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NEWS
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.
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NEWS
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."
NEWS
June 27, 2001
Will Rogers There were grins and high-fives last week among opponents of the ROAR ballot initiative when the authors turned in the statement they want residents to read in the ballot handbook before voting. But the celebration might have come too soon, because this week the opponents might have made the same mistake, perhaps neutralizing an advantage they'd enjoyed. The initial thrill was widespread, as city officials, their supporters and others eagerly relayed the good news, opening with the words, "Did you hear yet?"
NEWS
April 21, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- The City Council voted Tuesday to put the Restore Our Airport Rights initiative on the ballot Oct. 9 in a by-mail election. City Council members approved the date and format of the election in a 4-0 vote. Councilman Dave Golonski was absent. The vote was based partly on the increased voter turnout in vote-by-mail elections, council members said. About 30% of Burbank's voters cast their ballots by mail in 2001 elections. But Councilman David Laurell said his vote approving a mail-in ballot format does not reflect his true position on the issue.
NEWS
April 18, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- The City Council was to vote Tuesday night on scheduling a date for Burbank's special election on the Restore Our Airport Rights initiative, an election that could cost taxpayers nearly $85,000. City Clerk Judie Sarquiz recommended that the election be held Nov. 6. "It's easier for people to remember the first Tuesday in November is the traditional voting day, and the whole goal here is to optimize voter turnout," Sarquiz said.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
March 28, 2001
The people of Burbank have spoken. Loud and clear. In a flagrant display of "we want what we want -- and that means less airport," more Burbank registered voters signed Restore Our Airport Rights' petition than voted for any one candidate for City Council during the city's February primary election. With 6,276 votes, Stacey Murphy was the top council vote-getter, but didn't come close to ROAR's 7,814 names, a nice percentage of Burbank's 51,085 registered voters.
NEWS
March 24, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- In a 5-0 vote Tuesday, the City Council asked that a staff report be prepared regarding the Restore Our Airport Rights initiative. The city clerk's staff has 30 days to bring the council a description of how it can call a special election. A standard election will cost the city about $75,000. The ROAR committee collected initiative petition signatures from more than 15% of Burbank's registered voters, the minimum state requirement for calling a special election.
NEWS
March 24, 2001
Our new state Sen. Jack Scott (D-Burbank) sent a questionnaire to his constituents last year asking about the issues that concern them. In regard to the airport issue, 44% were in favor of expansion with the strict safeguards for surrounding neighborhoods. Another 18% favor expansion no matter what. That means 62% favor expansion, some wanting controls, others not. That doesn't sound like overwhelming support for Restore Our Airport Right's position.
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