It is with profound sadness to report that Dan Turner, editorial writer for the Los Angeles Times, has died of pancreatic cancer at the tender age of 49. Turner is best remembered for the humoristic yet knowledgeable tone he brought to the wide gamut of subjects he wrote about, from gun control to wildlife, from civic issues to sports. He was especially helpful with The Transit Coalition in listening to our positions and considering them whenever he wrote an editorial piece concerning a transportation issue. Turner will be missed, and our condolences go out to his family.
Also, former Metro CEO Julian Burke has died at 85. Burke led the agency during a tumultuous time when Metro Rail construction faced intense scrutiny from both local and federal governments. Burke arrived in 1997, just a year after the Consent Decree fought for by the Bus Riders Union took effect, leading to gradual increases in bus service. Burke was frequently called “turnaround expert” for his experiences in fixing ailing companies before he took charge of Metro. His actions have helped lead Metro to what the agency is today: An improved stalwart of governmental confidence. His actions are greatly appreciated and will be remembered.