SAY NO TO LIVERMORE, CA (LVK) AIRPORT EXPANSION and REDUCE THE NOISE
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Livermore Airport Alert - New Stealth Development without Citizen Notification - Take Action
Alert: Livermore has decided to look at options for further development without notifying the community and working with them.
At the February Airport Commission meeting – the city unveiled this (and NOT ON THE AGENDA!), they have already been working with developers, businesses, and pilots.
The city has 1000’s of resident emails addresses and names from the petition and other input on airport issues – and by their actions to date – have made it clear that they were not planning to proactively notify the citizens for input into this critical land use development. There is a stakeholder meeting in February on the schedule – BUT NO ONE EVEN KNOWS THIS WHOLE PROCESS IS HAPPENING. The City made the decision to not notify the citizens -- and ignore our input and feedback on the development of the airport.
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Send an email and demand that the citizens have a majority say in the future development of the airport! Contact our city council member.
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Mr. Cardwell, Livermore City Council
It has come to our attention that the largest stakeholders in the Livermore Airport Development –the citizens - have NOT been notified of the upcoming new development option investigation – and hence not able to provide timely input into the new options. This came up as an “Unnamed topic” in the last Airport Commission meeting – no notification of this the contents of this agenda item. Our understanding is that businesses, pilots, airport members, and other stakeholders have been consulted – but the biggest stakeholder – the Citizens of Livemore and the tri-valley have not been notified or consulted.
Simply posting on an airport website is not acceptable. It smells of under the table dealings to push an agenda without proper citizen input. What else is being hidden?
The city needs to immediately:
- Proactively notify the citizens of the Trivalley and include them as stakeholders prior to any further work.
Utilize the 1000’s of names and letters, petitions, email addresses the city already has – and notify the residents. They are available in the 2023 Airport Development comments, emails, and petitions
Utilize the airport email list that already exists for 20 years
Publicize in the appropriate media
- Be transparent and provide the list of all businesses, stakeholders, and other meetings that have already happened, including all input, minutes
- Concerns are around airport policy, land use, safety, environmental issues and want to provide input around all of these and other issues. Please add me to the airport notification list.
- Put in place a proper stakeholder input process that involves the community, is transparent, and meets the ethically and inclusive standards of Livermore.
The largest stakeholder are the citizens.
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SAY NO TO LIVERMORE AIRPORT EXPANSION
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Livermore Airport Citizen's Group (LACG) is an organization comprised of concerned Tri-Valley residents. The group is dedicated to helping residents in Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton have a voice in the decision making process for Livermore airport expansion plans.
LACG's objectives are two fold
1) Stop expansion of Livermore airport which includes addition of new Fixed Base Operators (FBOs)/Large Jet Operations
2) Alleviate noise and flight path concerns of residents by working on a community outreach program with local small plane pilots.
WHY ARE WE OPPOSING EXPANSION?
FIXED BASE OPERATORS (FBO) AND LARGE JET APPROVAL COME WITH NO LIMITS
As LVK is a public use airport the number of flights, time of flight etc cannot be restricted. Preventing a new FBO is the only way to stop further expansion. Once approved the carrier gets to decide if they want to follow guidelines voluntarily or change their mind at a later date.
Other carriers may also follow once the FBO is built and there is nothing that can be done to stop this once approval goes through. Currently even though B737s are allowed at the airport, no B737s or other large jets call LVK their home due to lack of hangars, maintenance facilities etc. The approval aims to change just that. Once facilities are built, Livermore may become an attractive option compared to OAK or SJC.
There are plenty of studies showing ill effect of noise on people, especially our children. The 737s have tested at 89 DBs which is higher than city, state and CEQA limits. 89 DBs is considered as harmful to humans. As there are no restrictions on number of flights that could be imposed we could be subjected to this throughout the day and weekend. The California noise control act sets noise above 80 DBs as considered harmful to humans. Click here for a study showing effects of noise pollution.
PROPERTY VALUES WILL SUFFER IF LIVERMORE AIRPORT BECOMES A HIGH TRAFFIC AIRPORT
Several studies have shown negative correlation between property values and growth of an airport. On average property values decreased 5-9% and sometimes by larger amounts. While the charter company is able to save and increase their profits the taxpayer will suffer by losing value on her/his home, a major investment for many. The airport commission being a public interest organization is planning without input of residents who will be most impacted by this change
FOLLOWING FLIGHT PATH AND NOISE MANAGEMENT
It is very clear that the airport's approach towards resident's concern of noise management is "live with it". Even though flight paths clearly showing neighborhoods to be avoided has been established years ago it is rarely followed or enforced. Noise abatement measures, noise studies, proactively working with residents to make our towns more pleasant is virtually non existent. The airport meeting minutes speak for themselves. We have requested help but there has been zero outreach from the airport to mitigate current issues.
If Livermore airport is unable to manage noise for a small number of planes and keep the neighborhoods pleasant, how can we trust them to manage larger jets which can have a worse impact on quality of life?
In 2020 Livermore airport had several safety issues and near misses (all available in meeting minutes). Near misses are not a lagging but a leading indicator. History of non adherence to previously established flight paths and B737 seems like a bad combination in case of any emergency over our schools and homes
A PUBLIC SERVICE DIVISION WORKING AGAINST PUBLIC?
The airport commission is a public interest organization, yet behaves like a privately run business. The impacted people are not being involved and decisions are made without their knowledge. The residents of Tri-Valley already expressed their views firmly more than a decade ago - "No further jet expansion" and yet here we are years later. The sad truth is that many of us would have never found out about this had it not been for excellent reporting by The Independent, KPIX (CBS) San Francisco, KRON4 and East Bay Times.
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