If you want to know why the current paid consultants want to rename Burbank after Los Angeles, here’s a detailed record about the direct source of the problem:
When Michael Hastings Called the Hope Family
But they wanted to know. Was it official? Was Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport now known as Bob Hope Airport?
“They didn’t care what hour, they wanted to know,” said Hastings, the former Burbank mayor who represents the Hope family.
Pasadena, the third member of the airport’s joint powers authority, voted on Monday night to rename it, making the change official. Officials expect to hold a ceremony introducing Bob Hope Airport on Dec. 17, the centennial of flight. Glendale and Burbank have already approved the change.
“They were first very quiet, which was kind of sweet,” Hastings said. “There was silence, then there was a very, almost monitored tone of, ‘Thank you very much. This is something that Dad would have been so pleased to have.’ “
From a technical standpoint, the name change became official as soon as Pasadena’s City Council made its vote, but don’t expect to hear pilots say, “Welcome to Bob Hope Airport,” for at least a few more weeks. Airport officials and the Hope family are planning a ceremony for Dec. 17, when a new sign at the airport will be unveiled.
“I hesitate to get into too much detail, because it’s a project still in planning,” airport spokesman Victor Gill said. “It would basically be an announcement to local officials marking the change.
“The act has been done. The motion, the ratification, kicks in immediately. But for practical purposes, we’re still awaiting a formal occasion.”
Hastings did this all for pay, by the way. That’s his job.
The whole piece is smarmingly hilarious, but this part is especially so:
Changing all of the signage and stationery will be a much more time-consuming process, and officials said they have not even set a schedule for that. Officials project a cost of $250,000 to make the changes, but the Hope family has pledged to hold a fund-raiser to help offset that cost. Private companies have already donated more than $15,000 for the project, and the Hope family has not even begun asking for contributions.
How much Hope real estate did they inherit? And they’re holding a fundraiser? Why not comp the costs on their own?
“Once we get over this first event, then we’ll be sitting down and discussing the second event, which we will call the public tribute to Mr. Hope,” Hastings said. “As the Hope family has said all along, no municipal funds will come out of this, and as each funding issue comes along, it will be submitted to the Hope family for review.”
The Hope family for review? They’re the policymakers?
Fuck ’em. They should have quietly donated the money and left it at that.