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Measure B passed and the fight is over but if you’d like to keep informed about issues in Burbank please check in on my other blog: Burbank Viewpoints. In the upcoming months there will be decisions that will effect everyone who lives here. A flurry of developments downtown and in Magnolia Park NEED public input.  THIS MEANS YOU! I hope you’ll bookmark the blog or Like our Facebook page (same content at both locations.)  And please share with your concerned friends and neighbors. Thanks for your interest in fighting Measure B!

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Election Results

Below are the results from last night’s Measure B vote. Of course we’re disappointed by the outcome, but I can tell you our little band of neighborhood volunteers aren’t going away anytime soon. The Yes on B campaign spent over a $100,000 on advertising and outreach. Add to that, the close to $200,000 the airport authority paid the city to put the measure on the ballot. So around $300,000 and months of blanketing the community with glossy mailers. That up against a volunteer campaign where people paid out of pocket a few hundred dollars here and there. Too little too late. But at least we did our best.

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If you are unhappy with how this turned out please get involved with your comminity. Save Burbank Neighborhoods and Burbank Viewpoints are good websites to bookmark. Local elections have a direct impact on your lives. Get involved! I’m looking forward to getting involved with the City Council primary election in February. And as always in Burbank, there will be plenty of airport issues for years to come. So get involved and stay involved.

KPCC story on Measure B

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No on Measure B made it to KPCC today in a pretty balanced news story filed by Sharon McNary of our loocal NPR station. Catch it while you can, unbiased reports are hard to come by these days! My favorite bit is here:

But Measure B comes with a change in governance over the airport that makes residents like David Spell wary.

David Spell with the campaign against Measure B said the ballot’s language shifts approval of the terminal’s final plan away from voters and into the hands of the airport’s governing board of commissioners.

“What we’re giving up with this vote is the ability to limit any expansion in the future,” Spell said.

Another highlight is the fact that the yes on B folks realize what we are giving up and are fine with it!

Spell said Measure B would strip away the authority of Burbank voters to give final approval to a new terminal plan that they have held since 2000.

The Yes on B committee is comfortable with that shift because the commissioners from Burbank would also get new powers to veto significant changes in airport operations, Walmsley said.

If the measure fails, the existing facility would stay as it is.

I had suggested to Sharon she interview Gordon and Rogers but I guess that wasn’t to be. I’m not 100% comfortable being the “voice” of No on B but hey at least we got some press! Here’s the audio portion of the story.