A Burbank representative to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport
Authority was elected president Monday, despite garnering no support
from Glendale commissioners.
Burbank Commissioner Charles Lombardo was elected president by a
6-3 vote. Outgoing President Chris Holden of Pasadena and Burbank
Commissioner Bill Wiggins were nominated for president, but both
The nine-member commission governs the airport, which serves more
than four-million passengers annually and has a budget of about $50
Glendale Commissioners Gerald Briggs, Carl Meseck and Carl
Povilaitis voted against Lombardo’s appointment.
Attempts to reach all three Glendale commissioners for comment
Monday and Tuesday were unsuccessful.
Lombardo said the Glendale commissioners were entitled to their
votes, and he doesn’t expect their opposition to his election to in
any way hinder the progress of the commission.
“The position of president is largely ceremonial,” he said. “You
get a title, but no one vote is more influential than the next.”
Lombardo was appointed to the commission in 1998 and has served
two terms as vice president and one as secretary.
He said he was honored to have been elected president, and looks
forward to helping the commission continue to move its focus back to
operational issues put on hold following the 2001 terrorist attacks.
He will serve a one-year term.
The commissioners Monday also elected Holden as vice-president and
Povilaitis as secretary.