Wednesday, November 9, 2005
Airport noise study may warrant curfew
Airport authority will move ahead with a noise study needed to obtain a federal nighttime curfew.
By Mark R. Madler
The Burbank (CA) Leader
AIRPORT DISTRICT — The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority will move ahead with a noise study needed to obtain a federal nighttime curfew, rather than seek legislative changes in the criteria used in the study. The commission agreed Monday to adhere to the City Council’s Nov. 1 request that it conduct the study before trying to make any legislative changes.
“We’re ready to respect the decision and thoughts of the council has made,” Commission President Chris Holden said.
The City Council was unanimous in its wishes that any changes should come after a noise study is complete.
“In terms of strategy, I don’t think we can be effective with legislators without a decision on the [noise] study,” Councilwoman Marsha Ramos said. “Once we have a final decision, we will know what to do.”
Councilman Todd Campbell said that only after the noise study has been completed should other alternatives be pursued to get the curfew.
“My fear is if we don’t continue with the study and give it our best shot, then going to the legislators or Congress could be premature,” Campbell said.
The airport has a voluntary curfew in place for commercial aircraft between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. A mandatory curfew would be for the same hours and would apply to all aircraft using the airport. Glendale airport Commissioner Bob Yousefian expected that the other members of the nine-member commission would most likely go along with the Burbank City Council.
Getting the legislative changes was just an option the commission considered as a means to securing the curfew, Yousefian said.
As a Glendale City Councilman, Yousefian said he would have made the same decision as his counterparts in Burbank and gone ahead with the noise study.
“We should move forward and get it done,” Yousefian said. “We promised the people of Burbank and Glendale we would do the study and we should follow through with that.”