With city councils from Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena gearing up as
early as next week to approve renaming the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena
Airport after Bob Hope, certain agencies within the airport are
readying for no change at all.
Though the costs of changing the name are estimated to be close to
$250,000 in signage changes -- much of which the airport could foot
the bill for -- entities like the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport
police and fire departments and the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport
Authority, the facility’s controlling arm, will not change their
“I think the commissioners felt this is still a tri-city, local
agency, and wanted to maintain a name that retains that local
designation of the airport,” Authority Executive Director Dios
The airport facility could be renamed as early as Dec. 17, the
anniversary of the centennial of flight. The airport’s commissioners
unanimously approved an agreement with Hope’s family Nov. 3 to rename
the airport Bob Hope Airport. The three city councils are scheduled
to vote on the name change within the next two weeks.
Signs will go up at the airport with the new name, Caltrans street
signs will be changed, and the terminal’s sign will be changed.
Flight attendants might even announce it as Bob Hope Airport as
planes approach Burbank, Airport Authority Commissioner Charles
“The authority itself is the ‘Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport
Authority,’ ” Lombardo said. “But what we call ourselves is
inconsequential. The ‘Bob Hope Police and Fire departments?’ In
Orange County, they didn’t adopt John Wayne’s name for its
departments. You have to keep your identity. But the authority is
still going to be the authority.”
The authority was created in 1977 after Lockheed sold the airport.
The agency was set up by Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena. The name has
stuck since then, but there has been no legal reason to keep it,
Marrero said, adding that it was the local designations in the name
that have given it staying power.
Early estimates of the possible changeover put its cost at
$250,000, and Marrero expected much of that to be picked up by the
authority. Hope representatives have said they will come through with
private donors with funds and a gala fund-raiser next year.
“I think that is fine,” said Councilman Dave Golonski of the two
names. “The public will know it as Bob Hope Airport, and that is the
tribute that everyone is looking for.”
Lombardo seemed to agree.
“What you call the airport is not a major event, but naming it for
Bob Hope is a tribute you cannot minimize because he has done so much
for everyone in this country.”