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Hollywood Burbank Airport Celebrates Ten Years of Teaching Local Campers About Aviation

Wednesday of this week 85 campers and counselors from the Robert Gross Park Summer Daze program visited Hollywood Burbank Airport to learn about careers in aviation from Airport employees and tenants.

The campers, whose ages ranged from five to 12, heard presentations from employees of the TSA, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and concessionaire Up Pup ‘N’ Away, as well as staff from the Airport’s Public Relations, Operations, Police, and Fire Departments.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The presenters discussed and demonstrated their jobs for the campers and counselors, with interactive opportunities for the campers to pretend to be wing walkers, gate agents, and security screeners. The campers also had the opportunity to explore Police and Fire Department vehicles, try on protective firefighting gear, and get to know Kai and Delilah, the long-haired Dalmatians who accompanied the owner of Up Pup ‘N’ Away.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

This year marked the tenth anniversary of the Summer Daze event at Hollywood Burbank Airport. The Airport has hosted campers from Robert Gross Park, which is located on a site previously owned by Lockheed, since 2007. After hosting older campers in 2015 and 2016, this year Elementary school-aged campers once again participated in the event.

Congressman Adam Schiff Celebrates and So does Measure B Campaign

Local elections were celebrated in Burbank with Burbank’s Representative to Congress Adam Schiff celebrating his victory at Burbank Bar and Grill.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

While across town  at The Coast Annabelle Hotel supporters and guests For Measure B celebrated in a very happy conference room.

Congressman Schiff talked to his supporters while party members watched large TV’s with results from the National Races were being broadcast.

At the party for Measure B  supporters and Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes along with other Burbank City Council members thanked the employees and committee that help secure the passing of Measure B.

The final ballot count was finally reported at 3:40 AM with all 100% of Burbank’s Precincts counted with 20,121 (69.15% for and 8,978 (30.85%) against.  The new terminal at The Bob Hope Airport will move forward from the outcome of this election.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

 

 

 

myBurbank’s Position: ‘YES’ on Measure B

With some portions of the current terminal at Bob Hope Airport exceeding 85 years in age and the continuing changing scope that is today’s transportation, myBurbank supports a YES vote on Measure B in the coming election on November 8.

After reviewing the information presented by both sides of the argument, there seems to be many different opinions.  Some people we have talked with think it is about expansion, even becoming an international terminal.

A YES vote on Measure B will give the Airport Authority permission to go ahead with its plans of building a new terminal in another area of the airport’s property. The new terminal will only be allowed the same 14 gates that the current terminal has now. While it is a ‘new’ terminal, it is in fact a replacement terminal.

People have said that a new terminal will create more flights. That is not necessarily the case because 14 gates are in place now. It is up to the airlines how many flights a day they use the gates that they lease out, along with FAA approval. All air routes are first approved by the FAA. The amount of flights allowed a day has to take into account how long a plane is at an airport gate to both deplane, reload, take on fuel and have luggage taken off and reloaded.

The voluntary curfew will remain intact. Remember, it is a voluntary curfew, which has been in place for many years. The Authority, along with Burbank officials, will continue to push for a mandatory curfew, although in all honesty will probably happen as fast as peace in the Middle East is achieved.

It is with hope that a new terminal, while larger in size than the old terminal, will maintain the charm and ease of use as the old one.  Passengers always comment how easy it is to get in and out of Burbank, hopefully that will be taken into account. The Authority has also promised boarding in the front and rear of planes still which is a bonus that most airports wish they had.

The largest argument is that Burbank would lose control if Measure B passes. The measure will give Burbank a ‘Super Majority’, which means that it only takes two Burbank Commissioners to vote something down. Opponents will say that the Authority can now vote on anything on its own and take Burbank out of the loop and go against the best interests of the City.  While that is true in fact, a City Council who vets its airport commissioners thoroughly, would still have the control needed. The Burbank City Council appoints three members and it would only take two to stop something. It is like the President appointing a United Nations’ representative. He will do the country’s bidding or he will be replaced. The City Council has that same leverage.

Are there some questions ahead? Yes. Is this a perfect solution? Hopefully.

