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Change came to the East Bay, and it's not for the better.
The noise impact may be an irritation to many, but is harm to all.

Particulate Pollution • Increased Coronary Risk
Children's Learning Delays • Real Estate Value Decline

Aircraft Flight Track Data, Before and After East Bay NextGen Changes
HMMH report presented at April 20, 2016 OAK Noise Forum meeting
 

FEBRUARY 6, 2017: 

NEXTGEN RELATED NEWS UPDATES 

SUPPLEMENTAL PROPOSALS TO REVISING THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA METROPLEX FOR ALAMEDA COUNTY/CONTRA COSTA COUNTY 


On January 18, 2017, we were all encouraged by the unanimous support the Oakland Airport-Community Noise Management Forum (Noise Forum) gave to the Supplemental Proposals to Revising the Northern California Metroplex For Alameda County/Contra Costa County. This set of technical proposals will be submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and was written by the Noise Forum's NextGen Subcommittee composed of Noise Forum members and community representatives. They are in the process of finalizing the document and expect to submit it in the coming weeks. Once the proposal document is finalized and sent to the FAA, Save Our Skies East Bay will post it, along with an FAQ section, that will make it easier to understand. 

Thanks for your patience and all your efforts to help bring these proposals to fruition. It wouldn't have happened without your support! 


NEW FAA WESTERN-PACIFIC REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR 


The FAA has promoted Glen Martin, the previous Western-Pacific Regional Administrator. He has been replaced by Dennis Roberts. We look forward to working with Dennis and hope he is as responsive to our situation as Glen was to the South Bay.



ACTION ALERT! 

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We are making progress with our community campaign to address the new FAA NextGen airplane routes and increased airplane noise over the East Bay. The noise is deafening and relentless, but our voices are stronger. We have the attention of Bay Area elected representatives who are involved at the federal, state, and local levels.

Here is a request from Alameda County Board of Supervisors Nate Miley. Please take the following action:

Write a simple, brief email (two or three sentences) about how your life has changed recently due to the constant presence of airplanes over our neighborhoods. Are you losing sleep, agitated, and on edge? Have you stopped going outside, gardening outdoors, enjoying your backyard, or deck? Are your children having trouble concentrating at home or in school? Are you worried about air pollution? Are you concerned about the loss of peace and quiet in your neighborhood or the East Bay parks? Are you concerned about the impacts of airplane noise on wildlife?

Send the email to Darryl.Stewart@acgov.org and cc SaveOurSkiesEastBay@gmail.com.

Invite your friends and neighbors to also send brief emails. Help spread the word. Supervisor Miley’s office needs to hear from us to support him in his continuing efforts to help our community on this issue, as well as forwarding the emails to Congresswoman Barbara Lee on behalf of the East Bay.

Thanks for your support! 

Save Our Skies East Bay 


UPCOMING MEETINGS:


(Photo: Asher Langton)

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT/COMMUNITY ROUNDTABLE 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
Millbrae City Hall, Dave Chetcuti Community Room
450 Poplar Avenue
Millbrae

The San Francisco International Airport/Community Roundtable (SFO Community Roundtable) addresses noise impacts from aircraft operations at SFO. The Roundtable monitors a performance-based noise mitigation program implemented by airport staff, interprets community concerns and attempts to achieve noise mitigation through a cooperative sharing of authority among the aviation industry, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), SFO management and local government. Please attend this public meeting to communicate and demonstrate your opposition to the new FAA Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) program flight paths that are adversely impacting the East Bay. For more information, please see SFORoundtable.org.


