collected about 7,400 names. The group has about 2,200 more signatures
than are legally required to get the petition on the ballot for the next
Unveiled Sept. 23, the petition offers an alternate airport expansion
solution than the Aug. 4 Framework for Settlement negotiated between
airport officials, Mayor Stacey Murphy and Councilman Dave Golonski.
Members of the group, known as ROAR, said their petition will force city
officials to recognize a significant public mandate that supports
stricter noise controls than thoseproposed in the framework deal.
The measure calls for a 14-gate, 200,000-square-foot terminal with a
mandatory curfew between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. and a cap on the annual
number of flights. The initiative also calls for strict fines against
airlines that violate the curfew.
In contrast, the framework deal calls for a 14-gate,
330,000-square-foot terminal that would include a nighttime terminal
closure but no immediate curfew.
The group needs 5,214 valid signatures from registered Burbank voters
to force the city to include the measure on the ballot in February.
Once the signatures are counted by the Burbank city clerk, they will
be forwarded to the Los Angeles County registrar-recorder to be
validated. That could take at least two weeks. After that, the petition
would be placed on the ballot.
"If they meet the requirements, it will go on the ballot for
February," City Clerk Judie Sarquiz said.
The ROAR initiative, written by former City Councilman Ted McConkey
and activist Howard Rothenbach, offers a solution supported by the
residents of the city, committee members said.
"This is democracy at its best," McConkey said. "They wanted a local
solution. We gave them one."
City officials blasted the initiative in September, deriding it as
"deeply flawed" and a "wish list" of unrealistic demands. However,
Councilman Bob Kramer signed the petition last week.
On Tuesday, City Manager Bud Ovrom said he was skeptical the
initiative would ever stand up in court.
"It's not difficult to get an initiative qualified," Ovrom said.