They have done this by refusing to allow the body to discuss issues brought before them by the public. This is in direct contradiction to the mandate of the body which states that they may “If requested to do so … by a member of the public, or upon (their) own initiative, ………..may investigate, study, or review any matter pertaining to the airport or aviation.”
This is taken directly from the municipal code and that code has not been modified or changed. The council, in concert with airport staff, has simply forbidden the discussion of and public comment on specific issues.
The good news is that at least three members of the council believe that Boards and Commissions of the city are being hampered in the way they operate and communicate with the council, and on September 25th, the council will take up this subject. If you are interested in hearing the discussion or participating in the debate, plan to attend that evening.
If you are interested in having your voice heard even if you are unable to attend, send a short, polite email to the addresses below expressing your support for a strong Airport Commission which is allowed to hear public concerns and opinions from the General Aviation community and expresses it’s position to the council in a way which is standardized city-wide and used by all Commissions and Boards.
This is one of those opportunities for us to raise our collective voices and have GA demonstrate our resolve. In speaking to the Chief of Staff of one of the members of the council, she said that this issue is one of great importance and needs to be addressed immediately.
Thank you for taking the time to write and attend.
Sr. Vice President – California Pilots Assn.
AOPA ASN Representative – SJC