What Our Community Can Do
For decades our area has enjoyed the proximity and convenience of the beautiful San Francisco International Airport. The jet noise didn't affect us. House-hunters determined the noise wasn't going to be an issue before they "purchased, leased, occupied, or controlled" their site.
In November, 2015, unusual roars from a jet engine were heard in areas of Millbrae, Burlingame, Hillsborough, and San Mateo. People assumed there was a temporary runway issue.
Over the next few months, it became apparent that the runway noise wasn't likely to go away. The degree of the runways' jet engines' volume and frequency was something new. Complaints to the airport about the intolerable noise produced no pertinent information and no help.
Community meetings were held, cases were filed in San Mateo County small claims court, online chat rooms bemoaned the noise disturbance, and two rounds of small claims court hearings were held in 2018 and 2019 (see "Two Puzzling Verdicts" below).
Not only has the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) not acknowledged its legal responsibilities to reduce the effect of aircraft noise on the surrounding community,
but the audible nighttime jet engine testing ("ground run-ups") resumed after a hiatus of many, many years, far louder and more frequent than before.
Our community goal is to pressure CCSF to abide by the law and acknowledge responsibility "for planning and implementing action designed to reduce the effect of noise on residents of the surrounding area", such as "improvements in airport design and noise abatement ground procedures".
With enough community forces filing small claims cases against CCSF, we can succeed. The more people who join, the more financial pressure we can exert.