UPCOMING MEETINGS:


(Photo: Asher Langton)

OAKLAND AIRPORT/COMMUNITY NOISE MANAGEMENT FORUM

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
Port of Oakland, Board Room, 2nd Floor, 530 Water Street 
Oakland's Jack London Square

The Oakland Airport/Community Noise Management Forum (Noise Forum) was created to address community noise concerns and make recommendations to the Port of Oakland's Executive Director on noise related issues at Oakland International Airport (OAK). This critically important meeting is an opportunity for residents who are impacted by excessive airplane noise and air pollution from the FAA's NextGen program to ask questions and communicate their concerns. A representative from the FAA will be present at the meeting and community members are strongly encouraged to attend. For more information, please see the OAK Noise Management Program at FlyQuietOak.com


PAST MEETINGS: 

UPDATE: 

Oakland Airport Noise Forum Votes to Send Proposals to FAA

One Big Step for Our Airplane Noise Impacted Communities 

Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

Community members packed the January 18, 2017 Oakland Airport-Community Noise Management Forum (Noise Forum). Elected officials and their representatives, including Oakland's Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington and staff from the offices of Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley came to the meeting. Our voices were heard, including those who emailed their concerns to the Noise Forum. 

The community-driven proposals to mitigate NextGen airplane noise were very well received by the Noise Forum members who voted unanimously to send them up the ladder to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Once the proposals are finalized by the Noise Forum they will be posted on the Save Our Skies East Bay (SOSEB) website, along with an FAQ section. 

We definitely have the ears and sympathy of the Noise Forum and that is a major accomplishment. Without your participation and support, we would not have achieved this important step. But we still have a long way to go and need your continued help. 

We know it's hard, but keep complaining to Oakland and San Francisco International Airports, and our elected officials. The FAA puts a lot of weight on the number of complainants, so just one or two complaints, every day, from lots of people, is extremely effective. It all helps keep the pressure on the FAA to make sure this issue remains a top priority. 

Thanks for keeping up the fight! 

Helen, Leslie, Kathryn, Jeff, Bruce, Jim, Peter, Virginia, Michael and Reva
Save Our Skies East Bay 

SOSEastBay.org
SaveOurSkiesEastBay@gmail.com

UPDATE:

TONIGHT: Oakland Airport Noise Forum - Wednesday, January 18, 6:30 PM 

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Come to the Oakland Airport-Community Noise Management Forum (Noise Forum) tonight to:

- Listen to the Noise Forum/community-driven proposals to relieve the airplane noise burden created by the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) NextGen program. The proposals will be presented to the FAA upon approval of Noise Forum members. 

- Voice your complaints. Our power is in our complaints! 

- Let the FAA know that we won't give up until the peace and quiet has been restored in our East Bay communities. 

Oakland Airport-Community Noise Management Forum
Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Port of Oakland
Board Room, 2nd Floor
530 Water Street
Oakland's Jack London Square
FlyQuietOAK.com
(street parking or park at the garage across from the theatre)

Your participation is necessary to ensure a successful outcome in this process. Keep complaining, visit our website and Facebook page
for updates, and come to the Noise Forum meeting tonight. 

Thanks for your support. We hope to see you there!

Helen, Leslie, Kathryn, Jeff, Bruce, Jim, Peter, Virginia, Michael and Reva
Save Our Skies East Bay

SOSEastBay.org
SaveOurSkiesEastBay@gmail.com

UPDATE:

Come to the Oakland Airport Noise Forum!  

Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

If you are bothered by increased airplane noise over your home, our regional parks, and our East Bay communities, come to the Oakland Airport-Community Noise Management Forum (Noise Forum) on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. The Noise Forum is the go between in representing community concerns to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) about Metroplex issues, and the public is welcome to ask questions and offer comments at the meeting. 

Oakland Airport-Community Noise Management Forum
Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Port of Oakland
Board Room, 2nd Floor
530 Water Street
Oakland's Jack London Square
FlyQuietOAK.com
(street parking or park at the garage across from the theatre) 

The Noise Forum has been working collaboratively with Save Our Skies East Bay (SOSEB) and other East Bay community advocacy groups to develop a set of proposals designed to relieve the noise burden created by the FAA's NextGen program. The proposals will be presented to the public and the Noise Forum members, in preparation for their submittal to the FAA.

The FAA needs to hear our voices and complaints at this meeting to demonstrate the importance of both mitigating NextGen noise and giving serious consideration to the changes requested in the proposals. Plan on coming to hear the proposals, and to continue voicing your complaints and opinions. We need to keep showing the FAA how many of us care about this issue. 

