Will Rogers’ op-ed in the Nov. 23 Leader (“Airport development may be a terminal mistake”) made some important points. Yes, it is discouraging that so few residents bothered to attend this important meeting.
It's also true that in a representative democracy the default setting is that lack of participation is assumed to mean acquiescence to the actions of elected officials.
What is most interesting about this process so far is the lack of comment about the high-speed rail project. Like it or not this is now state law and it will come through Burbank. What is not widely heralded is that the business plan of the California High Speed Rail Authority calls for an initial operating segment (“IOS”) with an interim terminus in the San Fernando Valley.
I attended a conference at which the authority’s representative, Michelle Boehm, made it quite clear that the preferred location for this interim terminus is in Burbank, partly because of the business potential of connections to the airport. It is also state law to promote connections between rail and air.