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Efforts aimed at reducing noise in the skies above Portola Valley, Ladera and Woodside as commercial aircraft head into San Francisco International Airport were dealt a setback recently by a three-judge panel in the U. S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. A related development, however, may give cause for optimism. Comment?
A committee tasked with recommending ways to reduce airplane noise over the Midpeninsula voted last week in favor of a new flight path similar to one in place before March 2015, when the Federal Aviation Administration changed it. The Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals voted to recommend improvements but not to eliminate the FAA's NextGen system, which has been causing loud and incessant flights over Palo Alto, Mountain View, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and other cities from the coast to the bay. Comment?
When Joe Simitian ran for state Senate in 2004 he discovered that his district "resembled an old-fashioned telephone handset," as he described it at the time. One end encompassed Midpeninsula communities, including his home base of Palo Alto, where he was deeply rooted and well-known. Comment?
The housing crisis in our communities is both an economic challenge and a threat to sustainability. It is defined by the rapid escalation of home prices and rents; it displaces longtime residents; it drives urban sprawl; and it is rooted in the imbalanced growth of jobs without adequate housing for our community. Comment?
Residents from Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties wait to get inside the Mountain View Center of Performing Arts for Federal Aviation Administration's meeting on aircraft noise. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Justice. Comment?
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