The San Francisco International Airport/Community Roundtable is a political committee, made up of elected officials of various cities, whose purpose is to address community noise impacts from aircraft operations at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The public is allowed to attend and speak at these quarterly meetings.
When you arrive please take a comment form and meeting agenda from the back table. Fill out the comment form and hand it to the Roundtable chair in order to speak during the “Public Comments on Items not on the Agenda” section. You will have 2 minutes to express any grievances or concerns. By speaking you not only stand up for your community but you also express to your elected officials that airplane noise pollution is a critical issue.
Four members of the San Francisco community representing homeowners located in the Southern and Eastern sections of the City (Excelsior, Visitacion Valley, and Bayview) met with Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco Field Rep, David Latt to discuss how Speaker Pelosi can help win the jet noise war against the FAA.
The local San Francisco issues are very similar to what people in many other cities are experiencing since the implementation of NextGen, which caused a shifting of noise to areas previously barely impacted and accompanied by flights at much lower elevation with much higher concentration.
In addition to thoroughly discussing the San Francisco Bay Area jet noise issues from Santa Cruz to Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland, Brisbane, Daly City, and Pacifica, we also discussed the very similar problems caused by the FAA in most major cities, and many smaller cities located under the new NextGen flight paths.
It was noted that the SFO Noise Abatement Office needs to be prohibited from continuing the use of their phony marketing brand “Fly Quiet” since it inaccurately describes the reality being experienced by San Francisco residents.
We noted that Speaker Pelosi can rely on the assistance and support of Senator Chuck Schumer’s office staff (rep. Robert Hickman), as well as Congressional Quiet Skies Caucus Co-Chairs; Lynch and Quigley, and AZ Congressmen Greg Stanton and Ruben Gallego who have both been through the whole process working on the Phoenix case. We expect the Speaker is already well familiar with the issues, as well as the people who can help support her efforts for relief.
We also noted how misleading the DNL metric is, and how Congress systematically both ceded its law making authority to the FAA, as well as stripped the American public of their right to due process through a series of Aviation Acts since 1990.
Of special interest is the response to our repeated question of what action we can expect from the Speaker’s Office, including responding to the questions posed from members of Quiet Skies groups around the country. The reaction was one of empathy, acknowledging the problem is real, but the only commitment was to forward our documents to the Washington D.C. office where her Chief of Staff, Robert Edmonson is the point person for Transportation.