There is a desire that the new terminal looks to the future as well as the present. We have to look at new forms of transportation in the future. High Speed Rail and MetroLink need to be planned for. The Regional Transportation Center will now be a greater distance from the terminal and a solution will be needed to make the transition for passengers seamless.

While some proponents have stated that the FAA says that the current terminal is unsafe is not true. New guidelines for new terminals have a suggested distance away from runways and while those regulations went into effect long after the Burbank terminal was originally built, they are guidelines for new terminals. The new terminal would follow these guidelines.  If the current terminal was unsafe by FAA standards today, no airline would be permitted to operate from the facility.

The new terminal will also employ the newest security measures that are needed in today’s climate and mandated by the Federal Government.

While the new 14 gate replacement terminal will be larger, there will also be more amenities in place for passengers. New restaurants, lounges and other features will not only accommodate more passengers, but will lead to more tax revenue generated for the City. A passenger friendly airport will also make Burbank more of a destination of choice which will in turn help the local economy through hotel stays (bed tax) and local retail sales.

It is time to look ahead Burbank. There was opposition to removing the ‘Golden Mall’ and replacing it with the Downtown Burbank that exists today. A Downtown Burbank, in fact, that is thriving and putting tax dollars into the Burbank coffers that pay for a top of the line police and fire department among other services.

So with that said, myBurbank, as the only news source located in Burbank and run by Burbank residents who have skin in the game, recommends a YES vote on Measure B on November 8. Be sure to vote on Election Day!

Measure B Proponents Release Information

The following press release was received form the Yes on Measure B Committee:

The Committee for Yes on Measure B support the 14-gate terminal replacement at the Hollywood Burbank Airport for the November 8th elections.

Join Congressman Adam Schiff and the many Burbank residents and leaders in voting YES for the following four reasons:measure-b-officeaa5-5

  1. SAFETY
  2. Distance between Airport runway and Terminal needs 500-ft more room to be FAA compliant
  3. Current Terminal fails to meet seismic standards
  4. Upgrades will provide passengers with disabilities full access to terminals
  1. LOCAL CONTROL

A YES vote means that Burbank will have control and protective measures in place. That is, the Burbank Commissioners can veto the Commissioners from Glendale and Pasadena.

  1. ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY
  2. $400M construction investment in Burbank’s economy (no cost to tax payers)
  3. Creates hundreds of new jobs in construction, transportation, and services
  1. PASSENGER CONVENIENCE
  2. More efficient TSA screenings
  3. Indoor baggage facilities (instead of outdoor)
  4. Wider corridors and waiting areas
  5. New restaurants and concessions

Same numbers, only better improvements:

  1. Build a safer, modern, 14-Gate Terminal, which is the existing number
  2. Maintain the 6,637 parking spaces currently available
  3. Passengers will still be able to board and exit from front and rear of passenger planes

Miller Tabbed as New Executive Director of Hollywood Burbank Airport

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority is pleased to announce that Frank R. Miller, A.A.E., has accepted an offer from TBI Airport Management, Inc. (TBI), the Airport Authority’s management firm, to oversee day-to-day operations as the Executive Director of the Hollywood Burbank Airport. TBI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Airports Worldwide. The Airport Authority Commission is scheduled to consider an official appointment on August 15. If the Airport Authority Commission affirms the appointment, Mr. Miller will assume the role of Executive Director on September 6.

Frank Miller

Frank Miller

Miller possesses a wealth of industry experience, having spent 33 years as an Aviation Director with profit and loss responsibility for airports of increasing size and operational complexity, as well as having successfully directed multiple major airport capital development programs.

“Frank’s strong background in the airport industry, along with his excellent reputation for performance and community involvement, make him eminently qualified to pick up the torch at the Hollywood Burbank Airport,” said Larry Gouldthorpe, President, TBI U.S. Operations. “We appreciate the leadership of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority in the selection process.”

Prior to his employment with TBI, Mr. Miller served six years as the Aviation Director for the San Antonio Airport System, in San Antonio, Texas, overseeing the day-to-day operations at the San Antonio International Airport and Stinson Municipal Airport. In 2010, the San Antonio International Airport saw the completion of a $500 million, 250,000-square-foot new Terminal B, replacing the outdated Terminal 2.

