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Community reacts to bin Laden's death

Co-worker of local man who died in 9/11 attacks says she still thinks about him often.

May 03, 2011|By Bill Kisliuk

Airport Police Chief Ed Skvarna told the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority on Monday that his officers beefed up security and began coordinating with agencies ranging from the FBI to the LAPD.

“We have put measures in place that will raise security ... and visibility of police officers to make sure this place remains safe,” Skvarna said.

Airport officials declined to detail the steps they were taking.

Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) expressed a sense of accomplishment and relief after hearing news of bin Laden's death, but said they were concerned about the stance of the Pakistani government, which apparently did not participate in the discovery of the lavish, heavily fortified residence in a city just a short distance from the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.

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Sherman characterized Pakistan as a “frenemy” of the United States that neither helped nor hindered the U.S. effort to find bin Laden.

Schiff said bin Laden's execution “is a very significant milestone” for the United States, families of 9/11 victims and those who have served in the military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“This is their victory, too,” he said.

“I think we all share their sense of relief that he has finally been brought to justice, and optimism that we can bring others of his ilk to justice.”

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