Glendale City Councilman Ara Najarian is considering putting a motion before the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority in hopes that seven of his colleagues will vote to overturn a decision to replace him on a rail oversight board.
County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, the incoming chairman of the MTA board of directors, is moving to replace Najarian as a Metrolink director with county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, whose district comes nowhere close to having the rail infrastructure of the Burbank/Glendale corridor.
That has riled Najarian and other public transportation advocates, who say Antonovich’s decision smacks of politics.
Antonovich has said that he and Ridley-Thomas share the same vision for regional transportation in the county, which is why he selected him.
Najarian says the decision may be in retaliation for his support of placing a Measure R tax extension before voters and publicly opposing a tunnel connecting the Long Beach (710) and Foothill (210) freeways.