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Residents Spoke at Council Meeting 01/09/2018

posted Jan 10, 2018, 8:20 PM by Admin SaveMySunnySky Group   [ updated Jan 10, 2018, 9:06 PM ]

Video Link (Oral Communication starting at time 14:35)

Happy New Year!

New year, new plan, new action. 

The year 2017 was a year when we woke up and got organized. Last year was also a year filled with meetings, protests, letters, poster, flyers. Last year, we grew our groups effectively and we organized better and better working on this issue. 

Thank you everyone! Every little thing you have done on the cause of 'Restoring Our Calm Skies' added up to a big change to coming! Nice job!

In the new year, we will not just be responding, reacting, instead we will try to be more aggressive tackling this issue. 

Let's keep up the spirit!

Below is the great speech our heroin made at the Council Meeting 01/09/2018:



"Sunnyvale City Council members, I’d like to thank you all for your dedicated service to our city.

I am here representing the more than 500 members of the Sunnyvale Airplane noise group coalition.

During the past two years, there have been major airplane flight path changes over Sunnyvale.  Residents are enraged and concerned.  These newly formed flight paths seriously impact the quality of life for tens of thousands of Sunnyvale residents. 

When we moved to Sunnyvale, we made decisions based on the existing flight paths in the area.  Now flight paths that have been in existence for many years are being shifted & concentrated directly over homes that were not previously impacted.  On rainy days, some Sunnyvale neighborhoods have over 200 flights flying overhead on a daily basis.

Flight paths from alternate cities have been shifted over to Sunnyvale, and there is pressure to continue this shifting of airplane noise. 

Palo Alto has hired an aviation consultant and a Washington lobbyist; San Mateo County voted to approve 1 million dollars to solve their airplane noise issue.  Other cities are expending extensive resources and money to protect their residents, and these efforts are paying off.  At least one flight path has already been shifted from the peninsula cities over to Sunnyvale. 

We fear that if Sunnyvale does not step up to the plate, our city could easily become an airplane dumping ground.

We appreciate our cities efforts so far. Mayor Hendricks and councilman Larry Klein have worked hard on this issue. But we ask that Sunnyvale city council and staff become more engaged in solving our airplane noise issue, as have other Bay Area cities. We need the formal support of the full council in order to effectively tackle this problem.

Other cities have taken a very active role in shifting their noise to other neighborhoods & to cities like Sunnyvale.  A lack of engagement by Sunnyvale at this time, could set precedence for future noise shifting over our city.   Sunnyvale cannot wait any longer to tackle this issue, or to simply sit idle.  

We ask for the Sunnyvale City Council to consider a study issue regarding the airplane noise issue.  At this time, we request no disposition from Council. 

At the next Council meeting on Jan 23rd, we will present a more detailed study issue request. We hope you will give your support for sponsorship at that meeting. 

The airplane noise issue is very important to many residents, and we respectfully ask the city to take a more active role in the future.   

In the meantime, we thank the council and mayor for their time regarding this matter.  "


CALL For Action: Oct21/22 Poster & Flyer Event @ Sunnyvale Library

posted Oct 20, 2017, 9:47 AM by Admin SaveMySunnySky Group   [ updated Oct 20, 2017, 9:50 AM ]

Dear All,

The FAA BVA public comment closes on Oct 27 (only a few days away)!

We would like to organize a third Poster & Flyer in front of Sunnyvale Library this weekend, to let more people to write to FAA in objection to BVA. We know that Congressman Ro Khanna, Supervisor Dave Cortese and Mayor Glenn Hendricks all have written to FAA in objection to BVA, but in the end, we want our people to write too, since only that counts into the environmental evaluation by FAA.

If you can spare some time this weekend for this cause, please join us!

Even if you cannot be there for the 2 hour slot, please mention that in your comment, even 30 minutes would be a big relieve for other volunteers!

The signup link is here :

https://goo.gl/forms/5BM9lIHf9VumqQQ42

For more info please visit:


Thanks and Regards,

Tony

Like us: Save My Sunny Sky Facebook Page Is Here!

posted Oct 1, 2017, 3:45 PM by Admin SaveMySunnySky Group

Save My Sunny Sky Facebook Page Is Here!

Please like us!