If you can't come, send an email with your questions/comments by Monday, January 16 at 5:00 pm to Mike McClintock, Forum Facilitator at GloMike65@aol.com. These emails will be shared with Noise Forum members and the airport noise office for their information. Specific questions will be forwarded for response, as appropriate. Please cc SOSEB at SaveOurSkiesEastBay@gmail.com so that we can track the numbers and types of complaints. 

Thanks to all for your continued participation and support. We hope to see you there! 

Helen, Leslie, Kathryn, Jeff, Bruce, Jim, Peter, Virginia, Michael and Reva
Save Our Skies East Bay


UPDATE:

The FAA is Listening to Our NextGen Complaints 

Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

Are you ready for some upbeat news for 2017? Here it is!

Your airplane noise complaints are really being heard and responded to. They've succeeded in getting the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to the table to seriously work with us. The Oakland Airport-Community Noise Management Forum (Noise Forum) is working collaboratively with Save Our Skies East Bay (SOSEB) and other East Bay community advocacy groups, and is developing a set of proposals designed to relieve us of the NextGen airplane noise burden members of our community have been experiencing. 

The proposals will be presented at the upcoming Noise Forum meeting at the Port of Oakland at Jack London Square on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm. Mark your calendars. Plan on coming to hear the proposals, and to continue voicing your complaints and opinions. We need to keep showing the FAA how many of us care about this issue. 

Oakland Airport-Community Noise Management Forum
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Port of Oakland
Board Room, 2nd Floor
530 Water Street
Oakland's Jack London Square
FlyQuietOAK.com
(street parking or park at the garage across from the theatre)

More good news! The South Bay has been negotiating with San Francisco Airport and the FAA for the past year and a half, and have just become the first area in the country to develop a fix for the noise impacts over their homes. This is a ground-breaking achievement that sets a precedent for other impacted communities. It means there's hope for us. With your help we'll follow in their footsteps. 

We need your support to succeed! The more voices the FAA hears, the more they'll listen! Keep complaining, visit the SOSEB website and Facebook page for updates, and come to the January 18 Noise Forum meeting. 

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to everyone. May next year bring us peace, joy, and quiet skies! 

With gratitude, 

Helen, Leslie, Kathryn, Jeff, Bruce, Jim, Peter, Virginia, Michael, and Reva
Save Our Skies East Bay

SOSEastBay.org
SaveOurSkiesEastBay@gmail.com

(Photo: Asher Langton)

OAKLAND AIRPORT/COMMUNITY NOISE MANAGEMENT FORUM

Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
Port of Oakland, Board Room, 2nd Floor, 530 Water Street 
Oakland's Jack London Square

The Oakland Airport/Community Noise Management Forum (Noise Forum) was created to address community noise concerns and make recommendations to the Port of Oakland's Executive Director on noise related issues at Oakland International Airport (OAK). This critically important meeting is an opportunity for residents who are impacted by excessive airplane noise and air pollution from the FAA's NextGen program to ask questions and communicate their concerns. A representative from the FAA will be present at the meeting and community members are strongly encouraged to attend. For more information, please see the OAK Noise Management Program at FlyQuietOak.com


PAST MEETINGS: 

UPDATE: 

The verbatim transcript of FAA Western-Pacific Regional Administrator Glen Martin's presentation on NextGen-related noise concerns at the October 19, 2016 Oakland Airport-Community Noise Management Forum can be viewed here: 


UPDATE: 

Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

SOSEB would like to thank the East Bay community for submitting questions and comments to the Oakland Airport-Community Noise Management Forum for the FAA. The October 19 Noise Forum meeting was very well-attended (standing-room-only) and adjourned at 9:45 pm. 

Glen Martin, FAA Western-Pacific Regional Administrator, gave a PowerPoint presentation and answered questions on cards from the audience. He discussed three new concentrated NextGen flight paths and procedures that are impacting the East Bay --- HUSSH, WNDSR, and TRUKN. The types of questions that were asked included: 

  • The timeline, proposed routes for noise mitigation, and review process to implement changes
  • Why overflights are concentrated over densely populated residential areas and not San Francisco Bay
  • Are the proposed goals of increased safety, efficiency, and reduced fuel burn being achieved
  • The health and environmental impacts of increased airplane noise and air pollution

The Noise Forum is preparing a transcript of FAA Regional Administrator Martin's presentation and Q&A which will be available in approximately three weeks. We will post the transcript on our website as soon as it becomes available. 

