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Letter: Airport renovation creates jobs

Airport renovation creates jobs

The times are a-changing as the winds shift here in Southern California, especially for Americans who need better chances for prosperity and job security.

Burbank, Los Angeles County and Southern California economically and job-wise are not what they used to be for job creation and individual initiative.

In December 1995, as a Glendale activist, I walked in the Burbank City Council Chambers. My efforts led to breaking “The Glendale-Pasadena Grip,” which held Burbankers to no say in their destiny and peace of mind. A few years later, a new Burbank era was born as the Glendale electorate and Glendale City Council candidates favored Burbank citizenry concerns.

In 2003, I contested the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport renovation and expansion plans to increase air traffic between it and Burbank. Burbankers are still against more air-traffic business and night flights at its Bob Hope Airport.

Aspen considers Bob Hope Airport an airport hub for it.

For decades, the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has wanted to build a new airport terminal for several reasons, including more air traffic and more revenue.

Daily, I lean more toward championing the two airports’ goals because so many of the Los Angeles-Burbank-Glendale unemployed need jobs, a better chance and a burst of new spirit to create new business opportunities. You see those who are against the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority’s efforts don’t care or fail to come up with better chances for our unemployed people to have a better quality of life and a higher standard of living to get out of the terrible “no money” rut they are in.

As I envision the nearly six- to seven-year airport terminal construction project would lead to more Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena unemployed and businesses getting money with far less funds going to outside companies and workers.

The change must come. Better now than later. Let’s get busy Aspen!

Emzy Veazy III

Burbank, California, and Aspen

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