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1854356308209531


Action Needed - Call for Attending 9/27 FAA Workshop on BVA for Surf Air Arrivals @San Jose

posted Sep 22, 2017, 7:51 AM by Admin SaveMySunnySky Group

Call for Attending 9/27 FAA Workshop on BVA for Surf Air Arrivals @San Jose

Date: September 27th, 2017
Time: 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Location: Isaac Newton Senter Auditorium
County Government Center
70 W. Hedding St
San Jose, CA 95110

FAA Workshop on Bayside Visual Approach for Surf Air arrivals into San Carlos Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is hosting a Community Involvement Workshop to discuss approach options for Encompass/Surf Air arrivals into San Carlos Airport (SQL). The is FAA's 'Community Involvement Workshop' so that means they want to hear us. And we should make our message clear and loud: We Oppose BVA! We are against the unfair noise shifting!

This is another critical meeting for our group mission to calm down our skies.  Once the BVA is permanent, there is no way to avoid more and more flights over our heads. And FAA is looking at all-weather BVA now(Meaning no matter the bay is clear or not, airplanes can take BVA over us)!

Please wear our SaveMySunnySky T-shirt if you can make it to the meeting, or any orange colored shirt to show our solidarity. If you want to order one  SaveMySunnySky T-shirt at the cost price, please indicate so in your response.

If you need carpool arrangement, please leave your immediate contact information so we can reach to you. All personal info will be confidential and destroyed after the event.

Feel free to share the link of this sign up form to anyone you know, the link is:
 
https://goo.gl/forms/ZMTNRp6iCMvUUiO02  (Carpool ,T-Shirt, and Parking Map inside)

And we have a NextDoor Announcement link, please consider forwarding that to your neighbors as well:

https://serrapark.nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=64676527

Message From James Webb, Jr. (SJC Director Assistant)

posted Sep 15, 2017, 6:46 PM by Tony Guan

Dear Community Stakeholder:

 

In case you did not see the September 11, 2017 meeting the San José City Council’s Transportation and Environment Committee, the Committee unanimously adopted the Airport Commission’s and staff’s recommendation to form the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on South Flow Arrivals. The Committee adopted all of the Airport staff’s recommendations and parameters contained in the staff report. If approved by the City Council, the Committee’s charge will be to:

 

1.      Gather input, concerns, and comments from the general public on the south flow issue.

2.     Identify and discuss possible options to address the procedure’s noise impacts.

3.     Recommend potential “feasible” options for FAA consideration.   

 

The parameters of the Committee would be as follows:

 

ü Focus will be on the south flow issue only.

ü The Committee will sunset after 120 days.

ü The Committee will not adopt any recommendations that will impact a community not represented on the Committee.

ü Every city in Santa Clara County and the County of Santa Clara will be invited to join the Committee. Each jurisdiction will be welcome to appoint one elected official and one alternate elected official. 

ü Each jurisdiction participating on the Committee will have one vote.

ü At least 2/3rds of members would be needed to adopt a recommendation.

ü The FAA will have the sole authority to determine the “feasibility” of any proposed recommendations.

ü A final report with “preliminary feasible” recommendations would be shared with FAA and Congressional offices for their information and review.

 

This item will next be reviewed by the full City Council on October 3. In the event you have not seen the staff report and attachments, you will find a copy of the Transportation and Environment Committee agenda at the following link: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/71420. The Ad Hoc Committee item is item (d)3 of the Committee’s agenda.

 

The October 3rd Council meeting will begin at 1:30. However, the Ad Hoc Committee item will NOT be the sole or first item for Council review. Council will follow its agenda and the Ad Hoc Committee item will be reviewed in the order it appears on the agenda. We will provide you with a copy of the October 3 agenda once it has been published.

 

I hope you find this information helpful.

 

Mineta San Jose International Airport | Silicon Valley's Airport

James Webb, Jr. | Assistant to the Director


Mineta San José International Airport
1701 Airport Blvd. Ste B-1130, San José, CA 95110

A Big Step Forward - Ad Hoc Committee Approved by TEC San Jose on 9/11/2017!

posted Sep 12, 2017, 9:37 AM by Admin SaveMySunnySky Group   [ updated Sep 13, 2017, 7:20 PM by Tony Guan ]

Many thanks to people who showed up in the TRANSPORTATION AND ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE meeting today (9/11/2017)!  There were around 20 residents showing up in the meeting from Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Mountain View and Los Altos, considering it was a weekday afternoon, and most of the people could not make it due to work, this turnout was more than just excellent!


Below is a record of the meeting:
http://sanjose.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=51&clip_id=9916

And the San Jose is really being transparent that EVERY single letter from residents are also published here:

http://www.sanjoseca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/71420

From links below, we can see they have received numerous emails from residents supporting the formation of the Ad hoc SJC South Flow Committee:
http://sanjose.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?meta_id=655870
http://sanjose.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?meta_id=655872
http://sanjose.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?meta_id=655874
http://sanjose.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?meta_id=656135

And the result is just as expected, it was approved! So we are off to a resolution soon!

