Updated December 31, 2019
How to Get Started
Following the 1981success of quelling previous airport noise issues in small claims court (NOT OVERHEAD FLIGHTS), we are again putting pressure on the airport's owners, the City and County of SF, who are responsible for ground noise.
By filing claims (repeatedly, if necessary) in the San Mateo County small claims department, the City of San Francisco will ideally investigate and remediate whatever caused this dramatic change in runway noise volume that began in late 2015/early 2016.
To date the small claims court has had us appear in groups; you will receive a helpful booklet before your appearance; you may read your testimony instead of memorizing it; you may have a friend with you; it's a lot easier and more informal than you think.
There's a 3- or 4-month wait from first forms to a small claims appearance....
Please mention on the forms if you smell fuel or experience vibrations or rattling that you believe may be from the airport.
Option #1 (preferred) - Print and fill out the 3 simple forms below. Mail to (or drop off):
825 Barroilhet Drive, Hillsborough, CA 94010
Please include a $65 check (made out to San Mateo County
Superior Court) for one person, $90 to file jointly. Write your address on
the check if it's not already there, please.
Option #2 - Email to receive the 3 papers with a stamped envelope.
After your initial documents are received, the long, slow process begins of submitting the claim to the City of San Francisco and waiting for the City to send you (via us) the final documents. It can take two months before your claim is ready to be submitted to the Redwood City small claims department, and another two months to appear on the scheduled date.
ADVANTAGES OF FILING JOINTLY
If you and your spouse are in agreement regarding the airport runway noise issue, you both may file one claim for a $90 fee.
Ensure both names and signatures are on all forms where indicated.
On your appearance day, at least one of you needs to be present.
NOTE: MUCH OF THE ABOVE FORMS HAS ALREADY BEEN FILLED OUT FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE.
YOU ARE UNDER NO LEGAL OBLIGATION TO USE THESE FORMS. YOU MAY DOWNLOAD YOUR OWN
SAN MATEO COUNTY SMALL CLAIMS FORMS AND COMPLETE THEM AS YOU SEE FIT.
IF YOU'RE COMFORTABLE WITH THE IDEA, YOU ARE ALLOWED TO FILL OUT TWO CLAIMS A YEAR FOR
UP TO $10,000. If you file with us, you're more likely to get a group appearance.