Ann Wengert, a member of the Portola Valley Town Council, is one of 12 local elected officials named to a new committee formed to "develop regional solutions" on issues related to the noise of arriving commercial aircraft as they approach San Francisco International Airport.
The formation of the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals reflects the collaboration of U.S. Congressional representatives Anna Eshoo (D-Menlo Park), Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo), and Sam Farr (D-Santa Cruz), according to an April 4 statement from Ms. Eshoo's office.
San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine is also on the committee, as is East Palo Alto City Councilman Larry Moody and Joe Simitian, who represented parts of San Mateo County in Sacramento for years and who is now a Santa Clara County supervisor.
The committee, with four appointees from each of the three Congressional districts in the South Bay region, will build on the work of previous aircraft noise-related efforts, will accept input from the public, will review proposals from the Federal Aviation Administration, and will make recommendations, primarily concerning aircraft passing over South Bay communities, the statement said.
"Establishment of this Select Committee is a critical step to address airplane noise that is plaguing our constituents," Ms. Eshoo said in the statement. "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."