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What Does the Future of the Hollywood Burbank Airport Have to Do With Pasadena?

Published on Sunday, July 10, 2022 | 5:43 am

Not everybody realizes the City of Pasadena co-manages a major regional airport.

But since it’s called the Hollywood Burbank Airport, it’s easy to see why few make the connection.

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority is a government agency created under a joint powers agreement between the three cities of Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena in 1977 for the sole purpose of owning and operating Hollywood Burbank Airport.

The Airport is a thriving departure and destination point for 10 airlines, including Southwestern United, Delta and Alaska. It served 2,215,015 travelers in the first five months of this year.

Pasadena City Councilmember Felicia Williams will take a close-up look at the airport’s history, role, trends and future as a guest speaker at the Pasadena Rotary Club’s weekly open-to-the-public meeting on Wednesday, July 13 at noon at the University Club of Pasadena. The meeting will be held in person, and also on Zoom.

The one-way Zoom Cast may be watched here.   The meeting ID is 819 5799 1086, and the passcode is 783239.

Williams is Secretary of the Airport Authority. She sits on the board of the Authority with two other Pasadena Commissioners, RossSelvidge, Ph.D. and Councilmember Tyron Hampton.

She was born and raised in Pasadena and elected to the City Council in 2020. She represents District 2 and represents the City on several Boards, including the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport.

Prior to joining the City Council, Williams served on several City Commissions since 2006, as well as on the boards of Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley and the Pasadena Educational Foundation.

Williams has over 20 years of experience in public policy and finance, including 10 years of investment banking, and five years of corporate finance at Edison International. She currently owns a consulting firm working on infrastructure finance for cities and clean energy companies.

Williams attended Polytechnic School in Pasadena and received her B.A. from Stanford University in Public Policy, M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA, and M.B.A. from The University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Wednesday’s reception and lunch is by RSVP only. To RSVP, call (626) 683-8243 or email

The University Club is at 75 N. Oakland Ave. in Pasadena.

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