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Eshoo, Farr, Speier Announce New Select Committee on South Bay Aircraft Noise

April 4th, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Representatives Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Sam Farr (CA-20) and Jackie Speier (CA-14) today announced the formation of the new Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals. The Select Committee will be comprised of 12 local elected officials and will build on the previous work of local stakeholders to develop regional solutions to address aircraft noise. Together with the announcement of the new Select Committee, the Representatives are also today releasing to the public the FAA’s updated Initiative to Address Northern California Noise Concerns which includes completed milestones.

The Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals will accept public input, review FAA proposals, and make recommendations on issues identified in the FAA’s Initiative with a focus on arrival issues that primarily impact the South Bay Region. The SFO Airport/Community Roundtable will accept public input, review FAA proposals, and make recommendations on issues identified in the FAA’s Initiative with a focus on SFO departures as well as arrivals that primarily impact the SFO Roundtable geographical area.

SFO and the FAA will offer technical assistance to both the Select Committee and the SFO Roundtable as needed and will work with both the Committee and the SFO Roundtable on the FAA’s Initiative.

Each of the three Congressional Districts has four appointees on the Committee. A full roster of the Select Committee Members and Alternates is below.

Eshoo: “Establishment of this Select Committee is a critical step to address airplane noise that is plaguing our constituents. New flight paths implemented by the FAA have generated an alarming increase in noise impacts across my entire Congressional District. Large, small, urban, and rural communities have been affected, and the majority of noise complaints in my District involve arrivals at SFO. The Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals will work with the public and the FAA to expedite solutions to this problem.

“Importantly, the Select Committee will have representation from the three Congressional Districts and the three affected counties. This is a regional problem which calls for regional solutions. Simply shifting noise from one community to another is not an option.”

Farr: “As the FAA implemented the new NextGEN flight plans, it became increasingly clear there was not enough local input into how these flight plans would affect our region.  The Select Committee will finally give those impacted local communities a voice in the process as we look for ways to remove airplane noise from all of our homes and neighborhoods.”

Speier: “The recent increase in aircraft noise has created an intolerable environment for many communities. I expect the FAA to work with the appointees on both committees to mitigate the intense increase in aircraft noise that is making it unbearable for many of my constituents.”

Public meetings of the Select Committee will be held in Santa Cruz County, San Mateo County, and Santa Clara County on the following days:

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
307 Church St, Santa Cruz
6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Sequoia High School, Carrington Hall
1201 Brewster Avenue, Redwood City
6:00pm

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
500 Castro Street, Mountain View
6:00pm

Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals membership:

Select Committee Member Elected body Appointed by
Supervisor Joe Simitian Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Congresswoman Eshoo
Councilmember Ann Wengert  Town of Portola Valley Congresswoman Eshoo
Councilmember Mary-Lynne Bernald  City of Saratoga Cities Association of Santa Clara County
Mayor Pro Tem Gary Waldeck  Town of Los Altos Hills Cities Association of Santa Clara County
Supervisor Bruce McPherson Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Congressman Farr
Supervisor John Leopold  Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Congressman Farr
Councilmember Don Lane  City of Santa Cruz Congressman Farr
Mayor Ed Bottoroff  City of Capitola Congressman Farr
Supervisor Dave Pine             San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Congresswoman Speier
Mayor Mark Addiego  City of South San Francisco Congresswoman Speier
Councilmember Sam Hindi  City of Foster City Congresswoman Speier
Vice-Mayor Larry Moody  City of East Palo Alto Congresswoman Speier

 

Select Committee Alternates:

Select Committee Alternate Elected body Appointed by
Supervisor Mike Wasserman Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors  Congresswoman Eshoo
Mayor Elizabeth Lewis Town of Atherton  Congresswoman Eshoo
Councilmember Jean Mordo City of Los Altos  Cities Association of Santa Clara County
Vice Mayor Gregory Scharff City of Palo Alto Cities Association of Santa Clara County
Mayor Donna Lind  City of Scotts Valley Congressman Farr
President George Purnell  Happy Valley School Board Congressman Farr
Mayor Cynthia Matthews  City of Santa Cruz Congressman Farr
Councilmember Dennis Norton  City of Capitola Congressman Farr
Councilmember Jeffrey Gee City of Redwood City Congresswoman Speier
Councilmember Bob Grassilli City of San Carlos Congresswoman Speier
Councilmember Peter I. Ohtaki City of Menlo Park Congresswoman Speier
Mayor Donna Rutherford City of East Palo Alto Congresswoman Speier 

 

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