L.A. School Opens 10 Years Late and Way Over Budget

A Los Angeles city high school project originally estimated at $87 million finally opened for class on Sept. 3, 10 years behind schedule and with a final price tag of $350 million. Over $110 million was spent on remediation after it was discovered an earthquake fault crossed the site and that toxic gas was rising from an old oil field over which the school was being built. The school, originally known as the Belmont Learning Center, was renamed the Edward R. Roybal Learning Center, but it will be remembered as one of the biggest construction-cost disasters of the past decade.