Why did County Supervisor Michael Antonovich vote to kill a proposed extension of the Red Line down Wilshire to Santa Monica?
Let's study the clues and try to discern the ends to his Machiavellian means:
1) First, he votes against the extremely preliminary step of studying
the Red Line extension, denouncing subways as benefitting "a handful of vested interests
2) Next, under the guise of getting tough with the MTA, he demands an up or down vote
on the Gold Line's San Gabriel Valley extension
. He does this with the knowledge that the MTA will never place the SGV project at the top of it's priorities list.
3) His unreasonable demands kill the Gold Line extension for another generation, as other MTA projects are approved and pipelined in it's stead.
One can only assume that Mr. Antonovich, a seasoned politician
, knows what he's about. Granted, he may just be another crazy right-winger, but I don't think so. He's simply a big-guvmint hatin' Republican who wants to kill two big-ticket transit projects with one stone.
Which raises the question: What's a transit obstructionist doing on the MTA board in the first place?