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Council Seeks Probe Into Mass Mailing

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The Pasadena City Council on Tuesday entered the debate over the Burbank airport’s expansion plans, voting to ask the state to investigate the legality of a mass mailing on the issue that the city of Burbank sent to Pasadena residents.

Accusing Burbank officials of “deceit,” the council voted to file a complaint with the state Fair Political Practices Commission and request an investigation by the attorney general into the mailer about the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport.

“This is illegal use of public money,” said Pasadena Mayor Chris Holden.

Burbank, which is seeking to restrict airport growth, mailed more than 11,000 letters to Pasadena residents last month, in essence trying to undermine the Pasadena City Council’s support of the airport expansion.

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Burbank officials have denied any wrongdoing, saying that state law on mass mailers by cities is aimed solely at preventing incumbents from sending such mailings at public expense.

The airport is run by an independent authority made up of members from each of the three cities.

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