Burbank Airport

A few observations are in order on your Feb. 24 article, "Federal judge to decide whether Burbank can halt airport growth."

A comment from John Ek of the Air Transport Association states that "what gets lost in this issue is that this is not the Burbank Airport. This is the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport."

Well Mr. Ek, ask any resident of Glendale or Pasadena what city they drive to when they are flying out of the so-called Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport.

Second, Richard Simon implies that while Burbank residents bear the cost (which we do) of our litigation against the Airport Authority, they (the airport) utilize their own revenues to fight us.

He would have you believe it's not tax dollars financing their legal costs. The last time I checked, FAA grant money, passenger facility charges, landing fees and the like, are all taxes in one form or another. They just happen to be spread out over a larger tax base.

And, as an aside, over $1 million in eminent domain work was performed by a law firm which employed the son of a Glendale appointee to the Airport Authority.

CHARLIE LOMBARDO

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