March 25, 2000
Ted McConkey and Howard Rothenbach Given all the confusion over the ROAR voter's initiative, your readers need to hear our position in the matter. ROAR believes we are in full compliance with the requirements set forth in the statutes as to the form of the petition. Those requirements include a published Notice of Intention in a newspaper of general circulation and a statement as to notice of intent to circulate the petition on each page. Both were done.
January 11, 2003
AS IF YOU ASKED On Wednesday, I wrote about supporters of a political action committee demanding Burbank's council let them name representatives to sit in on an upcoming airport-related summit meeting in Washington, D.C. In written and spoken demands, one founder of ROAR (Restore Our Airport Rights) and other supporters declared expenses for the overseers should be "paid for by the community." But at council meetings in Burbank and Glendale this week, after Wednesday's column was written, the ROARers with wanderlust clarified they will pay for their travel, not taxpayers.
August 29, 2001
Lew Stone, president of the Burbank firefighters, is one of the authors of the ballot argument against ROAR. Burbank residents are rightly proud of our firefighters. However, more than 75% of them do not live in Burbank. So why is our ballot booklet providing us an opinion of non-Burbank residents who will never have to endure any of the negative impacts of an expanded airport? The Burbank firefighters and Lew Stone providing the argument against ROAR is absurd and hypocritical.
July 7, 2001
In Karen Kim's June 23 Burbank Leader article, "Ballot words anger council," there were quotes from City Clerk Judie Sarquiz and Councilwoman Stacey Murphy that amazed me. Ms. Kim writes that Sarquiz said she has no plans yet to challenge the argument in favor of ROAR and that "it would have to be something really outrageous in order for me to challenge it." What is outrageous is Sarquiz even commenting on the argument in favor of the ROAR initiative.
October 13, 2001
Having known Peggy Nudo very casually over a number of years, I can assure the Leader and anyone else who cares that not only is she well aware of who Will Rogers is in person, but that having worked with Ted McConkey on his campaign, she also knew he was defeated by Laurell. In fact, I can personally vouch for her being present at the Council chambers on the election night when the results came in. The only reason I mention this is to note that if this is the kind of bogus stuff Rogers is relying upon in his dissection of the ROAR victory, it's no wonder his point of view was defeated.
August 4, 2001
According to your July 11 editorial, "ROAR measure generates heat, not much light," all sides in the debate over the ROAR initiative should declare a moratorium on rhetoric and get down to the facts and the real issues in the airport expansion controversy. We agree. Here's a challenge of our own. Is the Leader ready to play a responsible role in helping sort out the wheat from the chaff and ensure that voters are exposed to this information so they can make informed judgments before casting their mail-in ballots?
March 31, 2001
Karen S. Kim HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- Candidates Howard Rothenbach, Gary Olson, Dave Golonski and Marsha Ramos tackled community issues in front of about 30 Burbank residents early Wednesday morning at a candidate forum hosted by the Burbank Sunrise Kiwanis Club. Candidates responded to questions on several key community issues, including the Restore Our Airport Rights initiative, housing and rent control. One questioner asked candidates how they would approach any litigation fees the ROAR initiative might incur.
August 26, 2000
Will Rogers Would you support a law that prohibits the Internal Revenue Service from auditing the taxes of anyone in Burbank? Sign my ballot initiative and the proposal will go before voters at the next municipal election, and is almost certain to win approval. "Askin' ain't gettin"' to use an old colloquialism. I admit, my example is outlandish, so most citizens would suspect that simply signing a ballot initiative won't lead to an IRS exemption.
August 18, 2001
In linking the restriction of the oral communications period with the coming October election of the ROAR initiative, Mr. Ron Vanderford ("Survey says," June 20) is applying a conspiracy theory, which is referred to constantly by him and his associates. They claim the council, specifically City Council members Dave Golonski, Stacey Murphy and David Laurell are plotting against them to defeat the ROAR initiative and to clandestinely encourage -- along with the cities of Glendale and Pasadena -- to double and triple the number of flights out of Burbank.
August 25, 2001
I am very insulted by Councilman Dave Golonski's 60 seconds for 60 days trial period change to the first period of oral communications. Only a few short months ago, Mr. Golonski was panhandling for votes to be reelected. Smiling, shaking hands, pinching babies' cheeks and promising, if elected, to serve the people of Burbank. Serve the people? How can you serve the people, Mr. Golonski, if you don't have more than 60 seconds to listen to them? Golonski's 60 seconds for 60 days trial period is perfect timing.