At the video record position 1:51:00, Robert from Mountain View presented his observation from the historical data, that SJC south flow flight path has indeed shifted 2 miles west to where it is today.
 
 
 
 
 Sunnyvale Residents Speaking:

 Cupertino City Representative Speaking:

Cupertino City Representative Speaking


The proposal was passed unanimously!
SJC South Flow Ad Hoc Committee Approved Unanimously!


Listen to it, draw your own conclusion, and leave no room for you to regret in the future!

One thing for sure, without everyone's hard work, none of this could happen. Let keep standing together, fighting together until the problem is fixed!

Thanks.

Team (Save My Sunny Sky)

Call For Attending the 9/11/2017 Meeting (SJC Transportation and Environment Committee)

posted Sep 8, 2017, 9:12 AM by Admin SaveMySunnySky Group

Dear All,

If you have some time next Monday afternoon, please consider showing up in the SJC Transportation and Environment Committee meeting. This meeting will be a critical point for all of our endeavor in calming down our skies.

Please sign up if you are planning to go, we can arrange carpool if necessary:

https://goo.gl/forms/MuepfN3Mcn46FfYF3

Details:

When: Monday, Sept 11 at 2:00 pm (Till 3:15pm)
Where: Wing 118-120 at San Jose City Hall (200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113)
Why:
Ad-Hoc Advisory Committee on South Flow Arrivals (Agenda d.3)
Following a unanimous recommendation by the Airport Commission in February to form an Ad-Hoc Committee, Airport staff drafted a report on the proposed committee, and is scheduled to be reviewed by the San Jose City Council’s Transportation and Environment Committee (T&E) on September 11. Information on attending the T&E Committee can be found at:
http://www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=429
A copy of the report can be found at:
http://sanjose.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?meta_id=653168
Pending approval of staff's report on the Ad-Hoc Committee, the report will reviewed by the San Jose City Council at their October 3rd meeting.

This is a critical meeting for our group mission to calm down our skies.

Please wear our SaveMySunnySky T-shirt if you can make it to the meeting, or any ORANGE colored shirt to show our solidarity.

If you need carpool arrangement, please leave your immediate contact information so we can reach to you. All personal info will be confidential and destroyed after the event.


Feel free to share the link of this sign up form to anyone you know, the signup link is:

https://goo.gl/forms/MuepfN3Mcn46FfYF3

Team
http://SaveMySunnySky.org

Monday 8/14/2017 6pm – San Jose Airport Commissioners Meeting

posted Aug 7, 2017, 8:18 PM by Admin SaveMySunnySky Group   [ updated Aug 7, 2017, 8:42 PM ]

On Monday 8/14, the SJC Commission Meeting will be held, and the the Noise Committee Round Table (Letter from Congress representatives) will be discussed. We call for people to show up to support the formation of the round table to start address the noise issue as early as possible.

Time: Aug 14, 2017, 18:00
Address: San Jose Airport, 1701 Airport Boulevard, Suite B-1130

Agenda (link: http://flysanjose.com/sites/default/files/2017-08/Aug17_Agenda.pdf)
IV. A. Approve the Minutes for the Regular Meeting of May 8, 2017
V. A. Update on Commission Recommendation to Form an Advisory Noise Committee
V. B. Noise Reports: Monthly Noise Summary
...

If you decide to show up, please try to wear 'Save My Sunny Sky' T-shirt or something Orange to show solidarity, thanks!

For more info, please visit http://savemysunnysky.org or join our Google Group for more discussions: http://group.savemysunnysky.org

Joint Letter to Cities Association RE South Bay Airport Roundtable 06280-P2

[Mercury News]Sunnyvale residents join protest against airplane noise at San Carlos Airport - the Story from Sunnyvale

posted Jun 30, 2017, 5:53 PM by Admin SaveMySunnySky Group


http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/06/29/sunnyvale-group-joins-protest-against-airplane-noise-at-san-carlos-airport/http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/06/29/sunnyvale-group-joins-protest-against-airplane-noise-at-san-carlos-airport/

Surf Air found the BVA very good for San Mateo residents:
"The six-month trial ended in January, and according to a statement released Wednesday from Surf Air, the results of the trial “found the routing had a noticeable and positive impact on residents living around San Carlos Airport.”
The company stated it will continue to use the route and to work with the Federal Aviation Administration on alternative flight paths. Surf Air might also increase flight altitude over Sunnyvale and reduce the use of engine power to dampen the noise."

