Wednesday: Second public meeting on airport noise


A second public meeting to help San Mateo County gauge the public's feelings about noise connected with the San Carlos Airport will be held in Redwood City on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fair Oaks Community Center, 2600 Middlefield Road.

Supervisor Warren Slocum will host the meeting, which is part of a study the Board of Supervisors approved in March. An earlier meeting was held in Atherton in August.

The study was prompted by a barrage of public complaints about airport-related noise that began soon after Surf Air started using the airport in June 2013. The airline offers unlimited flights for a monthly fee and currently has as many as 44 scheduled flights a day using the airport.

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Posted by Steve Wallace
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Sep 13, 2016 at 2:56 pm

Airplanes overhead? I have lived in University Heights for over forty years. Planes have been going over my house every day: Small single engine planes, helicopters, surveillance planes from Moffett, large and small jets bound for SFO and most anything else that can fly. Yes, Surf Air is new but get with it people, we do not live in eastern Oregon, we live in a bubble that is know as Silicon Valley. So we have to listen to Surf Air for maybe fifteen seconds at at a time. I'm sorry. Get used to it.

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Posted by Adores
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Sep 14, 2016 at 12:35 pm

It never ceases to amaze me why people who have no problem with noise feel the need to comment on articles like this. If it doesn't bother you, that's great. No need to comment. However, for those of us that it DOES bother, it's a big deal. Whether or not there is noise doesn't affect you, so please don't chastise those who do have an issue with it. Why should you care? Just move along.

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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 14, 2016 at 1:51 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.


we understand it bothers you. It's just that those who are bothered are a tiny minority of people living here and yet are demanding that things be changed to satisfy them.

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Posted by Per
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 14, 2016 at 3:07 pm

at menlovoter - thank you!

I am very tired at extremely entitled people who feel that they are the only one's who opinion matters. Sorry, it is a very small % of the population that complains about plane noise. At SFO 350k complaints came from the same 2k people. So not very representative. We all experience noise and we can ALL have opinions about it. I have airplanes over my house all the time as well. If outside I may look up and see what kind of plane it is, then I go about my day. What I do not do is incessantly complain that I do no live in bubble of silence. This is the 4th largest Metro Area in the country and we are situated between 2 int'l airports, 2 minor one's and Moffatt, and a Major Hospital that takes helicopters. All those airports and the hospital predate most of the houses in the area.

Honestly what did you people expect?


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Posted by Reality Check
a resident of another community
on Sep 14, 2016 at 3:59 pm

I don't see what the big deal is either.

I find some of the endless reader comment threads on this topic alternately tiresome and entertaining ... even hyperbolic at times.

We've always had airplane traffic overhead. I grew up in Menlo, but recall the at-times nearly constant Navy P3 Orion traffic over parts of Mountain View and Sunnyvale.

Life must be pretty good for those who have the time and energy to get themselves into a lather about airplanes passing overhead from time to time.

First world problems of the affluent.

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Posted by Arthur
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Sep 14, 2016 at 4:15 pm

@ Adores. I'm with you! Just because there are people who think noise is acceptable, doesn't make them right. I wish they would educate themselves on the negative health impacts of noise--they are considerable and even if people think they don't notice the noise, it still is bad for one's health.

The Peninsula is plagued with airplane noise, not just from Surf Air, but from the FAA's absurd change of flight routes. And to those who say the airports were there there first--those route changes are new and the FAA's changes are causing complaints all along the new routes. But if the changes line some peoples pockets with money, that's considered progress by some. What heck if there are people who suffer from it.

No response is required to my comment--I've hear it all before, Menlo voter and all!

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Posted by Westbrook
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Sep 14, 2016 at 5:22 pm

Westbrook is a registered user.

My guess is Surf Air won't be flying to many flights over the meeting location tonight,

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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 14, 2016 at 6:24 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

Personally, I refuse to be subject to the tyranny of a minority of people. I don't
think anyone else should be subject to it either.

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Posted by Menlo resident
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 15, 2016 at 6:13 am

What possible motive could someone have to comment on this forum that noise is no big deal unless they are either a customer or investor of surf air?

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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 15, 2016 at 7:04 am

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

Menlo resident:

I am neither a customer nor investor in Surfair. I am just tired of a small minority of self entitled people thinking the world should change because they want it to.

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