I’m starting a new job next week and my free time will dramatically be reduced. I am hoping to find some contributors to the blog, so if you or some you know would like to weigh in on Burbank’s most pressing issues – use the contact form to send me an email. Thanks for paying attention to your city. This blog isn’t closing down but will be on hiatus until I can budget my time a little better. Thanks!
If you’d like to learn more about how we can decrease air pollution or if you have ideas on what Burbank can do to address our air quality please attend this meeting Friday morning at BWP. (RSVP REQUIRED to firstname.lastname@example.org.) The city could receive millions of dollars in funding if we demonstrate a strong commitment to projects that improve our air quality. See the flyer linked below and the MSRC website.
Here’s a map to BWP.
Burbank resident and Candidate for California’s 43rd Assembly District explains his proposal to augment funds for every California school in an interview with Burbank Viewpoints. You can find his campaign website here.
Please try to attend this workshop put on by the Airport Authority. This is a good time to see what is being proposed and voice your opinion, for or against.
Wednesday June 1st 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Buena Vista Library
AND… unfortunately the following meeting should be tough for most working people to attend. Very crafty of the Airport Authority to schedule the one meeting that people can address them directly at 9 a.m, on a weekday. I’ll be there.
Monday June 6th 9:00 am
at the Sky Room at
Bob Hope Airport The Hollywood Burbank Airport
Thanks to ryanlerch for the clip art.
While Glendale establishment politicians Ardy Kassakhian and Laura Friedman duke it out with increasingly negative campaigns did you know there is a Burbanker running for assembly? This is not an endorsement but I am taking a long look at Dennis Bullock. Would love to hear more. You can find his campaign page here.
UPDATED for typos and further clarity on May 25th.
The most important thing to remember about the proposed replacement terminal is that it is going to happen whether you want it or not. Period. Burbankers who have railed against the airport for years must resign themselves to this new normal. And there will be an increase of the number of flights after the FAA implements NextGen over the next few decades whether a new terminal is built or not. Measure B is a yes or no vote for a new terminal. But the Authority is threatening to go ahead with option 3 below if Measure B is defeated. The authority wants as many voters as possible to weigh in on this and sees the expected high turnout on November 8th as a plus. If the airport makes good on their word, you’re not really going to vote on whether there will be a replacement terminal but WHICH replacement terminal. So let’s take a look at the 4 different proposals and why they exist.
- The Adjacent Terminal – This is the Airport Authority’s preferred choice. This will move the airport farther north and the entrance will be at Hollywood Way and Winona. Currently the entrance is at Hollywood Way and Thornton. As proposed the terminal will only have 14 gates but a much larger footprint overall. There will be more shops and restaurants and many of the transportation options seem well thought out. It will be a much “greener” facility and meet current seismic standards which the current terminal does not. Passengers will still embark and disembark from the tarmac. There are many, many other details to review. The main point the Authority reps kept hammering is that the current terminal is too close to the runway and is not up to current FAA guidelines.
- The SWQ Alternative – This “backup” option would be chosen if there is some unforeseen issue with the adjacent terminal site. So if construction begins and toxic waste, a native american burial ground or nuclear material is discovered on-site, then construction could move to the Southwest quadrant of the property. This is a bit west of Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park and entrances would remain on Empire Ave and Thornton Ave as they are now.
- The SWQ Same-Size Alternative Terminal – This one’s important to pay attention to. If voters do not approve Measure B in November this is the terminal that could very well go through. Once the Measure B vote occurs, all bets seem to be off and the Authority can go ahead and build this version of the terminal, expand the number of gates, buy land, end the voluntary curfew etc. It’s roughly the same size as the existing terminal but as above, would be located a bit west of Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park and entrances would remain on Empire Ave and Thornton Ave as they are now.
- The Do Nothing Option – Not sure if the authority even wants to talk about this as a possible outcome. I would assume this would mean more lawyers and a renewed drain on the cities’ resources as the legal battles between the Authority and the City would get a reset.
Semichorus thinks I’ve been hoodwinked. I’d be relieved if he’s right. I replied to the post there so take a look.
As always: What’s your viewpoint? Please comment and share this with your fellow Burbankers.
I attended the first of 3 Airport Authority community meetings last night but the format was not what was expected. Instead of a presentation and a Q & A afterward it was all Q & A with specialized video workstations and Authority reps available to answer specific questions from attendees. There were also areas where the public could weigh in in writing or they could speak directly to a stenographer. Pretty slick presentation and I will say many of my questions were answered competently and professionally. We’ll report more specifics in the coming weeks but the big take away is that there will absolutely be a new terminal built. There’s nothing any citizen of Burbank can do about it. You should get used to the idea. More to come.