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City officials still fighting for curfew at Bob Hope

Group plans to meet with lawmakers to discuss options to bring noise relief to area around airport.

October 10, 2009|By Christopher Cadelago

BURBANK — After airport officials invested about $7 million to achieve a nighttime noise curfew at Bob Hope Airport, city leaders are gearing up for one last push.

A team of Burbank officials will join Mayor Gary Bric and Councilman Dave Golonski on a trip next week to the nation’s capital before the Federal Aviation Administration renders a decision by Nov. 1.

The group plans to meet with lawmakers, particularly those who oversee transportation and aviation committees, to discuss options to deliver meaningful nighttime noise relief.

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The Burbank-Glendale- Pasadena Airport Authority commissioned the Part 161 Study — a roughly 800-page document required to restrict all departures and landings at Bob Hope Airport between 10 p.m. and 6:59 a.m. — after decades of noise and air pollution complaints from neighbors. FAA officials said it was the first study of its kind to make it through the review process.

“We’ve done everything we can through the process, taken every step required,” Golonski said. “This has really been a joint effort with the airport authority and the other cities to see this thing through.”

Burbank officials this summer secured support from mayors in Pasadena and Glendale to pursue congressional action for curfews into and out of Bob Hope and Van Nuys airports.

City councils in Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena during the airport authority’s public comment period last year all passed resolutions supporting the mandatory curfew.

Glendale Mayor Frank Quintero, an airport commissioner, last month referred to the nine-year approval process as “painstaking, but essential to delivering noise relief to folks in the area who lived with it for years — and have been patient.”

And Rep. Brad Sherman wrote to the FAA this summer imploring the agency to approve the application and begin a dialogue with the authority and Los Angeles to address the long-term impact of nighttime noise in the San Fernando Valley.

If it were approved, the curbed nighttime flight schedule would result in a $48-million revenue loss for the Burbank-Glendale- Pasadena Airport Authority during a 10-year period, according to the study. But the curfew would also save the airport an estimated $67 million over 10 years through reduced needs for residential-acoustical treatment.

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