Mr. Miller also served 22 years as the Airport Director for the Pensacola Regional Airport in Pensacola, Florida. During his tenure, Miller developed a private-public financing construction program for a new air traffic control tower, which was completed with no airport or city funds. Currently, the Federal Aviation Administration uses this model for its construction-leaseback program.

Prior to his tenure in Florida, Mr. Miller served as the Airport Manager for the Walker Field Airport Authority in Grand Junction, Colorado, as well as the Airport Manager for the City and Borough of Juneau, Alaska.

“Frank’s wealth of experience and aviation knowledge is important for the direction of this Airport, especially with the prospect of a replacement terminal,” said Airport Authority President Bill Wiggins.

Airport Authority Commissioner Frank Quintero said, “The Airport Authority Commission unanimously believes that Frank Miller is the best Executive Director candidate to lead the Hollywood Burbank Airport into the future.”

Mr. Miller received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. His notable professional memberships and affiliations include: accreditation by and membership in the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE); and various leadership positions with Airports Council International (ACI) boards, including ACI North American Chairman, First Vice Chairman, and Second Vice Chairman, and member of the ACI World Governing Board and Executive Committee.

Awards and presentations include: Richard Goodman Award for Strategic Planning Excellence, Association for Strategic Planning, 2016; Most Improved Airport in North America for Customer Service, ACI, 2013 and 2014; Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, Airports Division, Commercial Service Manager of the Year, 2006; Airport Minority Advisory Council Award of Excellence, 1999; Corporate Award of Excellence, Southeast Chapter AAAE, 1999; and Commercial Service Airport of the Year, Florida Department of Transportation, 1997.

‘Measure B’ Terminal Vote Finalized for November 8

On Monday, August 1, the Burbank City Council adopted an ordinance approving a development agreement and other matters related to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority’s replacement terminal project. The City of Burbank has now taken all of the discretionary actions required for the project.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Additionally, the Council called a November 8, 2016, special municipal election to put ratification of the replacement terminal project deal before Burbank voters. The deal will allow the Airport Authority to build a 14-gate, 355,000-square-foot replacement passenger terminal in exchange for Burbank control over critical decisions about the future of the Hollywood Burbank Airport.

The Council also voted to mail a supplemental information booklet to every registered voter in Burbank, which would provide specific information regarding the replacement terminal ballot measure, including an impartial analysis by the City Attorney, arguments for and against the measure, and directions on where to find additional replacement terminal information.

The Council’s actions followed an August 1 action by the Airport Authority Commission approving a full cost reimbursement to Burbank for election costs charged by the County of Los Angeles and by the City’s election vendor, Martin and Chapman Co.

l cost for the County to conduct the November 8 election, and for Martin and Chapman to produce and mail the supplemental information booklet, is estimated at approximately $200,000.

The replacement terminal would take the place of the existing 14-gate passenger terminal, portions of which were built in 1930. The central part of the building is 86 years old, does not meet current seismic design standards, and does not provide adequate space for passengers or basic amenities. The terminal is also 250 feet from the runways. Current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards call for 750-foot separation.

Per the terms of Measure B, Burbank voters must approve any discretionary agreement between the City and the Airport Authority for a replacement terminal. If Burbank voters approve the ballot measure, the Airport Authority will then receive the right to build a replacement terminal and Burbank will receive permanent new protections. The replacement terminal will be paid for primarily by Airport users and the airlines, as well as by grants from the FAA. City of Burbank funds will not be used for its construction.

Additional information about the replacement terminal project is available on the Airport Authority’s Replacement Terminal website and the City of Burbank’s website.

Airport Terminal Coming to Voters on November Election

On Tuesday, July 26, the Burbank City Council voted 4-1 in favor of giving City of Burbank staff direction to schedule a Measure B election date for November 8, 2016, as the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority had requested. The majority of City Council members and the Authority Commission believe that consolidating Measure B with the presidential election ballot on November 8 will put the replacement terminal project before the largest number of Burbank voters. The City of Burbank has scheduled an August 1 meeting to grant final approval and call for an election to put the agreement before Burbank voters.

