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Burbank Airport a Noisy Issue

May 02, 1993

Neither the City of Los Angeles nor the Los Angeles Unified School District has enough money to protect our citizens or to educate our children, yet both have enough to file expensive lawsuits against the Burbank Airport's environmental impact report (EIR).

The financially strapped city and schools will have to spend $500,000 on their lawsuits. Maybe more to pay for outside counsel. The airport will spend the same.

And what will the city and schools get if they win, which is no sure thing?

They might get a new EIR. And they'll certainly get an expensive delay in building a new terminal, which is at least a decade overdue already.

The big losers in this lurch to litigation are the city's taxpayers, who'll see their protection and education "contributions" wasted on legal fees.

Also losing will be the millions of business and personal travelers who'll continue to struggle along in an outmoded, 63-year old terminal that's too close to the runway.

JAMES E. FOY

Van Nuys

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