BURBANK – As a former air traffic controller, airport safety is Michael Dontanville’s top concern. As a candidate for Burbank City Council, he is trying to get that message across, especially as it relates to Bob Hope Airport and its terminal’s close proximity to the runway. If elected, he said he’ll push for a new terminal that sits farther away from where planes land. The way the airport is configured now is a catastrophe waiting to happen, he said. “It gives that much added space if something goes wrong,” he said. “It’s a threat every day.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The longtime Burbank resident is one of five candidates running for the council seat left vacant by Stacey Murphy, who resigned earlier this year after being charged with drug possession in connection with an investigation into a local street gang. Dontanville, 42, is set to canvass neighborhoods with his slogan, I Like Mike, in the next week. His Web site – ilikemikeforburbank.com – says he would also help fix traffic problems, including hiring traffic officers to control busy intersections and bringing in light rail linking Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena and the San Fernando Valley. The son of a Southern Pacific Railroad electrician and a homemaker, Dontanville went to the Catholic Bellarmine-Jefferson High School, where he ran cross country and enjoyed history classes. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach, with a bachelor’s degree in general art in 1986. The next year, he became an air traffic controller posted at the Air Route Traffic Control Center in Lancaster. He worked there until 1998, then transferred to then-Burbank Airport before retiring in 2000 so he could focus on his true love – painting. After working in the high-stress atmosphere of air traffic control, Dontanville said he’s a good listener, is able to juggle multiple tasks and can work under pressure. A sports fanatic, he plays badminton and hockey. He has also appeared as an extra on the TV show “Malcolm in the Middle” and the 1996 movie “The Birdcage.” Jacque Gibson, 72, of Burbank has known Dontanville for 15 years. She said he’s the right candidate for the city. “He’s honest. He cares about Burbank,” she said. “He comes from good stock.” Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!