The Council also voted to include an impartial analysis of Measure B by City Attorney Amy Albano, to include arguments for and against the measure, and to mail a supplemental information pamphlet to every registered voter in Burbank. The City will seek reimbursement from the Airport Authority for the total cost of the November 8 election and the production of the supplemental pamphlet, estimated at about $200,000. In a letter dated July 20, 2016, the officers of the Airport Authority Commission voiced their unanimous support for Measure B election cost reimbursement, which they believe is an appropriate action. The Airport Authority Commission will meet August 1 to consider reimbursement to the City.

Tuesday’s vote followed a Burbank City Council action taken on Monday, July 25, when the Council voted 4-1 in favor of a number of legal documents, including a new development agreement between the City and the Airport Authority. The development agreement will allow the Airport Authority to build a 14-gate, 355,000-square-foot replacement passenger terminal in exchange for Burbank control over critical decisions about the Airport’s future.

Members of the Burbank public, including representatives from the Burbank business community and local labor unions, also voiced strong support for the replacement terminal project during Monday’s public hearing.

“This historic vote by the Burbank City Council marks the beginning of a new era for this Airport and Burbank,” said Bill Wiggins, former Burbank Mayor and now President of the Airport Authority.

“We are very appreciative of all the hard work by the City of Burbank’s legal and planning staff that has made this possible,” added Airport Authority Commissioner Frank Quintero of Glendale, who served as Airport Authority President during the 2015-2016 year.

Airport Authority Vice President and Mayor of Pasadena Terry Tornek presented the replacement terminal project to the Burbank City Council on Monday night. The replacement terminal would take the place of the existing 14-gate passenger terminal, which was built in 1930. The central part of the building is 86 years old, does not meet current seismic standards, and does not provide adequate space for passengers or basic amenities. The terminal is also 250 feet from the runways, when, under current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards, it should be 750 feet away.

“This is the culmination of building consensus,” Tornek said. “I very much appreciate the Burbank City Council and staff’s help in getting us where we are tonight.”

Per the terms of Measure B, Burbank voters must approve any discretionary agreement between the City and the Airport Authority for a replacement terminal. If Burbank voters approve the ballot measure, the Airport Authority will then receive the right to build a modern, safer, more convenient replacement terminal, and Burbank will receive permanent new protections. The replacement terminal will be financed by the passengers, airlines, and Airport tenants, as well as funds from the FAA. City of Burbank taxes will not be used for its construction.

Additional information about the replacement terminal project is available on the Airport’s Replacement Terminal website and the City of Burbank’s website.

Burbank Commissioner Bill Wiggins Elected President of Airport Authority Commission

On Monday, July 11, 2016, the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, owner and operator of Hollywood Burbank Airport, elected new officers to head the Authority Commission for a one-year term from July 2016 through June 2017. The Commission elects officers each July.

Burbank Commissioner Bill Wiggins was elected President. Commissioner Terry Tornek of Pasadena was elected Vice President, and Commissioner Zareh Sinanyan of Glendale was chosen Secretary.

Wiggins was appointed to the Authority in 2001 and served as Secretary, Vice President and President during his tenure. Tornek was first appointed to the Commission in 2012 and served as Secretary this last term. Sinanyan was appointed to the Commission in May 2015.

In related actions, the Authority appointed Pasadena Commissioner Dr. Ross Selvidge as Treasurer, Burbank Commissioner Ray Adams as Auditor, and Executive Director Dan Feger as Assistant Secretary, and left intact the existing assignments for the various Authority committees.

President Wiggins also created a new Ad Hoc Committee, comprised of Commissioners Brown, Sinanyan and Selvidge, to oversee the negotiations for a renewal of the Airport Police collective bargaining agreement.

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority is a joint powers authority formed by the three cities to own and operate the Hollywood Burbank Airport. The Airport Authority is governed by a nine-member Commission, and each of the three cities appoints three Commissioners to the panel.

In addition to the officers, the other current Commissioners are: Don Brown of Burbank; Frank Quintero and Laura Friedman of Glendale; and Steve Madison of Pasadena.

