speed rail and rail travel generally without crying over how far we are from what the Chinese have achieved.