In this case it’s called “lying by omission.”
Under the master Agreement that they secretly negotiated with the Airport Authority last year (and “secret” it basically was), the Burbank City Council surrendered all of its discretionary power over this replacement terminal in return for the special terms of the Agreement itself — which goes out of its way to state that there will be no more Burbank discretionary power over the future of the new terminal.
Much confusion arose about the whether the original Measure B, a ballot measure passed in 2000 that required voter approval for any relocated or expanded terminal at Hollywood Burbank Airport, would still be in effect if the 2016 ballot measure is approved.
Albano said that the 2000 Measure B would only be triggered if the project requires “further discretionary approval from the City Council.” Furthermore, she said that if the 2016 ballot measure passes, then a supermajority voting system will be put into place on the airport authority board when addressing major issues, including additional gates, expansion of the terminal and entering into long-term agreements.
Under a supermajority, two members from each member city would need to approve major changes instead of the simple majority that is in place now.
If this pretender “Measure B” wins in November, the City of Burbank will have no future discretionary power of any kind over this airport project. It will all be in the hands of the members of the Authority and their staff.
That means everything. Even CUPs and AUPs will be exempt from any kind of city oversight (which means that they essentially will not be needed for this new project). Burbank won’t even be allowed to provide the building inspectors! That task (apparently) will go to either Glendale or Pasadena.
So don’t be fooled. If Measure B wins next month it will have been Burbank’s only possible shot at oversight. The power will now go to the Airport Authority and its hallowed “supermajority.” There’s no such thing as Albano’s “further discretionary approval from the City Council…” And thus no more Measure B’s for the public to vote on.
Actually — to be precise — only gate and terminal expansion will be governed by this so-called new supermajority rule (what “long-term agreements”?) Everything else will be 50+ percent. That means lots of new things are possible in their “replacement” airport terminal, and which you the Burbank residents and council members will have no power over.