Regional Issues and Intergovernmental Relations

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Inter-Governmental Relations

The City works to protect Mountain View’s interests through participating in regional, statewide and national agencies and boards. The agencies below address issues of regional concern that strive to balance the interests of the diverse Bay Area. These include but are not limited to the following agencies:

Airplane Noise

Although the City has no direct control over airplane noise as flight issues are under the authority of the Federal Aviation Administration, the City Council has identified the issue as one of its top federal priorities for 2017 and has taken it up with federal officials. 

On July 25, 2017, Representatives Anna Eshoo, Jackie Speier, and Jimmy Panetta released the “FAA Initiative to Address Noise Concerns – Phase Two” report in response to the recommendations submitted by the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals and the SFO Airport/Community Roundtable.  The report updates the second of a three phased approach, known as the NorCal Initiative, that the FAA has implemented to review and respond to community proposals to address the noise concerns in Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco counties. The FAA Initiative response includes recommendations determined to be feasible as well as not feasible from an operational and safety perspective. 

The FAA response report is not final, but an interim report with many recommendations yet to be evaluated. An updated version of this report will be released which further categorize recommendations under evaluation and will include Appendices that will outline the FAA’s decision-making process.  To read the report, click here.  To read a summary of the issues addressed in the FAA's report that could have potential impacts on Mountain View, click here.

On June 28, 2017, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Congressman Jimmy Panetta, and Congressman Ro Khanna transmitted a letter to the Santa Clara County Cities Association, requesting input and suggestions from Santa Clara County Cities, the County of Santa Cruz and Directors of SJC and SFO airports to develop an intergovernmental partnership modeled after the SFO Airport/Community and referred to as the South Bay Airport Roundtable.  The City of Mountain View looks forward to working with the Cities Association, the FAA and SJC to get this regional stakeholders group organized so Mountain View and all cities can have an equal voice on airplane noise issues.  To read the letter, click here.

SFO

Due to increased complaints stemming from changes made by the FAA, the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals was formed in the spring 2016 at the request of Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (18th Congressional District, Santa Clara County),  Congresswoman Jackie Speier (14th Congressional District, San Mateo County) and Congressman Sam Farr (20th Congressional District, Santa Cruz County) and comprised of 4 elected officials from each congressional district to develop regional solutions to address noise from planes landing at SFO. 

The City has worked directly with Congresswoman Eshoo and Supervisor Simitian, who chaired the Select Committee to address aircraft noise concerns. Mountain View sought feedback from the public in October and November of 2016 in order to respond to the Select Committee's DRAFT report to the committee on recommendations.  To learn more, see Mountain View’s Letter to the Select Committee from the City Council.A final Report of the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals was transmitted to the FAA in November 2016, and a response was expected by March 2017, but still has not been provided.  Congresswoman Eshoo issued the following statement on May 17, 2017.

To report San Francisco International Airport Noise, call (650) 821-5100.

Moffett Airfield

Residents may have periodic concerns about noise in and around Moffett. To report Moffett Federal Airfield aircraft noise, or to get more information, please email noise@pv-nuq.com or call (650) 386-0666 (includes recorded information; please leave a message for a return call). To report wind tunnel noise, or to get more information, please call (650) 604-4789 (newsroom number). 

 

Other Airplane Noise

Aircraft noise may also be from flights departing from or arriving at San Jose International Airport.  The City is in contact with the City of San Jose and participated in a regional meeting on the issue. Mountain View supports the creation of a regional stakeholders group to address noise from San Jose International Airport.  Congressman Khanna sent a letter to the FAA requesting changes to address aircraft noise and San Jose is waiting for  response before taking and action on the issue.

If you are not sure which airport is the origin or destination of the aircraft you are hearing, please call the San Francisco International Airport noise number or visit their online flight tracking system. San Francisco International Airport can determine the origin or destination of all air traffic.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has notified the City that the six-month test of the Bayside Visual Approach into San Carlos Airport ended on January 4, 2017. Beginning January 5, 2017, Surf Air resumed flying into the GPS approach into the San Carlos Airport while the FAA completed its operational, community and environmental analysis of the Bayside Visual Approach for effectiveness. The FAA's analysis will include an opportunity for public comment.  In the meantime, additional noise from flights to San Carlos may occur.  The City has sent a letter to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors supporting changes to limit the impact of flights into San Carlos Airport.

If residents have complaints about noise related to SFO or SJC, they should call the following numbers:

San Francisco International Airport Noise
(650) 821-5100
San Jose International Airport Noise
(408) 452-0707

Noise complaints for the San Carlos General Aviation Airport in San Mateo should go to the Noise Complaint Hotline at (844) 266-6266 or online http://www.planenoise.com/sanmateo/tY5Ru4wa/. All noise complaints received are reported to the County's Aviation Subcommittee and the Federal Aviation Administration.

NASA-Ames and Hangar One

The City Manager's Office  coordinates relations with NASA-Ames as an important regional partner. Learn more about NASA's development plans for Moffett by visiting the NASA website  or by calling NASA at (650) 604-5000.

The City also promotes efforts to restore historic Hangar One at Moffett Federal Airfield. In 2013, the General Services Administration (GSA) and NASA began a competitive bid process to restore and reuse Hangar One. On February 10, 2014, GSA and NASA announced Planetary Ventures, LLC was selected to restore Hangar One and manage Moffett Federal Air Field.  On November 10, 2014, NASA signed the sixty-year lease with Planetary Ventures, LLC to manage Moffett Federal Airfield.  The lease includes provisions that the Airfield will be managed in accordance with existing operations and requires the rehabilitation of Hangar One, as well as other provisions.  NASA provides the following webpage for the public to learn more about the lease - “Basic Lease Information.”

Legislative Advocacy

The City Manager's Office coordinates a legislative program focused on protecting the interests of our community and identifying resources available to enhance City services and programs. The City monitors and responds to legislation that is consistent with City principles to protect local revenues, prevent unfunded State mandates, and maintain local control. The City Council and City Manager's Office works closely with Mountain View’s federal and state legislative representatives, as well as with the League of California Cities, to influence policy decisions that affect cities and pressure local control and local funding. Click here for a listing of Federal, State and Local Elected Officials.

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