The question has been asked “What has CLASS accomplished”?
The answers can best be found by pointing out things that have NOT happened as well those that have. The noise we all experienced between September 11th and 25th during the runway 30 overlay project is a great example. Without the restriction on jet departures from the north field that CLASS and the city of Alameda negotiated in 2002, this level of aircraft noise would be more common for Bay Farm Island and Alameda residents. Thankfully, it is not the norm.
In the late 1990’s the airport was considering plans to lengthen the north field runways to allow commercial air carrier operations which would have had a devastating impact on the quality of life in Bay Farm and Alameda. CLASS opposed the north field runway expansion and it did not happen. The airport had plans to extend Runway 30 by 2,500 feet to allow even larger, fully loaded aircraft to operate from the Oakland airport. CLASS opposed the Runway 30 expansion and it did not happen. The airport had plans for a massive cargo facility expansion. CLASS opposed this expansion and this too did not happen.
So what has CLASS done lately? We got the night time quiet hour period extended an additional hour from 7:00 am to 8:00 am. We have provided data to the Port that indicates the compliance rate with our agreement is not what it should be and we are taking steps to encourage the Port to reverse that trend. We are active participants in a group that has submitted detailed proposals for changes to Air Traffic Control procedures in the Bay Area that will reduce noise for Bay Farm and Alameda residents. The FAA has already implemented one of those proposals that reduced early turns of aircraft over western Alameda and Oakland.
Prior to the settlement agreement that CLASS and the City negotiated with the Port of Oakland, the citizens of Alameda had virtually no say in the impact the Oakland Airport has on our community. Now, through their CLASS and City representatives, Alameda residents have a seat at the table through knowledgeable, dedicated, volunteers who stay informed on technical issues, consistently attend meetings, and speak on behalf of the community.
CLASS thanks you for your support.