Mr. Martin's PowerPoint can be viewed here:


SOSEB's presentation can be viewed here: 


Thanks to all for your participation. Our voices are stronger together! 

Helen, Leslie, Kathryn, Jeff, Bruce, Jim, Peter, Virginia, Michael, and Reva
Save Our Skies East Bay 

ACTION ALERT! 

Send questions/comments to the Oakland Airport-Community Noise Management Forum 

Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

Glen Martin, the FAA Western-Pacific Regional Administrator, will be making an important presentation at the October 19 Oakland Airport-Community Noise Management Forum on NextGen related noise concerns. We anticipate he will speak to how the FAA plans to address mitigating the inequitable noise shifts NextGen created. This is your opportunity to communicate directly to the FAA and voice your concerns over the increased jet noise that has impacted our East Bay communities. 

The public is invited to submit written questions and comments for FAA Regional Administrator Martin by email prior to the meeting. Please send your questions/comments to Mike McClintock, Forum Facilitator, at GloMike65@aol.com by 5:00 pm, Tuesday, October 18. Also, be sure to cc SOSEB at SaveOurSkiesEastBay@gmail.com in your email. 

Any emailed questions/comments received after 5:00 pm on Tuesday will be included in the public record, but they will not be addressed at the meeting. Cards will be provided at the meeting for written questions/comments by those attending. The meeting agenda is posted here: 


Questions might include asking the FAA for their response to the airport and community-driven noise mitigation proposals they have received, timeline for mitigation, and how they will be working with the Noise Forum and communicating with the public going forward. 

However, the most important thing is to come to the meeting. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors as we need to fill every seat in the room. We know it's the third presidential debate that night, but you can catch up later that evening!

We're looking forward to seeing you there. Thank you all. 

Helen, Leslie, Kathryn, Jeff, Bruce, Jim, Peter, Virginia, Michael, and Reva
Save Our Skies East Bay 


(Photo: Asher Langton)

OAKLAND AIRPORT/COMMUNITY NOISE MANAGEMENT FORUM

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
Port of Oakland, Board Room, 2nd Floor, 530 Water Street 
Oakland's Jack London Square

The Oakland Airport/Community Noise Management Forum (Noise Forum) was created to address community noise concerns and make recommendations to the Port of Oakland's Executive Director on noise related issues at Oakland International Airport (OAK). This critically important meeting is an opportunity for residents who are impacted by excessive airplane noise and air pollution from the FAA's NextGen program to ask questions and communicate their concerns. A representative from the FAA will be present at the meeting and community members are strongly encouraged to attend. For more information, please see the OAK Noise Management Program at FlyQuietOak.com


PAST MEETINGS:


                                                  SPECIAL MEETING OF THE OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 5:00 pm
Oakland City Hall, City Council Chamber, 3rd Floor
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza 
Oakland


***PLEASE COME TO THE OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL MEETING TO SUPPORT THE AIRCRAFT NOISE RESOLUTION***

Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

On Thursday, July 21, 2016 the City of Oakland 'Rules & Legislation Committee' unanimously adopted a resolution requesting the FAA address increased aircraft noise in Oakland from the NextGen program. The Committee also directed Oakland's federal lobbyists to take action in furtherance of the goals stated in this resolution. 

The Oakland City Council must now vote to support the resolution before the City can act on it. If the Council adopts the resolution, this will be a great win for us as our voices will be heard at the federal level. 

The aircraft noise resolution is scheduled for a final vote at a Special Meeting of the Council on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

Committee President Pro Tempore Larry Reid, District 7, specifically requested a large community turnout at this meeting so the Council can hear what it's like to live under the FAA's overhead freeways. 

Your help is still needed! Your voices count! Come to the Council meeting to support the resolution! 

Thanks to Oakland Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington and Pro Tempore Reid, who sponsored the resolution, we are a step closer to addressing the excessive levels of airplane noise that are adversely impacting our communities. 

