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Airport Authority Commission Elects Burbank Commissioner Ray Adams as President

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, owner and operator of Hollywood Burbank Airport, has elected new officers to head the Authority Commission for a one-year term from July 2019 through June 2020. The Commission elects its officers each July.

Burbank Commissioner Ray Adams was elected President, Commissioner Ross Selvidge of Pasadena was elected Vice President, and Commissioner Vartan Gharpetian of Glendale was chosen Secretary.

Adams was first appointed to the Airport Authority in February 2015 and served as Vice President this last term and Secretary the previous term. Ross Selvidge was first appointed to the Commission in July 2015 and served as Secretary this last term. Varian Gharpetian was first appointed to the Commission in December 2016 and served as Treasurer this previous term.

In related actions, the Authority appointed Glendale Commissioner Paula Devine as Treasurer, appointed Burbank Commissioner Bill Wiggins as Auditor, and reappointed Executive Director Frank Miller as Assistant Secretary.

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

In addition to the officers, the other current Commissioners are: Don Brown of Burbank; Terry Tornek and Steve Madison of Pasadena, and one vacant seat for Glendale.

Human Health Risk Assessment Report Brings New Terminal Closer

At this morning’s Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority meeting, the Authority Commission authorized the finalization and submission of the Human Health Risk Assessment (HHRA) to the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region; the State Office of Environmental Human Hazard Assessment; and the City of Burbank. Finalization and submission of the HHRA to the designated agencies is one of the steps in the replacement passenger terminal process and follows the Airport Authority’s submission of the Airport Layout Plan (ALP) to the Federal Aviation Administration on June 30.

The HHRA was prepared by Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., for a portion of the Lockheed Plant B-6 site commonly known as the Adjacent Property, which is the preferred site for the replacement passenger terminal project. Geosyntec has summarized its findings and stated that: “The Adjacent Property is compatible for the construction of and operation of a replacement passenger terminal and associated facilities.”

The HHRA is based on the results of soil and soil gas sampling services on the Adjacent Property, was performed by EFI Global, Inc. under a contract awarded by the Commission on February 6, 2017. EFI Global conducted the sampling work in February and March, analyzing 74 soil samples and 137 soil vapor samples. EFI Global’s sampling work was conducted pursuant to a work plan approved by representatives of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region. The sampling was designed to cover an extensive range of locations from four principal areas: the Desmond leasehold in the north, the unpaved central portion of the property, the employee lot, and the Lot A parking location to the southern portion of the Adjacent Property (designated as “Lot A East” on the attached map). Two accredited environmental laboratories analyzed the samples and EFI Global prepared a 12,700-page summary report, including all laboratory reports, boring logs, chain-of-custody documents and waste disposal manifests.

The HHRA utilizes risk screening levels to calculate the potential health risks to two types of individuals: construction contractor employees building the proposed project and future employees at the replacement passenger terminal, including vendor employees, Transportation Security Administration staff and others. Risk screening levels determine whether the risk posed by chemicals detected in the environment is at a de minimis level or is at a level that would require a more detailed site-specific review.

Based upon standard screening levels published by both the California Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Geosyntec has concluded that the calculated cancer risks and noncancer hazard indexes are at or below the de minimis level for construction workers and Airport workers. Because the calculated cancer risk and noncancer hazard indexes are below de minimis levels for full-time Airport workers, Geosyntec’s report concludes that “the risk and hazard to an occasional Airport visitor would also be below de minimis levels.”

Geosyntec has also recommended that the Authority implement a Soil Management Plan to minimize soil and dust exposure to both the construction workers and to neighboring property owners and users. The Authority has already committed to implementing a Soil Management Plan as part of project design features contained in the Final Environmental Impact Report and the Development Agreement for the replacement passenger terminal project, and Geosyntec can assist in recommending specific measures to further reduce exposure during the construction phase. This recommendation is not based upon a particular risk level, but rather is intended as a further proactive measure to further reduce potential exposures during the construction process.

The HHRA is now available to the public on the Airport’s replacement passenger terminal website, BURreplacementterminal.com. If the agencies to whom the HHRA is submitted request minor revisions, such as additional tables for data display, a modified HHRA will be provided to the City of Burbank and be made available on the replacement passenger terminal website for public inspection.

EFI Global analyzed 74 soil samples and 137 soil vapor samples from a variety of locations across four
principal areas: the Desmond Leasehold, the Unpaved Central Area,
the Employee Lot/Lot A West and Lot A East.

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.

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.

Burbank High Student’s Artwork Now Displayed on Airport’s Tower

On Thursday, June 23, the Hollywood Burbank Airport installed a banner featuring Burbank High School junior Taylor Castile’s artwork on its terminal tower, where the banner will remain until the end of August. The artwork features five planes from different eras flying across an orange background, as Burbank’s first-place winner in the Hollywood Burbank Airport’s 2016 Tower Banner Student Art Contest. This year’s contest theme was “History of Aviation.”

Bob Hope Airport Banner & Display /Photo by Ross A. Benson

Bob Hope Airport Banner (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“The Tower Banner Student Art Contest is a highlight for everyone—for the students, for their teachers and families, for the airport and for airport passengers,” said Lucy Burghdorf, the Director of Public Affairs and Communications at Hollywood Burbank Airport. “Each work that’s displayed on the terminal tower is seen by nearly a million airport visitors as they arrive and depart.”

The airport has sponsored the annual Tower Banner Student Art Contest since 2007. The contest is open to high school students in the Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena Unified School Districts. Each year, students are given a different aviation-related theme on which to base their artwork, and arts educators and public art commissioners from each of the three cities select the three winning pieces. First-place winners from Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena have their work hung on the airport’s terminal tower, while second- and third-place winners’ artwork is displayed in the airport’s Terminal B hallway.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

In addition, the airport presents each school district with a $3,000 check to promote arts education programs. Since the program’s inception, the Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena Unified School Districts have each received $25,500, for a grand total of $76,500.

