–Eshoo, Farr, Speier Announce New Select Committee

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.”

Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals membership:
Supervisor Joe Simitian, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
Councilmember Ann Wengert, Town of Portola Valley
Councilmember Mary-Lynn Bernald, City of Saratoga
Mayor Pro Tem Gary Waldeck, Town of Los Altos Hills
Supervisor Bruce McPherson, Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors
Supervisor John Leopold, Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors
Councilmember Don Lane, City of Santa Cruz
Mayor Ed Bottoroff, City of Capitola
Supervisor Dave Pine, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
Mayor Mark Adding, City of South San Francisco
Councilmember Sam Hindi, City of Foster City
Vice-Mayor Larry Moody, City of East Palo Alto

Select Committee Alternates:
Supervisor Mike Wasserman, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
Mayor Elizabeth Lewis, Town of Atherton
Councilmember Jean Mordo, City of Los Altos
Vice Mayor Gregory Scharff, City of Palo Alto
Mayor Donna Lind, City of Scotts Valley
President George Purnell, Happy Valley School Board
Mayor Cynthia Matthews, City of Santa Cruz
Councilmember Dennis Norton, City of Capitola
Councilmember Jeffrey Gee, City of Redwood City
Councilmember Bob Grassilli, City of San Carlos
Councilmember Peter I. Ohtaki, City of Menlo Park
Mayor Donna Rutherford, City of East Palo Alto