Regional Issues and Intergovernmental Relations

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Inter-Governmental Relations

The City works to protect Mountain View’s interests through participating in regional, statewide and national agencies and boards. The agencies below address issues of regional concern that strive to balance the interests of the diverse Bay Area. These include but are not limited to the following agencies:

Airplane Noise

Although the City has no direct control over airplane noise as flight issues are under the authority of the Federal Aviation Administration, the City Council has identified the issue as one of its top federal priorities and has taken it up with federal officials. 

The Santa Clara | Santa Cruz Community Roundtable

The purpose of the Santa Clara | Santa Cruz Community Roundtable is to establish a collaborative and corporative relationship between the cities of Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, and the FAA to develop, evaluate, and implement reasonable and feasible policies, procedures, and mitigation actions that minimize aircraft noise impacts to help improve the quality of life of residents in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties.

The SC | SC Community Roundtable meets the fourth Wednesday of every month.  To view the meeting schedule, location, and agendas, please visit the SCSC Roundtable website.

Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on South Flow Arrivals

The Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on South Flow Arrivals was authorized by the City of San Jose City Council to explore possible solutions to address noise impacts on residents when weather conditions over San Jose International Airport require the Airport to operate in a "south flow" configuration. 

On May 21, 2019, the FAA released its formal response to the Ad Hoc Committee on South Flow Arrivals report released in May 2018, which contained 62 recommendations including requests for the FAA to identify and adjust specific procedures and/or relocate specific waypoints.  The SJC Ad Hoc Advisory Committee report also requested the FAA provide a methodology for evaluating proposed procedures and the associated noise on underlying communities, as well as an estimated timeline.   The FAA response provides guidelines for the recommendations presented in the SJC Ad Hoc Committee's May 2018 report. These timelines incorporate a number of established Federal processes and sub-processes. To view the response, click here.

On February 14, 2019, the FAA released an interim response to the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on South Flow Arrivals. To view the response, click here.  The response tables contained in the report are intended to provide a current status of the FAA's efforts regarding the recommendations presented in the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on South Flow Arrivals final report.  The tables also include references to the report pages associated with each recommendation.  In a future detailed response, the FAA intends to provide full and completed information about the FAA's processes, procedures, and timeframes.

The Ad Hoc Advisory Committee finished it's work on May 18, 2018. To view the final report of the Ad Hoc Committee with recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration and San Jose International Airport, please click here. To view the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee agenda's and meeting minutes, as well as listen to audio recordings from the meetings, please click here.

Recent Updates

On May 24, 2019, the FAA provided a response to Mayor Lisa Matichak and Los Altos Mayor Lynette Lee Eng regarding comments submitted on behalf of Mountain View and Los Altos regarding the STAR PIRAT Arrival route. To read the response, click here.

On April 23, 2019, the FAA released a further updated version of the response to recommendations made by the San Francisco Airport/Community Roundtable and the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals.  To read the response, click here.

On December 21, 2018, Mayor Siegel and City of Los Altos Mayor Lee Eng, transmitted a letter to the FAA with comments focused on the SFO Noise Compatibility Program Update.  To read the letter, click here.

On December 21, 2018,  Mayor Siegel transmitted a letter to SFO with comments focused on the implementation of GBAS at San Francisco International Airport.  To read the letter, click here.

On November 13, 2018, Mayor Siegel and City of Los Altos Mayor Jean Mordo, transmitted a letter to the FAA with comments focused on the STAR PIRAT Arrival route.  To read the letter, click here.

On April 30, 2018, Mayor Siegel, City of Los Altos Mayor Jean Mordo, and City of Palo Alto Mayor Liz Kniss, transmitted a letter to the FAA Western-Pacific Region Regional Administrator registering concern, and requesting a delay of implementation for a possible new arrival procedure being considered by the FAA for use at Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) during certain South Flow configurations.  To read the letter, click here.

On November 17, 2017, Representatives Eshoo, Speier, and Panetta released the FAA's updated final version of their response to recommendations made by the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals. Click here to read the FAA Initiative to Address Noise Concerns of Santa Cruz/Santa Clara/San Mateo/San Francisco Counties - Update on Phase Two report.  To read Congresswoman Anna Eshoo's comments on the report, click here.

On November 7 and 8, 2017, the City Council transmitted letters to Congresswoman Eshoo and Dennis Roberts, FAA-Western Pacific Region Western Regional Administrator, in response to resident concerns over what was interpreted as proposed plans by the FAA to implement changes to the Class B air space.  Click on the links to read the letters transmitted on November 7 and November 8.

On July 25, 2017, Representatives Anna Eshoo, Jackie Speier, and Jimmy Panetta released the “FAA Initiative to Address Noise Concerns – Phase Two” interim report in response to the recommendations submitted by the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals and the SFO Airport/Community Roundtable.  The report updates the second of a three phased approach, known as the NorCal Initiative, that the FAA has implemented to review and respond to community proposals to address the noise concerns in Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco counties. The FAA Initiative response includes recommendations determined to be feasible as well as not feasible from an operational and safety perspective.  To read the interim report, click here.  To read a summary of the issues addressed in the FAA's interim report that could have potential impacts on Mountain View, click here.

