replacing Judge Aurelio Munoz, who was originally assigned to the
case. The voter- approved measure prohibits expansion at the
Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport without restrictions including
flight caps and curfews.
Though he suffered a heart attack Wednesday, Nolan was in a Los
Angeles courtroom Thursday morning with his attorney, Dennis Winston,
to ask the court to deny the expedited hearing.
"I do not want a two-minute drill on this matter," Nolan said.
"The subject matter is too important not to have a full review [by a
Nolan became the intervenor in the case after the city sued the
airport, contesting the legality of Measure A. The airport refused to
defend the lawsuit and Nolan stepped in to argue Measure A's merit.
Winston argued that it was unnecessary to move up the hearing
since another city law, Measure B, would still mean any airport
expansion would have to go to a public vote.
Meanwhile, the airport plans to add 40,000 square feet to its
terminal to make room for security equipment and other post-Sept. 11
safety mandates, and have applied for a permit to do so.
City officials said they will not process the permit because of
uncertainty about whether to apply Measure A's requirements to the
"Staff should process all applications up to the point of approval
and then hold them, either until council tells them to go forward or
Measure A is overturned," City Atty. Dennis Barlow said of the
resolution the city enacted in December.