While Glendale City Council members gave the green light to allow
a community representative to attend a meeting with federal officials
to discuss the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport, Burbank council
members voted against the proposal.
Representatives from the three city councils, state legislators
and members of the Airport Authority plan to fly to Washington, D.C.,
for a Feb. 26 meeting with Federal Aviation Administration
Administrator Marion Blakey to ask for guidance about development at
“We are not opposed to having community members go,” Glendale
Mayor Rafi Manoukian said of Tuesday’s decision.
However, the only citizens to ask to attend are from Burbank,
leading Manoukian to say the final decision rests in Burbank’s hands.
Burbank City Manager Bud Ovrom said while Glendale is free to
invite its residents, he doubts that city will invite Burbank
residents who were voted down by their own City Council.
The Burbank council plans to ask an FAA official to come to the
city as soon as possible to meet with the public.
Burbank officials have taken the lead on planning the Washington
meeting, which will focus on continuing discussions about replacing
the airport’s terminal, which does not meet federal guidelines for a
750-foot distance from terminal to runway.
The airport announced in November that it would stop pursing a new
terminal. The following month, the FAA said the terminal is safe and
any decision to replace it should be a local one. City officials
still want federal input on any prospective replacement terminal and
support for noise and passenger limits.
Howard Rothenbach, who coauthored Measure A -- a voter-approved
initiative to limit airport noise and expansion that was deemed
illegal in court -- asked the three City Councils to invite a
community representative to attend the meetings so a third party
would be privy to the talks.
Representatives scheduled to attend the meeting include Burbank
Vice Mayor Stacey Murphy, Burbank City Councilman Dave Golonski, Rep.
Adam Schiff, Rep. Brad Sherman, Airport Authority President Chris
Holden, Burbank Airport Authority Commissioner Charlie Lombardo, and
two representatives each from Glendale and Pasadena.