If you really want to waste some time today, and if you haven’t done so already — but maybe want to vindicate Dr. Gordon’s claim that not everything about this proposed “replacement” terminal was fully discussed in public– just check out the assorted council resolutions attached to tomorrow’s Measure B vote. They’re on the city’s special webpage on the topic, and with all of the relevant Exhibits easily attached in one place.
Such convolution never leads anywhere good, and in this case, to what purpose? First they want an adjacent property terminal, then at the last minute we hear that maybe they’ll put it in a Southwest Quadrant one on their own property, and if so, they’ll use the adjacent property instead for ancillaries and general aviation, which doesn’t bode well for the neighbors if we start to compete with Van Nuys for more of the private traffic on this larger site.
And then there’s the proposed 14-gate terminal that for some reason has to be almost 50 percent larger than the 14-gate one we already have –wherever it’s going to be — and when we already have one. Oh, and then it won’t ever be expanded in the future because the law says that Burbank has the final say on any such change in plans, and that Burbank would never would change the current plans anyway unless we get a new city council that wants to, which we’re assured would never happen. Don’t forget too about the vaunted “supermajority”; or a possible future public Measure B vote if a discretionary matter ever arises over expansion or anything else, even though the agreement explicitly nixes such a privilege in the bud and the city attorney can’t define right now what that could ever be.
Enough. Small is always Beautiful. We don’t need a new airport terminal in Burbank, especially one that we’re assured will be the same basic size and capacity of the current facility (with shops and restaurants), and still retain the “beloved” boarding method of a George Burns and Gracie Allen movie. Like what’s the point then of all this bureaucratic complication and chancy experimentation over our local future?
We like the Airport the way it is. So do most people. The better idea then is to keep it around and fix it up.
This is an easy one, really: it’s “No” on Measure B. To vote otherwise is taking too much of a chance on nothing. Or at least nothing right now…