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December 30, 2006

The community's staunch and unwavering opposition to the hybrid may have won some concession — such as a pledge from Los Angeles officials to keep disruptive shafts and maintenance holes out of Burbank — but the community's general consensus remains that Los Angeles' unwillingness to conduct a separate analysis of the hybrid gives Burbank formidable legal footing to oppose the proposal in the legal arena.

One month after the Los Angeles City Council adopted the impact report, a step toward the project breaking ground in 2011, the Burbank City Attorney's office filed a suit against Los Angeles in Superior Court.

Airport agreement touches off concerns

3 In a community notoriously skeptical of any possible expansion at the Bob Hope Airport, the year 2006 was no exception.

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An April letter from Airport Authority President Chris Holden asked the City Council to consider accelerating the terms of the 2005 development agreement to allow the authority to utilize an off-limits parcel in an attempt to hedge off anticipated parking shortages.

But after Commissioner Charlie Lombardo told the council, in what he later called a "senior moment," that the authority had no intention to modify the existing agreement, community disgruntlement quickly followed.

By the end of the month, the authority had withdrawn its request to access the off-limits parcel, called the southwest quadrant, indicating designs to pursue other solutions to remedy expected parking problems.

Though it remains to be seen whether the airport's parking capacity will accommodate the numerous travelers who use the Bob Hope Airport in the long-term, a widely publicized summer parking crunch did not materialize due, in part, to fewer summer airline passengers than anticipated.

Fence ordinance sparks outcry

4 Burbank homeowners flocked to City Hall en masse when word spread that the council was considering an ordinance that would modify the nearly 40-year-old standards governing fences, walls and hedges.

Two Burbank homeowners sparked the upheaval after filing 571 complaints against residences that were in violation of municipal standards, a move that was said to be in retaliation for complaints filed against their own property.

In spite of the community's heated response to the 571 complaints, pushing the issue exposed the fact that some fences, walls and hedges were in violation of outdated city codes that were in need of review.

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