Updated June 15, 2019

The Federal Aviation Authority mandated that airports install long runway sections comprised of a material* that stops planes in trouble. The use of the new runway configurations began in 2014 or 2015. Perhaps there was a change in jet blast barriers (type and position) during and after this project?

*Engineered Material Arresting System - In SFO's case, possibly 4-foot square blocks of crushable concrete aggregate filled with foam
Above image - date unknown
Since SFO repeatedly rejected my requests to talk with someone who was knowledgeable about the airport's runway changes, the following is conjecture.
Guess #1:  Planes on the runways that face Oakland now start their "run up" (with the brakes on) 400 feet farther away from the highway before they start their "takeoff roll". Perhaps the sound barriers that diverted the "back blast" noise up until the end of 2015/beginning of 2016 were replaced with a different back blast  barrier that's no longer diverting the noise? Perhaps NO back blast barriers were re-instated since the jets are now 400 feet away from the Bayshore?
Note: airports rarely use the term "sound barriers".
Guess #2:

side blast

Construction paralleling 
the runways facing Oakland seen below. (Date unknown.) Is it possible
the sideblast deflects off the building?

The security barrier running along Bayshore Highway now

Plane taking off to the right
Departure noise
Jets "side blast" on takeoff
Departure noise
Guess #3: Is it possible that the side blast from the jets taking off on runways 28 no longer have an effective sound barrier between us and them?
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