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Burbank Calls for Airport Authority Reforms

The city of Burbank released its official response on Friday afternoon to a proposal from the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority for restarting plans to build a replacement terminal at the airfield. The 12-page document outlines major areas of agreement between the city and the joint-powers authority formed by Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena to run the airfield owned by all three cities. However, it also calls renegotiating the decision-making rules of the authority, which currently has three members appointed by each city and allows simple majority votes on matters before it. The city wants a “consensus” voting rule that would require major decisions related to the terminal and other important issues to require the assent of at least two representatives from each city. “That approach will ensure a more permanent harmonious relationship, will ensure that the authority can build the replacement terminal without city opposition and will ensure long term protection for Burbank,” the report said. It notes that it currently stands, “all three Burbank Commissioners could vote no, but the action would still pass.” The document responds to a Feb. 6 report by the airport authority setting forth conditions it wants the city to agree to, including capping the terminal at 14 gates, restricting its size to no larger than 355,000 square feet and requiring the airport to continue a voluntary curfew from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. The conditions had originally been presented to the city in November. In a special meeting on Sunday, the Council voted 5-0 to reject the terms as not in the best interest of the city residents, many of whom are fearful any new terminal would lead to more flights and noise. However, the city document indicates that Burbank does not have a problem with the key proposals, including the gate limitations and overall size of the airport, as well as the curfew. But the document – aside from calling for new decision-making rules – does spell out some other areas of disagreement. The authority would like to build a new terminal on 49 acres of property adjacent to the airport to replace the current one built in the 1930s. The San Fernando Valley’s only commercial airfield has seen a drop in passengers as airlines pull out flights and consolidate at larger airports. Any terminal plan would have to be approved by Burbank voters, who in 2000 passed Measure B, an initiative that requires public approval of expansion or relocation of the airport’s terminal.

Mark Madler
Mark Madler
Mark R. Madler covers aviation & aerospace, manufacturing, technology, automotive & transportation, media & entertainment and the Antelope Valley. He joined the company in February 2006. Madler previously worked as a reporter for the Burbank Leader. Before that, he was a reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago and several daily newspapers in the suburban Chicago area. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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