Bob Hope Airport is Now Hollywood Burbank Airport

On Monday, May 2, the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority selected “Hollywood Burbank Airport” as the new marketing brand identity for Bob Hope Airport. The Hollywood Burbank brand was chosen for its strong geographic recognition among travelers and will be used to market the Airport to passengers, particularly those who live east of the Rocky Mountains. The Airport’s legal name will remain Bob Hope Airport.

“We believe the Hollywood Burbank branding identity will let passengers know that they have more than one airport choice when they fly into the Los Angeles Basin,” said Airport Authority President Frank Quintero. “The City of Burbank is known as the Media Capital of the World and we want to promote its proximity to popular centers of entertainment.”

In January 2015, the Authority signed a contract with Anyone Collective LLC, a brand management and creative services agency in South Pasadena, to conduct research and develop a brand identity that would more strongly identify the Airport’s geographic location. In addition to conducting research on search engine optimization (SEO) returns for potential brand identities, Anyone Collective also interviewed and surveyed Authority Commissioners; Airport staff; members of the Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena communities; and frequent travelers based east of the Rocky Mountains before bringing its suggestions to the Authority.

The selection of the new brand identity is the first step in the two-phase Airport rebranding process. The remainder of the first phase will be dedicated to the creation of branding materials, including an Airport logo and identity. The second phase will focus on the strategic implementation and execution of the new Hollywood Burbank Airport brand identity.

Airport Authority releases Draft Environmental Impact Report on 14-gate Replacement Terminal

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) on the proposed 14-gate Replacement Terminal at the Burbank Bob Hope Airport. The document examines the potential impacts a 355,000-square-foot Replacement Terminal might have on the community and suggests possible mitigation measures to lessen those impacts. The DEIR release initiates a 45-day public review and comment period that will extend through June 13.

“The release of the DEIR marks a major milestone for this Airport,” said Frank Quintero, president of the Airport Authority Commission. “We look forward to hearing from the community and area stakeholders after they take the time to review this very important document.”

Formal comments on the DEIR can be made online at www.replaceburterminal.com or at any of the upcoming Airport public meetings. Copies of the complete DEIR are available for public viewing at Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena City Halls; the Buena Vista, Central, and Northwest Libraries in Burbank; the Glendale Central Library; the Pasadena Public Library; Valley Plaza Library in North Hollywood; and the Burbank Bob Hope Airport Authority offices. The complete DEIR is also available online at the Airport’s Replacement Terminal website, www.burreplacementterminal.com.

The Airport will hold three upcoming community meetings where the public can learn more about the DEIR and comment on the document. These meetings will take place on:

  • Thursday, May 19, 2016, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., at the Burbank Community Services Building, 150 N. Third St., Room 104, Burbank
  • Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., at the Buena Vista Library, 300 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank
  • Monday, June 6, 2016, 9 a.m., at the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority Meeting, 2627 Hollywood Way, Skyroom, Burbank

The DEIR examines three development options to replace the existing 14-gate, 232,000-square-foot passenger terminal, which was built in 1930. Portions of the Airport’s current terminal do not meet current earthquake design standards and the facilities are located too close to the runways. The preferred option is a 355,000-square-foot, 14-gate Replacement Terminal on the B-6 Adjacent Property, located in the northeast quadrant of the Airport, off of Hollywood Way and Winona Ave. (A map is available on the following page.) Under all three development scenarios, the existing terminal would be demolished.

In November 2015, the Airport Authority and the Burbank City Council endorsed a Conceptual Term Sheet that would give the Authority the right to build a 14-gate Replacement Terminal in exchange for new protections for Burbank. The proposed agreement between the Authority and the City would take effect only if Burbank voters approve the agreement in accordance with Measure B, a Burbank ordinance that says that any discretionary agreement between the City and the Authority must be approved by Burbank voters. The Authority seeks a November 8, 2016, Measure B election.

The DEIR examined three development options to replace the existing passenger terminal. The preferred option is a 355,000-square-foot, 14-gate Replacement Terminal on the B-6 Adjacent Property, the site indicated in green

The DEIR examined three development options to replace the existing passenger terminal. The
preferred option is a 355,000-square-foot, 14-gate Replacement Terminal on the
B-6 Adjacent Property, the site indicated in green