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Dismissal of Airport Suit Sought

November 15, 2001|CAROL CHAMBERS | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Calling it a "sham," the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed against it last month by the city of Burbank over a new law limiting noise and expansion at Burbank Airport.

The motion filed in Los Angeles Superior Court contends that neither the Airport Authority nor the city supported the voter-approved law, and therefore they are not adversaries.

"There's really no valid cause of action," said airport spokesman Victor Gill. "The authority agrees with the city regarding the invalidity of Measure A."

The lawsuit, filed Oct. 16, sought a ruling on whether the city can legally enforce the measure.

Passed last month by 58% of Burbank voters in the city's first all mail-in election, Measure A prohibits the Burbank City Council from approving any construction or renovation of the airport unless a number of conditions are met, among them the imposition of flight caps and an overnight curfew.

The measure--called Restore Our Airport Rights--also bars new runways or the lengthening of existing ones, and requires approval by two-thirds of Burbank voters before a terminal could be built.

The filing by the Airport Authority came on the same day the City Council, which had been considering withdrawing the lawsuit, voted to postpone the action.

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