May 28, 2005
CRAIG BULLOCK This year marks the 75th anniversary of an airport in Burbank. During its storied history, the airport has seen many changes in names, owners, aircraft and people, which have contributed to its evolution into what it is today. In the late 1920s Austin Co., Engineers and Builders, along with officials from Boeing Air Transport Corp., carefully planned the site where the airport was constructed. Before the airport was constructed, the vacant 243-acre land had to be cleared of more than 100 huge oak and eucalyptus trees.
September 11, 2002
Laura Sturza Military planes and helicopters were frequent sights in the skies above Burbank for weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists hijacked commercial planes and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. But like many security matters, officials declined to confirm or deny an increased military presence. "The military activity certainly skyrocketed, as did the orders for military parts," said Les Copeland, owner of Empire Manufacturing in Burbank, which supplies aircraft parts to the military.
August 18, 2004
After I read about the airport's proposed agreement between the parties, I thought the 10-year period on the prohibition of building a new terminal was a stretch. Ten years is a long time. Despite this guarantee, it still stirred the wrath of the anti-expansion troops. Several well-written, erudite letters implied the airport would find a way around the agreement. The conspiracy theorists are on the march. Can't they even agree on a reasonable negotiated contract?
October 27, 2001
Ryan Carter AIRPORT DISTRICT -- A 39-year-old North Hollywood man was arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon after Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport police found a gun and a man-made silencer in his baggage, authorities said. Philip Wright Adcok, who was in a wheelchair, was checking in his luggage Oct. 19 at an airport ticket counter when police found a .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun and a crudely made plastic silencer inside a first-aid bag, Burbank Police Sgt. Bill Taylor said.
June 21, 2003
Ben Godar Despite sharp criticism this week from City Council members, Burbank-Glendale-Pas- adena Airport officials maintain that foot traffic from a privately owned parking lot creates safety and liability problems, and say they have no plans to accommodate pedestrians in the area. Since Star Park opened in January, airport officials have closed a crosswalk leading from the lot to Terminal B and have put up no-crossing signs. In March, airport police began issuing $90 tickets to violators, but stopped doing so after a judge ruled June 9 that the airport did not have the authority to enforce the regulation.
March 19, 2003
The City Council decided in closed session meetings to recom- mend that the Burbank-Glen- dale-Pasadena Airport retain land for a new terminal until a decision is reached about a noise curfew. "The city needs to know whether we can get a curfew in order to decide whether it can support a new terminal or not," Mayor David Laurell said at Tuesday's City Council meeting. At a Feb. 26 meeting, Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Marion Blakey asked local officials to reach a decision about a replacement terminal in 60 days.
February 16, 2002
Laura Sturza AIRPORT DISTRICT -- Security screeners at Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport and nationwide will be under federal supervision starting Sunday. The change is expected to be invisible for travelers, officials said. Current screeners, who were contracted with private security agencies, will have their contracts taken over by the federal government's Transportation Security Administration. Starting Nov. 19, all scanners will be required to be federal employees.
August 13, 2003
On the face of it, the letter from David M. Simmons regarding a new terminal building at the airport seems pretty reasonable. But it isn't. First, Mr. Simmons states that the FAA has had a long-standing request for relocation of the terminal. To my knowledge, the FAA has never requested that the terminal be relocated. Rather, the FAA has simply stated that if the terminal is moved that it will have to comply with newer requirements regarding the distance from the runways to the building.
March 19, 2008
BURBANK — An allegedly drunk driver broke through the concrete wall in a parking structure at Bob Hope Airport Tuesday night, leaving him with minor injuries after he fell nearly 20 feet from the second level, officials said. The car was exiting the parking lot, going from the third floor to the second floor, when Simon Graef, a 70-year-old from Valley Village, apparently accelerated toward the wall shortly before 10 p.m. as he tried to leave the structure, Burbank Police Sgt. Travis Irving said.
April 18, 2001
Lolita Harper AIRPORT DISTRICT -- Aaron Sorkin, creator of the NBC-TV drama "The West Wing," was arrested Sunday on suspicion of possessing illicit mushrooms, police said. Sorkin, a 39-year-old Los Angeles resident, was stopped at an airport checkpoint at 3:15 p.m. for a routine weapons search when members of the airport staff found a suspicious plastic bag in his carry-on luggage, said Sgt. Tom Davenport, airport police spokesman. Airport police were called, and allegedly identified the substance as illicit mushrooms, Davenport said.