On June 28, 2017, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Congressman Jimmy Panetta, and Congressman Ro Khanna transmitted a letter to the Santa Clara County Cities Association, requesting input and suggestions from Santa Clara County Cities, the County of Santa Cruz and Directors of SJC and SFO airports to develop an intergovernmental partnership modeled after the SFO Airport/Community and referred to as the South Bay Airport Roundtable.  The City of Mountain View looks forward to working with the Cities Association, the FAA and SJC to get this regional stakeholders group organized so Mountain View and all cities can have an equal voice on airplane noise issues.  To read the letter, click here.

select committee on south bay arrivals (sf0)

Due to increased complaints stemming from changes made by the FAA, the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals was formed in the spring 2016 at the request of Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (18th Congressional District, Santa Clara County),  Congresswoman Jackie Speier (14th Congressional District, San Mateo County) and Congressman Sam Farr (20th Congressional District, Santa Cruz County) and comprised of 4 elected officials from each congressional district to develop regional solutions to address noise from planes landing at SFO. 

The City has worked directly with Congresswoman Eshoo and Supervisor Simitian, who chaired the Select Committee to address aircraft noise concerns. Mountain View sought feedback from the public in October and November of 2016 in order to respond to the Select Committee's DRAFT report to the committee on recommendations.  To learn more, see Mountain View’s Letter to the Select Committee from the City Council.A final Report of the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals was transmitted to the FAA in November 2016, and a response was expected in March 2017.  Congresswoman Eshoo issued the following statement on May 17, 2017.

san jose international airport (sjc)

Aircraft noise may also be from flights departing from or arriving at San Jose International Airport.  The City of Mountain View is participating on the Ad Hoc Committee on South Flow Arrivals to address noise from San Jose International Airport as a result of "south flow" procedures.  Congressman Khanna sent a letter to the FAA requesting changes to address aircraft noise at SJC.

On September 8, 2017, the City of Mountain View and the City of Sunnyvale transmitted a joint letter to the City of San Jose supporting a recommendation to convene an Ad Hoc Committee to address the shared goal of developing solutions to reduce "south flow" aircraft noise for South Bay and Peninsula cities.  To read the letter, please click here. On October 3, 2017, the City of San Jose City Council authorized the creation of an Ad Hoc Committee on South Flow Arrivals. To learn about the charge of this committee, please click here.

san carlos airport (sql)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has notified the City that the six-month test of the Bayside Visual Approach into San Carlos Airport ended on January 4, 2017. Beginning January 5, 2017, Surf Air resumed flying into the GPS approach into the San Carlos Airport while the FAA completed its operational, community and environmental analysis of the Bayside Visual Approach for effectiveness. The FAA's analysis will include an opportunity for public comment.  In the meantime, additional noise from flights to San Carlos may occur.  The City has sent a letter to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors supporting changes to limit the impact of flights into San Carlos Airport. To learn more about the San Carlos Airport 14 CFR Part 150 Noise Compatibility Study currently being conducted by San Mateo County, please click here

san Francisco  (sfo), san jose  (sjc), and san carlos (sql) airports  noise complaint hotlines

If you are not sure which airport is the origin or destination of the aircraft you are hearing, please call the San Francisco International Airport noise number or visit their online flight tracking system. San Francisco International Airport can determine the origin or destination of all air traffic.

If residents have complaints about noise related to SFO or SJC, they should call the following numbers:

San Francisco International Airport Noise
(650) 821-5100

SFO Online Noise Complaint Form

San Jose International Airport Noise
(408) 452-0707

SJC Online Noise Complaint Form

Noise complaints for the San Carlos General Aviation Airport in San Mateo should go to the Noise Complaint Hotline at (844) 266-6266 or online All noise complaints received are reported to the County's Aviation Subcommittee and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Moffett Airfield

Residents may have periodic concerns about noise in and around Moffett. To report Moffett Federal Airfield aircraft noise, or to get more information, please email or call (650) 386-0666 (includes recorded information; please leave a message for a return call). To report wind tunnel noise, or to get more information, please call (650) 604-4789 (newsroom number). 


NASA-Ames and Hangar One

The City Manager's Office  coordinates relations with NASA-Ames as an important regional partner. Learn more about NASA's development plans for Moffett by visiting the NASA website  or by calling NASA at (650) 604-5000.

The City also promotes efforts to restore historic Hangar One at Moffett Federal Airfield. In 2013, the General Services Administration (GSA) and NASA began a competitive bid process to restore and reuse Hangar One. On February 10, 2014, GSA and NASA announced Planetary Ventures, LLC was selected to restore Hangar One and manage Moffett Federal Air Field.  On November 10, 2014, NASA signed the sixty-year lease with Planetary Ventures, LLC to manage Moffett Federal Airfield.  The lease includes provisions that the Airfield will be managed in accordance with existing operations and requires the rehabilitation of Hangar One, as well as other provisions.  NASA provides the following webpage for the public to learn more about the lease - “Basic Lease Information.”

Legislative Advocacy

The City Manager's Office coordinates a legislative program focused on protecting the interests of our community and identifying resources available to enhance City services and programs. The City monitors and responds to legislation that is consistent with City principles to protect local revenues, prevent unfunded State mandates, and maintain local control. The City Council and City Manager's Office works closely with Mountain View’s federal and state legislative representatives, as well as with the League of California Cities, to influence policy decisions that affect cities and pressure local control and local funding. Click here for a listing of Federal, State and Local Elected Officials.