Special Meeting of the Oakland City Council
Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 5:00 pm
Oakland City Hall
City Council Chamber, 3rd Floor
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland 
(14th St., between Broadway and Clay)

If you plan to speak at the meeting, please sign up for Agenda Item #19, Subject: Aircraft Noise in Oakland, California. 


See you there! 

Save Our Skies East Bay 

UPDATE: 

Please email the Oakland City Councilmembers (cc Save Our Skies East Bay) to support the resolution and thank Vice Mayor Campbell Washington and Pro Tem Reid for introducing it: 


Oakland City Councilmembers

Dan Kalb - District 1

Abel J. Guillen - District 2

Lynette Gibson McElhaney - District 3

Annie Campbell Washington - District 4

Noel Gallo - District 5

Desley Brooks - District 6

Larry Reid - District 7

Rebecca Kaplan - Councilmember At Large

Save Our Skies East Bay

UPDATE: 

The Oakland City Council voted unanimously to adopt the Resolution of the Oakland City Council Requesting the FAA Address Increased Aircraft Noise in Oakland on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. We wish to thank Oakland Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington and President Pro Tem Larry Reid for introducing the resolution in response to constituent concerns, and the Council for its unanimous vote. Many thanks to the Oakland community for sending numerous emails in support of the resolution and attending the meeting. Watch the video recording of the Special Meeting of the Oakland City Council (the resolution starts at 2:23:34 in the video). Read our public comments and letter to the Oakland City Council.


PAST MEETINGS:

Change came to the East Bay, and it's not for the better.
The noise impact may be an irritation to many, but is harm to all.

Particulate Pollution • Increased Coronary Risk
Children's Learning Delays • Real Estate Value Decline

Aircraft Flight Track Data, Before and After East Bay NextGen Changes
HMMH report presented at April 20, 2016 OAK Noise Forum meeting

(Photo: Asher Langton)

OAKLAND AIRPORT/COMMUNITY NOISE MANAGEMENT FORUM

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
Port of Oakland, Board Room, 2nd Floor, 530 Water Street 
Oakland's Jack London Square


The Noise Forum was created to address community noise concerns and make recommendations to the Port of Oakland's Executive Director on noise related issues at OAK. This critically important meeting is an opportunity for residents who are impacted by excessive airplane noise and air pollution from the FAA's NextGen program to ask questions and communicate their concerns. A representative from the FAA will be present at the meeting and community members are strongly encouraged to attend. For more information, please see the OAK Noise Management Program at FlyQuietOak.com

UPDATE: 

The OAK Noise Forum voted unanimously to form a technical subcommittee to address NextGen flight path changes in the East Bay. Save Our Skies East Bay would like to thank the Forum members for responding to community concerns on this issue. The next Forum meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 20 at 6:30 pm and the public is strongly encouraged to attend. 


PAST MEETINGS:

COMMUNITY FORUM ON AIRPLANE NOISE

Thursday, March 31, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm 
Montclair Presbyterian Church, 5701 Thornhill Drive, Oakland

Oakland Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington will co-host a community forum with Save Our Skies East Bay, a local organization of East Bay residents who are concerned about the disproportionate impact of airplane noise from OAK and SFO caused by the FAA's NextGen program. 

This event will be a critical opportunity for residents to learn from experts, see maps of the flight path changes, hear from Port of Oakland staff members familiar with the NextGen changes, and ask questions about the program and its impacts. 

UPDATE: 

Save Our Skies East Bay would like to thank everyone for attending the March 31 Community Forum on Airplane Noise. The videotape from the event will be posted online as soon as it becomes available for those who wish to review the technical presentations and/or were unable to attend the meeting. Please see the following report, "Emotions high at aircraft noise meeting in Montclair" which made front page news in the April 8, 2016 edition of The Montclarion newspaper: http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_29734496/emotions-high-at-aircraft-noise-meeting-montclair 


NextGen paths
(Photo: Ben Shelef)
Map of NextGen flight paths over the East Bay: OAK WNDSR Arrivals (blue line) and SFO TRUKN Departures (green lines)