Our Mayor is ready to give more feedback on their new 'mitigation measurements, without saying anything about BVA:

"Hendricks said in a phone interview with this newspaper he agrees with the proposed solution of planes flying higher, but wants more information from Surf Air on specifics, particularly a timeline to alert residents.
“Sunnyvale’s objective is for Sunnyvale to be a consideration in the success criteria in any decision or mitigations that occur,” he said. “We are very appreciative of any efforts to actually cause aircraft to fly higher, but we are looking for more information on if they are going to do that and when it’s going to start so people can know that if it’s gotten better or not and then we can give feedback.”"

So it appears that, Surf Air is trying different ways to solve their own problems by pushing more flights to over Sunnyvale, and Sunnyvale is kind enough to be a eager QA for that anything coming.

When residents can see the situation is getting worse and worse:

"... but residents’ concern that the company’s use of the route could set a precedent, leading to similar flight services utilizing the same route to San Carlos in the future.

“We want to be represented, and Sunnyvale isn’t being represented in this. They have effectively transferred noise from one community to another community,”


Comments:

Well, I cannot think of any better way to be 'represented', from the County? from the City? Or purely by the residents? What if all our representative asks for is "please be gentle when you do this to me next time?"

Why the need to be so polite to the robbers??? Where is the courage to say the right things? Where is the push back?

At this point, a lawsuit is possibly a more effective resort, and more protests maybe needed. Let's see how hot it can reach until someone really gets fired up.

Join us to have a stronger voice, and to take some actions:

http://savemysunnysky.org
http://group.savemysunnysky.org

Thank You Everyone For the Protest against Surf Air On June 17!

posted Jun 17, 2017, 9:54 PM by Admin SaveMySunnySky Group   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 6:28 PM ]


A BIG thank you to all of the Sunnyvale residents who participated in the Surf Air protest at San Carlos Airport on June 17.

More than 80 residents of Sunnyvale, Cupertino, and San Mateo County gathered at the San Carlos Airport on Saturday morning (June 17, 2017) to protest the rapid increase in Surf Air flights arriving and departing from that airport.  SurfAir flies very noisy turbo prop planes (the Swiss-made PC-12), and airplanes approaching the San Carlos airport are at low altitude (<3000ft), even as far out as Sunnyvale.  This combination of frequent, loud, low Surf Air flights has resulted in a sky-rocketing of complaints to the San Carlos airport.

Demonstrators gathered holding signs that included the phrases "No Fair! No More Surf Air",  "Stop Dumping On Sunnyvale",  and “Sunnyvale Says Surf Air Must Go!”. 
Approximately 40 Sunnyvale & Cupertino residents and another 40 San Mateo County residents voiced their discontent and solidarity during the protest – Chanting phrases like “No More Surf Air” and “Go Away Surf Air”.  Many of the Sunnyvale and Cupertino protesters wore orange as a symbol of unity and solidarity against the issues associated with Surf Air at the San Carlos Airport.
San Mateo County residents and Sunnyvale/Cupertino residents do have common ground on many Surf Air and San Carlos Airport issues. Sunnyvale and San Mateo county residents both agree that commercial airlines, such as Surf Air, have no place at small local airports like the San Carlos Airport.  Noise, number of flights, curfews, and other issues affect large parts of the Bay Area and many places other than just San Mateo County where the airport is located.  These residents also agree in the critical need and in their support for the implementation of a curfew at the San Carlos Airport.
There is clear contention between San Mateo County residents and Sunnyvale residents regarding the Bayside Visual Approach (BVA), which has transferred the Surf Air flight path (and airplane noise) from the peninsula residents to Sunnyvale residents – Effectively transferring airplane noise from one community to another.  It is critical that decisions on flight path, noise, and number of flights must take a regional approach – the impact goes far beyond San Mateo County near the San Carlos Airport.
A Sunnyvale resident present at the protest commented:  “This new flight path over Sunnyvale is an example of the rich San Mateo county residents in communities like Atherton, Palo Alto, and Menlo Park pushing the problems outside their county.  This should not be allowed.”
We hope that Sunnyvale’s strong attendance at the protest will signal to Surf Air and San Mateo County officials that Sunnyvale residents will not rest until this issue is addressed with consideration for Sunnyvale, Cupertino, and other impacted residents.  Sunnyvale City Officials received absolutely no notice when the initial BVA (Bay Visual Approach) proposal was considered for San Mateo County.  Despite the distance and time commitment for Sunnyvale residents to attend the protest, they turned out in force with creative signs, slogans, and even sidewalk protest art!!  Sunnyvale and Cupertino should not be disregarded in the desire to find an effective solution for all impacted communities.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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