Those upset about commercial aircraft noise will have an opportunity on Wednesday, June 15, to sound off to the Federal Aviation Administration and hear about activities of a new committee of elected officials appointed to deal with the problem.
The Select Committee On South Bay Arrivals will hold a public forum starting at 6 p.m. in Carrington Hall, the Sequoia High School auditorium at 1201 Brewster Ave. in Redwood City.
This is the second of three meetings being held by the committee, made up of elected officials from three affected counties -- San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz -- and headed by Santa Clara County Supervisor and former state legislator Joe Simitian.
The first meeting, held in May in Santa Cruz, attracted about 650 people, said Portola Valley Councilwoman Ann Wengert, a member of the committee.
That meeting was intended as a listening session for the committee and was "extremely well organized," Ms. Wengert told her Portola Valley council colleagues on June 8.
The meeting began with a "lengthy" preamble by Mr. Simitian, followed by a FAA presentation on a recent feasibility study on noise concerns in the three counties. Then came remarks from local noise-protest groups. The remainder of the three-hour session was taken up by comments and questions from the audience, with each person getting 90 seconds to speak.
The final meeting is set for June 29 in Santa Clara County at a location to be determined.