And which for the last 20 years they have refused to either modify, repudiate, or rescind.
If Measure B “wins” for them in November, all it would take is for two Burbank airport commissioners to agree to an expansion plan that has already been in the works for the last 20 years. What this means is that their so-called 14-gate “replacement terminal” could easily be a Trojan Horse in benefit to the big-growth interests now or in the future.
Don’t laugh — it’s not like Burbank real estate isn’t being coveted by outsiders. Just look at what developers want to do Downtown, and with the enthusiastic help of our revolving-door staff members.
So it raises serious questions why the Airport Authority hasn’t asked to rescind their original 1996 “Record of Decision” for a 27-gate terminal. It’s still on the books with the FAA and ready to go.
Why is that?
Here’s something that’ll give Rogers a giggle. It’s an old video that Phil and Carolyn Berlin made about this valid but little discussed issue:
They’re right of course, still, and Rogers is a longtime airport expansionist who — though not as bad as some — is quite naive (or just arrogantly dismissive and pigheaded) about what could easily happen if and when that old booster crowd rides back into town.
A vote for this plan in November will mean a 27-gate airport terminal in the end. No doubt about it, and most likely sooner than later.
(You know, if we had a smart city attorney and a conscientious council-majority, they would have demanded that the Authority rescind this old ROD in return for Burbank sending that big Agreement to the voters. It could have been replaced with something much more conservative and limited in scope.
But they’re not any of those things. Or, they want a big airport.)