When the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority was formed 25
years ago, Glendale commissioner Carl Meseck took a seat at the table
that he still occupies today.
“We always had a very positive attitude about making it a very
well-run and efficiently run airport,” Meseck said.
The Joint Powers Agreement was signed in June 1977, empowering the
Airport Authority to govern the facility. The Airport Authority,
which includes three commissioners from each of the three cities,
owns and operates the airport.
Meseck, a 42-year Glendale resident, has seen numerous
improvements during his tenure. Among them was Burbank becoming the
first airport in the country to move to all Stage 3 commercial jets,
the quietest available.
In addition, the airport was the first in Southern California to
move forward on a sound insulation program for homes and schools
affected by noise, Meseck said.
About 15 years ago, Meseck mentioned to his fellow commissioners
that his ideal airport parking experience would be to pull up in
front and have a valet take the car away.
“We became the first airport in the country with valet parking,”
Former Glendale commissioner Robert Garcin served on the board
until 1997, when the Glendale City Council declined to reappoint him.
“In the past, Meseck, [former Glendale commissioner Carl] Raggio
and Garcin were the ones who wanted unbridled expansion at the
airport -- they wanted 27 gates,” Burbank Mayor David Laurell said.
“I think Mr. Meseck understands that the only way resolution can come
about is if the concerns and demands of the citizens of Burbank are
Since his term runs for another two years, the former Glendale
mayor has goals for the airport -- most immediately, adding planned
security enhancements, then looking again at a new terminal with “a
curfew that will be acceptable to the residents,” Meseck said.
THE MESECK FILE
WHO: Carl Meseck, who has spent 25 years as Glendale Airport
FAMILY: Wife, Sandy, six children.
WORK: “I’m supposed to be retired,” Meseck said of his career as
YMCA director. He also owns a Christmas tree business.
ON THE AIRPORT’S HISTORICAL STATUS: “Up until 1945, the Burbank
Airport was the LAX of Southern California.”