June 27, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- After ballot arguments submitted to the city clerk last week sparked anger and debate on both sides of the Restore Our Airport Rights initiative, both supporters and opponents of ROAR filed rebuttal arguments Monday. "There are major discrepancies in the argument against ROAR, and we had to point that out," said Ted McConkey, former councilman and coauthor of ROAR's rebuttal. "We can't let people think that everything is OK. They've got to know it isn't OK, and what they told you simply isn't true."
April 8, 2000
Paul Clinton BURBANK -- Vowing to recirculate an airport initiative rejected by the City Council, members of Restore Our Airport Rights said they would hit the streets by mid-May to collect more than 5,300 names. After some fine tuning of the petition, ROAR volunteers will begin collecting signatures again in May. A few minor provisions will be cut, along with some changes in the wording, ROAR co-founder Howard Rothenbach said. Councilman Bob Kramer said he would sign the petition again and offer his support to the grass-roots group.
May 20, 2000
Paul Clinton BURBANK -- A grass-roots group plans to hit the streets in early June in an effort to regather more than 5,200 names for a measure to impose strict limitations on any new terminal at Burbank Airport. Members of Restore Our Airport Rights said they remain determined to require the City Council to secure a mandatory curfew at night and a cap on flights, along with other provisions, before approving a new terminal at the Airport. ROAR co-founder Howard Rothenbach said the group has introduced changes that will ensure the measure gets on a ballot in 2001.
June 3, 2000
Paul Clinton BURBANK -- Members of Restore Our Airport Rights will take one more look at the fine print before they submit their revised initiative to the city clerk - probably next week. Although organizers of the group, founded by former Councilman Ted McConkey and activist Howard Rothenbach, say the initiative is basically complete, they postponed submission of the measure May 22. The initiative would require the City Council to secure both a curfew on flights at night and a cap on all flights before approving any terminal deal with the airport.
August 12, 2000
Paul Clinton BURBANK -- A grass-roots group seeking to limit airport growth fumbled the submission of its ballot initiative by failing to include a written statement stating the reasons for the petition, the City Clerk said. The group, which submitted its initiative Aug. 3, didn't include a "notice of intent," City Clerk Judie Sarquiz said Thursday. Sarquiz said she would meet with group organizers next week to iron out the problem. Restore Our Airport Rights chairman Howard Rothenbach, who founded the group with former councilman Ted McConkey, said he was stunned by the development.
November 18, 2000
Paul Clinton BURBANK -- After missing another crucial deadline, the leaders of an initiative to limit growth at Burbank Airport acknowledged they wouldn't be able to offer their petition to voters in the April general election. Instead, Restore Our Airport Rights, known as ROAR, will look toward the next round of city elections in 2003. In order to qualify for the April ballot, members of ROAR -- a group seeking to require the City Council to secure a mandatory curfew on flights at night and a cap on aircraft operations -- had to submit their petition to the City Clerk's office by Wednesday.
September 16, 2000
In regard to the front-page column on Restore Our Airport Rights in the Aug. 26 edition of the Leader ("ROAR plan destined to fail again"). The columnist mentions that those of us involved in ROAR have a record of getting one thing after another seriously, egregiously wrong. To me, the initial ROAR initiative failed on a technicality. A technicality, much like the City Council encountered when letters regarding airport expansion were mailed to Glendale and Pasadena residents.
July 20, 2002
After watching our latest PERC meeting on television, I am truly amazed at these committee members. One would think that being given the honor of appointment, the last thing they would do is give so much credit to those meddling ROAR members and their ilk. Why, on one broadcast the committee spent more time asking Howard Rothenbach his opinions about what we should do with the airport than our own city manager, who...
February 14, 2001
Lolita Harper BURBANK -- Howard Rothenbach has been watching the Burbank City Council for years, and he is not pleased with the direction it's going on airport and redevelopment issues. That's why Rothenbach, 55, is running for one of the three seats up for election. Burbank's primary election is Feb. 27. "I'd like to be involved in changing that direction to be more in line with the interests of the people," Rothenbach said. Although it is his first run for a seat on the council, Rothenbach believes that his experience as founder and chairman of Restore Our Airport Rights (ROAR)
June 17, 2000
Darrell Satzman and Amber Willard BURBANK -- The point may be moot now, but Burbank officials feel vindicated just the same. State Attorney General Bill Lockyer ruled this week that Burbank City Clerk Judie Sarquiz acted appropriately when she disqualified the Restore Our Airport Rights ballot initiative in March. Lockyer said the city of Burbank was not only correct to reject a petition by opponents of Burbank Airport expansion, it was obligated to do so. ROAR officials, now in the process of putting together a revised initiative to present to Burbank voters, said they still believe the initial petition was valid.