Roughly 14 months from now I expect a howl of outrage will roll across Burbank, one angry enough to ignite politics, enrage residents, terrify many who've bought homes, and create a tsunami of activists with furious charges of corruption, double-dealing and government secrecy.
Worse, I'm gravely concerned it will come far too late to do anything productive for the city's residents and businesses.
At a Nov. 14 meeting of Burbank's City Council and the Airport Authority operating Bob Hope Airport, a council majority approved hiring a firm to study a “concept” for replacing the existing terminal, and installing up to 3 million square feet of development on 58 acres next to the new terminal.
The airport and City Hall have not kept this secret. The plan did rocket from a blank slate, to idyllic promises of jobs, with maps and color renderings in just weeks. But both agencies exceeded the legal minimums for public notices. Perhaps the only step overlooked was taking the hand of each resident who may one day face gridlocked traffic, more aircraft noise, or just office space where we need something else, and walking them to the meeting.