“This is just one of the ways the airport gives back to the Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena communities,” Burghdorf said. “We think it’s a great opportunity for students to be creative and to learn about aviation at the same time, especially since the airport has always had such an important presence here in Burbank. We’re happy to support that creativity and education.” Burbank students’ artwork represented 85 of this year’s 219 total entries, the highest number of entries across all three districts.

All three of Burbank’s 2016 winners hail from instructor James Bentley’s art classes at Burbank High School. Ninth-grader Sophie Mazzarelli received second place honors, while senior Caroline Adams placed third. The 2014 and 2015 Burbank first-place winners, Angus Crosby and Anyssa Payaslyan respectively, were also Bentley’s students.

Bentley has applauded the airport’s continued support of arts education. “This was about learning,” he told the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority during last year’s presentation of the winning artwork, which focused on the theme of “Great Moments in Flight.” “It was an education on the history of flight, the greatness of humanity’s achievement. I look forward to these young artists […] designing and building the future.”

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

The upcoming academic year, with the announcement of the winners in March 2017, will mark the tenth anniversary of the Tower Banner Student Art Contest. Although next year’s contest theme isn’t certain yet, Burghdorf says it will likely be related to the airport’s new Hollywood Burbank brand identity, which the Airport Authority voted to adopt in May of this year.

“Film and aviation have historically been two of the most prominent industries in this community,” Burghdorf said. “I think if we gave students a theme related to the combination of those two industries, they’d create some really amazing art.”

Airport Authority Releases Final Environmental Impact Report on Replacement Terminal

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has released the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) on the proposed 14-gate Replacement Terminal at the Hollywood Burbank Airport. The document examines the potential environmental impacts that a 355,000-square-foot Replacement Terminal might have on the surrounding community and identifies mitigation measures to lessen those impacts. A special commission meeting to consider certification of the FEIR is scheduled for Monday, July 11, 2016, at 9 a.m. in the Airport Skyroom.

NEWEST replacement terminal 6-28-16The Airport Authority began the environmental review process in November, 2015, when the Airport Authority Commission and the Burbank City Council endorsed a Conceptual Term Sheet that would give the Airport Authority the vested right to build a 14-gate Replacement Terminal in exchange for permanent new protections for Burbank. Under the provisions of Measure B, the voters in Burbank must approve any agreement between the City of Burbank and the Airport Authority, or any other discretionary action for a replacement terminal, before that agreement can become effective.

The FEIR examines three development options to replace the existing 14-gate, 232,000-square-foot passenger terminal which is located too close to the runways, and portions of which were built in 1930 and do not meet current earthquake design standards. The preferred option is a 355,000-square-foot replacement terminal on the B-6 Adjacent Property, located in the northeast quadrant of the Airport, off of Hollywood Way and Winona Ave. The existing terminal would be demolished after the replacement terminal is opened.

The FEIR forecasts an increase in enplanements and operations by 2025, but it does not attribute this growth to the proposed project, since the replacement terminal would not increase the number of gates or lengthen Airport runways. The Airport currently operates well below the number of passengers it accommodated between 2006 and 2008, and the FEIR does not project that such a level of activity would occur again within the study period, regardless of whether or not a replacement terminal is built.

Additionally, the FEIR forecasts that the impacts of each of the three development options would be generally the same or similar to the impacts that would occur under the “no project” alternative. These impacts would be related to the relocation of the terminal, not to the increase in aircraft operations or annual passengers.

The FEIR can be viewed online at www.BURreplacementterminal.com. Copies of the FEIR 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 Airport Authority offices.

On July 7, 2016, the City of Burbank Planning Board will consider the FEIR, Development Agreement and minor Planned Development amendments for the 14-gate Replacement Terminal. The Burbank City Council public hearings on the project are scheduled for July 25 and July 26. The Authority seeks a November 8, 2016, Measure B election.

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

Burbank High Student Has Artwork Selected for Bob Hope Tower

The high school student winners of the Burbank Bob Hope Airport 2016 Tower Banner Student Art Contest from Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena Unified School Districts presented their winning artwork at the March 7, 2016, Airport Authority meeting. The winners were chosen from 219 entries across all three districts. Joining them were their art teachers and district art coordinators, along with many of the students’ proud parents.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

This is the ninth year the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has sponsored the contest for students of the respective Unified School Districts in Grades 9 – 12. Each year, the Airport chooses a different aviation theme for the contest. This year’s theme was “History of Aviation.” In 2015, the theme was “Great Moments in Flight.” In 2014, the theme was “Skies of Freedom.” In 2013, the theme was “The Sky’s the Limit,” and in 2012 and 2011, the artists illustrated “Cleared for Take Off” and “Up and Away.”

The Burbank Unified School District determined which submissions are its top three entries. The arts and culture commission from Burbank then consider the three entries and make the final award of the first place entries based on the judging criteria set forth in the Authority’s contest rules.

The winning artwork from each school district is enlarged to a size of 16 feet by 26 feet for an approximately three-month display on the Burbank Bob Hope Airport terminal tower, where it is seen by nearly a million travelers and airport visitors as they arrive and depart the Airport.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Since the contest’s inception nine years ago, $22,500 has been awarded to each school district in honor of the winning entries, with the stipulation that the award be used to help support and promote the districts’ education programs for the arts. This year, each district will receive another $3,000, bringing the total to $25,500 for each school district.

The winning entries displayed on the tower are rotated among Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena. This year,

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Unified School District’s winning banner, created by 11th grader Taylor Castile from Burbank High School, Instructor: James Bentley, will be the first to be displayed on the tower, beginning June 2016.