Evict the Noisy Neighbor: Shut Down Mineta San Jose International Airport

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Given the inability and/or lack of cooperation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the San Jose Mineta International Airport (SJC) to properly address the increase in jet noise over Santa Clara County and other communities, a result of a 2015 change in flight paths and aviation procedures (known as NextGen), this petition aims to collect signatures in support of shutting down or relocating SJC airport.  Expected benefits from this motion:

  • Eliminate jet noise over San Jose and adjacent communities (Los Gatos, Saratoga, Campbell, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, etc.) as well as the Summit (Los Gatos/Santa Cruz mountain) communities
  • Re-purpose the large plot of land currently occupied by SJC to build affordable housing developments with the aim of alleviating the present housing crisis.  These developments would be in close proximity to downtown San Jose, which is expected to grow and to further gentrify
  • An airport supporting hundreds of flights in the middle of a largely populated (and growing) city does not make much sense, and airliners pose a risk to the nearby skyline with every arrival and departure.  Adjacent, less populated, cities (e.g., Gilroy, Morgan Hill) can provide a better option for a more modern airport.  San Francisco International (SFO) and Oakland Airport (OAK) should be able to support the region's air travel in SJC's absence and until a new site, if needed, is identified
  • A vibrant and job-rich downtown San Jose would be spared the onslaught of departing and arriving air traffic daily
  • Lessen the ecological and environmental impact (gas fumes, noise, etc.) of hundreds of daily flights over Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties
  • Eliminate vertical skyline restrictions which are in place currently due to aircrafts' flight paths in and out of the airport

Does San Jose really need an outdated airport with such limited flight options?  Is it worth the price of seemingly endless jet noise over our communities?  Does the gentrification potential of downtown San Jose continue to be limited?  With the exception of a few road warriors, most of us fly very infrequently throughout the year, and a slightly longer road trip to the airport (SFO, OAK or a new location) is a small (and infrequent) price to pay for quiet skies and peace of mind.

Please sign the petition to get this conversation started and to effect the changes for which we have been asking since 2015.  Thank you for your support!