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$500,000 approved for airport legal costs

March 29, 2000

Paul Clinton

CIVIC CENTER -- The City Council has approved another $500,000 for

ongoing legal expenses related to the Burbank Airport, bringing the

city's bill for legal costs to $9 million in a little more than three

years.

The council approved the funding on a 4-0 vote without discussion on

March 21. Vice Mayor Bill Wiggins was absent. The money was allocated to

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pay for future expenses, Councilman David Laurell said Thursday.

The city has been embroiled in a legal war with the

Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority over the construction of a

replacement airline terminal. The city achieved a significant victory May

5, 1999 when a state appellate court gave Burbank the right to approve

any land-use decision on airport property.

On Aug. 4 last year, the city and airport agreed to the Framework for

Settlement, which paved the way for the resolution of the lawsuits so a

new terminal could move forward. But talks have been halted, with two

pieces of litigation on hold.

The city has contested the airport's noise reduction plan, which must

be approved by an administrative law judge acting on behalf of Caltrans.

Also, Burbank sued to limit jet noise to the 360 acres surrounding the

airport.

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