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Leader Editorial: Public input encouraged on airport issue

Officials need resident opinions before building new terminal.

July 12, 2013

Recent talks between the City Council and Bob Hope Airport officials regarding a new terminal is good news for both sides.

The airfield and community have the joint opportunity to update the aging facility and a responsibility to improve the space between the runway and terminal to meet current Federal Aviation Administration guidelines.

With a deadline on a development agreement between the city and airport fast approaching, the time is now to gain input from residents.

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Under provisions of Measure B, approved in 2000, Burbank voters must give their approval for a new terminal before it can be built.

The 83-year-old terminal should be replaced, there's no doubt about it. Besides the need to meet current FAA requirements, the existing terminal is just starting to show its age. But how it's done is tremendously important.

We are looking forward to a dialogue between the airport and residents, and urge locals to share their views. We also urge Bob Hope officials to not only listen to concerns, but to dedicate significant resources to outreach and education.

By the end of the process, Burbank residents should be well-informed about the project long before they cast their ballots. This is too important to sit on the sidelines, people. Stay informed.

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