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.
March 14, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- Burbank most likely is on its way to a special election on airport issues. After spending 30 days verifying 10,865 signatures, officials in the the Los Angeles County clerk's office determined Tuesday that the Restore Our Airport Rights committee collected initiative petition signatures from more than 15% of Burbank's registered voters. As a result, Burbank might need to host a special election. According to state law, ROAR needed to collect at least 7,663 acceptable signatures, or 15% of Burbank's 51,085 voters.
March 7, 2001
Will Rogers City Council candidate Marsha Ramos finished second in the primary election last month behind incumbent Stacey Murphy, who was reelected. Ramos, along with incumbent Dave Golonski and first-time candidates Howard Rothenbach and Gary Olson, will chase the two seats to be filled in the April 10 general election. In my last column, I looked at the candidacies of Golonski and Rothenbach, so today I'll jump right into what many tell me is their biggest gripe against Ramos.
February 24, 2001
Charlie Lombardo doesn't have a clue as to what motivated thousands of Burbank voters to back two attempts to guide the City Council of Burbank as they engage in renegotiations for a new airport terminal. The framework agreement claimed to be the city and airport's formula for accomplishing a final settlement of lawsuits. It was to be a vehicle to reduce increased rancor between the negotiators. The framework contained glaring omissions not satisfactory to the residents.
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)
February 7, 2001
For years, the authors of the Restore Our Airport Rights initiative told residents that by signing a petition for an initiative, we would get a mandatory curfew, caps on passengers and flights and other powers. They bristled at questions about the legality of their initiative, promptly labeling critics as advocates of unbridled airport expansion. Criticizing the ROAR initiative is automatically characterized as opposing a curfew at the airport. That isn't fair to the many who have worked for years in a successful fight to block unrestricted airport expansion.
January 31, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- The Committee to Restore Our Airport Rights turned in a petition of 10,778 signatures to the city clerk Tuesday morning, hoping to offer a Burbank Airport initiative to voters in a special election this year. To place the ROAR initiative on the ballot in the next round of city elections in 2003, the group needed to collect signatures from 10% of Burbank's 51,085 registered voters. In an attempt to offer the measure to voters earlier than 2003, ROAR tried to gather signatures from 15% of registered voters, the requirement for calling a special election.
January 17, 2001
Regarding the comments of front-page columnist Will Rogers ("Funding of columnist good for city") in the Dec. 27 issue of the Leader, for many years he has ridiculed a Glendale appointee to the Airport Authority for making outlandish statements in the expectation that all should believe them simply because he, himself, had uttered them. The columnist has now fallen into the same rut of expecting all to believe regardless of how factually inaccurate his proclamations might be. One example from his column: "The ROAR initiative is deeply flawed and makes demands that violate the U.S. Constitution."
January 13, 2001
It's an overwhelming struggle, mere humans battling a behemoth. The scenario is now familiar to the readers of our pages: The residents of Burbank standing up to the supporters of the devil-may-care expansion of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport. But somebody's gotta do it. For two years now, the loyal -- dare we say fanatic? -- members of ROAR (Restore Our Airport Rights) have diligently pursued restrictions on gates, restrictions on human cargo, and restrictions on flight times at the local airport.
December 2, 2000
I want to assure Grace Farenbaugh (Nov. 18) where I live in Toluca Lake, there is very little noise from planes flying into and out of Burbank Airport. The main source of noise, when it occurs, is from low-flying helicopters. I would bet the air pollution she speaks of comes mainly from automobiles. Property values are not declining. They are going through the roof. Furthermore, the quality of life in Toluca Lake could be referred to as excellent.