The Civic Center Advisory Committee (CCAC) has created a green building subcommittee. The subcommittee will focus on green building design, energy efficiency, and what is involved in a Zero Net Energy facility. The committee has defined its initial goals to be discovering what are the options for our new civic center from a green building perspective. This includes understanding the costs and benefits. Zero Net Energy facilities are designed to reduce total facility costs, when you factor in the ongoing operating costs of a facility.
The committee is looking to tap residents with green building interests and experiences to assist the subcommittee in developing ideas. If you are interested please send an email to Theresa DellaSanta at firstname.lastname@example.org
Several months ago I was appointed by the City Council to be one of its representatives on an Ad Hoc Council Committee to study and work to alleviate aircraft noise that mainly results from the advent of Surf Air flying into San Carlos Airport, beginning in June 2013. This committee was originally composed of myself and prior Councilmember Dobbie and now consists of myself and Councilmember Lewis. We have had many meetings with officials at San Carlos Airport, representatives of Surf Air and representatives of the Atherton, Menlo Park and North Fair Oaks communities. This group became an official Working Group with a common focus of reducing noise along the GPS flight path into San Carlos. Among other things, we organized the well attended (110+) community meeting last December at the Pavilion in Holbrook-Palmer Park where Surf Air made a public commitment to vary its flight path by making visual approaches into San Carlos, so that those who live along the GPS flight path would be less subject to the aircraft noise caused by their planes.
Planes are required to use the GPS approach with the weather is such that a pilot cannot see the airport and are able to request a visual, alternate approach whenever the weather is good and they can see the airport. Attached to this message (now posted to the side) is a diagram of the current GPS flight path, with a red highlighted area where the airport believes aircraft noise is the biggest problem.
As you may know, at the its last meeting the Working Group decided to support the San Carlos Airport’s effort to seek approval from the FAA for a new GPS approach into the San Carlos Airport. This new approach would be along the same glide path that is in the attached diagram, but it would be elevated by 500 feet, resulting in a glide path with a 3.77 degree slope, rather than the current 3 degree slope. All of the Working Group participants believed this new approach is worth examining because it might result in reduced noise over the Menlo Park, Atherton and North Fair Oaks neighborhoods. We have been asked to reach out to any and all affected residents to seek supportive letters to the FAA for this elevated GPS approach. Accordingly, attached to this email is a proposed form of letter for you to consider signing to indicate support of this request. Of course, you are welcome to alter this letter in any way that you may prefer.
Please note that the contemplated new approach is one of several efforts to achieve a material reduction in the aircraft noise that you are experiencing. The other potential solutions include the visual approach solution whenever the weather allows and modifications to the Surf Air standard operating procedures by not putting down landing gear until much closer to the airport (and therefore using less power, thereby reducing aircraft noise).
We would appreciate it if you could prepare this letter and send it to the FAA sometime over the next week. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you for your help,
Town of Atherton
84 Clay Drive
Atherton, CA 94027
by Renee Batti / Almanac
(Cross-posted from an expanded version of an earlier Almanac story. Image by Dave Boyce/Almanac.)
Atherton voters gave political newcomer Rick DeGolia a giant thumbs-up on election day, with 62 percent of them backing his bid for a one-year term on the City Council to fill the seat left vacant by Jerry Carlson’s July resignation.
“My name was not known when I started (the campaign), but I built a very strong relationship to a lot of people,” Mr. DeGolia told the Almanac when asked about his sweeping victory in the three-candidate race.
The lack of name recognition is understandable: Before January, Mr. DeGolia hadn’t served on a single town committee or commission, and before the November 2012 election, hadn’t participated significantly in the town’s often-polarized political arena.
By contrast, one opponent — Greg Conlon — has not only served on town committees for nearly 10 years, but also came in a close third in a race for two council seats last year.
The county Elections Office late last week reported Mr. DeGolia winning 1,066 votes (62.2 percent); Mr. Conlon, 357 votes (20.8 percent); and Diane Sandhu, also a relative newcomer to town civic affairs, 290 votes (17 percent). The county will update those figures on Nov. 12, according to the Elections Office website.
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