And may be still.
Last week the Valley Business Journal published this wildly enthusiastic outside opinion piece about why we need a new airport terminal in Burbank…
Thumbs Up for New Burbank Terminal
Voters will decide whether to update the airfield’s facilities to comply with security and technological advances.
By Allen W. Berentes
Monday, September 19, 2016
The Hollywood Burbank Airport’s proposed replacement terminal’s fate is in the hands of the city’s estimated 64,000 registered voters. The time has come to make way for a replacement terminal that can deliver needed safety and seismic upgrades, more modern traveler amenities and yet still retain its heritage of convenience and accessibility. With no taxpayer money required to fund the project, long-term sustained economic returns and Burbank’s control over critical decisions, Measure B should be green lighted by voters in November.
A hometown favorite, the airport’s original 1930 terminal is outdated and feels small and overcrowded. It lacks required Federal Aviation Administration safety upgrades and is vulnerable to earthquake damage when the big one hits. After 86 years, the terminal deserves to be brought up to the latest standards for 21st century travelers, while continuing to deliver its traditional convenience for travelers.
Generically thrilled about it all like an interested outsider might be if they’re into big new airports, he then establishes his street cred…
As airport design architects, we understand that every airport renovation project has unique design challenges that must be considered, including differing opinions by those who want change, and by those who don’t. By engaging in a coordinated, collaborative effort, it’s possible to find common ground and move the project forward because the replacement terminal is not an all-or-nothing proposition. It will be the right balance between preservation and modernization for the benefit of the community and airport users.
It goes on of course with all the good news about why a new airport terminal in Burbank is a win-win for everybody and everything, until we come to his biographical blurb:
Suspecting that both he and his firm might have more than just an academic interest in the subject, we quickly found this from 20 years ago:
So when was their last commission from the Authority? Twenty years ago?
And if they’re indeed working on the B-6 project right now, why didn’t he tell us of this obvious financial interest in a successful (for them) voter outcome?