Updated November 10, 2019
How to Get Started
Following the success of previous airport noise issues (NOT OVERHEAD FLIGHTS), we are 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 binder that will guide you in many ways; you may read your testimony instead of memorizing it; you may have a friend with you; it's a lot easier and more relaxed than you think.
A 3- or 4-month wait from first forms to a small claims appearance....
Please mention on the forms if you smell fuel 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 papers with a stamped envelope.
When 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 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
SMALL CLAIMS FORMS AND COMPLETE THEM AS YOU SEE FIT.