May 20, 2000
Robert Blechl AIRPORT DISTRICT -- Half a century of aviation history is sliding into the recycle bin. Used between 1941 and 1992 as an aircraft design, assembly and production plant, Lockheed-Martin Corp.'s "A-1 North" property is being demolished to make way for a high-tech industrial manufacturing complex. The purchase the 32-acre lot by Zelman Development Companies in December and the subsequent demolition of its structures by the IT Corporation mark the end of an era. Lockheed officials expect to finalize the $20-million-plus sale with Zelman in the first quarter of 2001.
May 10, 2000
Paul Clinton BURBANK -- Lynnell Madrid is livid. Two days after a judge tossed out lawsuits brought by 140 Burbank-area residents who believe their health problems were caused by Lockheed Martin Corp., Madrid vowed to fight on. "It was just earth-shattering," Madrid said. "For four years we have been hoping for Lockheed to be held accountable for what they did to us." On Tuesday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carl West said attorneys for the 140 residents -- picked from a pool of nearly 3,000 because of the seriousness of their ailments -- didn't prove the aerospace firm was directly responsible for their health problems.
May 3, 2000
NBC apologizes for intrusion On behalf of KNBC, I want to apologize to our neighbors for the incident where our news helicopter hovered over residential homes at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. There is no excuse for what happened, and I regret the early morning intrusion in your homes. I assure all our neighbors that something like this will not happen again. It was a mistake. Thank you for your calls both to me and to your city representative. JACK O'NEILL Vice-President, KNBC-TV Burbank Elian affected all of us While this is not a local issue, I think the matter of Elian Gonzalez is one that we have all been subjected to, for better or worse, and I for one am glad to see it finally move toward some sort of conclusion.
April 29, 2000
He will be missed I bid a sad farewell to one of our most colorful writers to The Leader letters column -- Bill Starr. He always said it like it is. ("Goodbye to Burbank Leader," April 12) I share his fatigue with the airport issue, but the FAA and the airport critics are making sure the issue never gets resolved. However, I disagree with him in regard to The Los Angeles Times and the Burbank Leader being an organ of any political party. I find their editorials quite moderate and well thought out. They've had conservative Republicans in opinion columns that differ from Tony Roggero's Democratic Party favoritism.
February 26, 2000
Paul Clinton BURBANK -- A state appellate court dealt a setback to a group of former Lockheed Martin Corp. workers, when it reversed a lower court's decision to award $15.2 million in damages for health problems they suffered while employed by the aerospace firm. The 2nd District Court of Appeal tossed out damages against five oil and chemical companies Tuesday in Arnold vs. Ashland Chemical Co. In that case, 28 past and present Lockheed workers sued Ashland and others alleging the chemicals they used in aircraft manufacturing caused brain damage, cancer and other ailments.
February 19, 2000
Paul Clinton CIVIC CENTER -- Lockheed Martin Corp. will protect Burbank from potential environmental law suits stemming from the development of one portion of the aerospace firm's former Plant "B-1" property. Los Angeles-based Zelman Development Companies purchased the land from Lockheed last year and intends to use the 103-acre former aircraft assembly property for a $200-million development with two hotels, retail stores, office space and an auto dealership.
December 1, 1999
Paul Clinton MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- The final piece of Lockheed-Martin Corp.'s sprawling Burbank property is on the market and may be soon be sold, company officials said. When Lockheed completes negotiations to sell its "A-1 North" property, the era of the aerospace giant's landowning empire in Burbank will come to an end. Part of the A-1 site, a 31-acre parcel adjacent to Burbank Airport, was the firm's headquarters until the early 1990s when Lockheed pulled up stakes.