Regarding the March 1 article on the meeting of local officials with
Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Marion Blakey, it looks
like the Burbank City Council has once again taken the wrong
direction regarding airport expansion. The information in the article
was clear that Blakey has zero interest in working with Burbank to
tie in a curfew with a new terminal. At this point, I don’t know what
part of “no” the council does not understand. But “no” is unlikely to
stop Councilman Dave Golonski in his incessant pursuit of foisting a
huge new terminal on Burbank residents.
Golonski talks neighborhood protections, but his actions speak
louder than his words. Consider these facts about him:
* He was the author of the failed “Framework for Settlement” of
1999, in which the airport would have been allowed to build a 19-gate
terminal that would have had more than four times as much usable
passenger space as the existing terminal.
* He led the sneak attack on Measure A on election evening before
the votes were even counted.
* Just as he has ignored the will of the electorate on Measure A
to limit airport growth, he is ignoring the lessons of the Plan
Evaluation Review Committee that clearly called for growth
restrictions. It is pathetic that the PERC members, all of whom were
appointed by the council, labored an entire summer and came up with
some innovative ideas only to have their recommendations given the
short shrift by the same council that appointed them.
The underlying problem in the airport expansion issue is Golonski
and the other council members who, with the occasional exception of
Stacey Murphy, follow him like sheep. Exactly what motivates Golonski
to allow the airport to build a huge new terminal, I don’t know. But
I do know this: he won’t give up until he accomplishes this.
Even though we do not have a mandatory curfew on nighttime
flights, we do at least have some protection from the number of
flights by maintaining the status quo of the old terminal. What can
be done to ensure that we at least maintain this protection?
The same clique that supports Golonski supports Jef Vander Borght
and Gary Bric. Having them on the council will give Golonski more
sheep he can count on to twist every issue into a mandate for airport
expansion. Can these two be beaten in the general election for
council? I think so. To me, Todd Campbell of the Clean Air Coalition
is more likely to remain independent than are the other candidates. I
hope Burbank voters will consider voting for him.