No doubt Mike Antonovich has done good things for northeast Los Angeles County during his career as supervisor of the 5th district. However, his latest move as the new chairman of the MTA Board of Directors has left many in his district, and around the county, wondering if he really has their best interests at heart.
Within one week of taking command of the MTA Board of Directors, Antonovich summarily dismissed MTA board member and Glendale City Councilman Ara J. Najarian from his long-held position on the Metrolink Board of Directors. This in spite of the fact that Najarian has labored tirelessly on advancing service on the only Los Angeles County Metrolink line, the Antelope Valley line. This shake-up at Metrolink comes at a critical time, as Metrolink is currently without a CEO after the recent resignation of former CEO John Fenton. Najarian’s replacement on the Metrolink Board is Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Oddly enough, the supervisor was appointed even though there are no Metrolink lines in his supervisorial district, and he has no commuter rail experience.