I miss a lot of things about SoCal, since I moved to MSY in 1987, my family being the obvious primary one.
Two things I don't miss: the NIMBY's (although we have a few here), and the bureaucrats. Those two are main reasons way things don't get accomplished in SoCal. I've said this in this forum many times: I participated on BUR's Part 150 Technical Advisory Committee for two years before I moved here, which involved studying the new terminal. The biggest headache were the NIMBY's.
Apparently, the FAA doesn't believe a new terminal will ever happen (which I happen to agree with), which is why they want their grant monies back. Of course, since BUR has already bought up some property, the FAA will never get all of it back.
Also, yes, ONT did get their new terminal completed, but it was over 10+ years late.
Finally, if you want to study the primary example of the NIMBY's, environmentalists, and politicians fighting each other over a project, look no further than the I-210 (Foothill Frewway) extension thru Laverne, Claremont, Upland, Cucamonga, etc. That thing was due back in the 70's, and I believe it opens this month.
Tom in NO (at MSY)
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina