I had to laugh when I saw the letter from Susan Brown giving her lame defense of the fairness of her so-called "Light Rail Forum." Here's my view of her highly orchestrated non-event:
The "forum" was promoted only in the neighborhoods along the Exposition right of way. Brightly colored posters lined the streets within a block or so of the rail line. I also received a definitely one-sided sheet announcing the event from her group, the Cheviot Hills Homeowners Assn. The notice presented none of the alternative information available from other groups.
Especially ludicrous was her defense of the gathering as representing alternative viewpoints. Yes, Neil Peterson, the executive director of the county Transportation Commission was there. But he was asked to speak first. Then the other five primary participants took turns lambasting him, his presentation, the city of Santa Monica, and light rail.
This spectacle was followed by a videotape that made up in inflammatory distortion what it lacked in technical competence. At this point you could have taken the audience and goose-stepped it down to kick the tracks.