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Don't get suckered by Framework for Settlement

January 26, 2000

is the success which congressmen Berman, Sherman and Waxman may have in

forcing some of the flights to the east. Their goal is 40% eastbound

departures. Given their political muscle, I think they are likely to


To tout the framework, Murphy and Golonski devised an "educational"

brochure on the topic. It is a masterpiece of misinformation in which all

of the tough negotiations regarding curfews and caps on flights are


dumped on future city councils. One of the basic tenets noted in the

brochure is that the agreement "must provide certainty to residents and

businesses in Burbank." Of course, no certainties are actually included

in the framework.

One of the supposed benefits of the framework is that the terminal

would be closed from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. In essence, this would be a form

of a curfew. It sounds like a good idea, but the Air Transport

Association has already threatened a lawsuit challenging it. Since a

nighttime closure of the terminal is essentially a curfew, a FAA Part 161

study is required.

Setting aside the possibility of even more expansion in the future,

let's look just at the first phase envisioned in the framework.

Try to visualize the size of the present terminal in comparison to the

Media City Center Mall. After deducting the outdoor luggage area, the

present terminal is less than 160,000 square feet. According to an

earlier editorial in The Leader, the mall is 355,000 square feet, almost

the identical size of the first phase of the terminal expansion. Is there

anyone that doesn't think that an efficient new terminal, the size of the

Media City Center Mall, can't handle at least three times as many

passengers and flights as the present inefficient terminal?

In their original design, the airport planned for 15,000 square feet

of administrative space. They have now upped that figure to 35,000 square

feet. Why? Think back a year or so ago. At that time Pasadena Airport

Commissioner William Paparian suggested that space be included in the

terminal design for a customs facility to accommodate international

flights. My guess is that the extra 20,000 square feet is being set aside

for just that, use in international flights.

Does the first phase of the expansion require any limits on the number

of passengers or number of flights? None whatsoever. Murphy and Golonski

have wimped out on this issue and will let a future council deal with it.

Such leadership.

The only possible limits on the number of flights will come via the

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