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Port Of Oakland and City Of San Leandro Reach Agreement On Settlement Terms

Port Of Oakland and City Of San Leandro Reach Agreement On Settlement Terms

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November 21st, 2000

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City of San Leandro  Kevin Reikes City of San Leandro  510-577-6000, ext. 9110 Kevin@MediaAndAssociates.com Oakland, CA, November 21, 2000 -- The San Leandro City Council and the Port of Oakland Board of Port Commissioners have agreed to the terms of a settlement agreement that provides relief from aircraft noise to San Leandro residents and brings Oakland International Airport closer to breaking ground on its expansion program. The agreement is the result of nearly three years of negotiation between the Port of Oakland, the owner/operator of Oakland International Airport, and the city of San Leandro.

The terms of the settlement agreement include a residential noise insulation program funded by the Port of Oakland for 200 homes, and a prohibition of the use of North Field runways by regularly scheduled large commercial aircraft.

Additionally, the Port of Oakland will meet with the City of San Leandro three times per year to discuss concerns rising from ongoing airport operations.

"This agreement is a new chapter in our relations with the city of San Leandro," said Director of Aviation Steve Grossman. "The airport is pleased to settle the differences and offer the community the opportunity to participate in a sound insulation program."

"I'm glad we were able to make our voices heard and look forward to continuing goodwill between our city and our airport neighbors," said Mayor Shelia Young of San Leandro. "Our Council has always appreciated the importance of the airport, and we also knew they could be better neighbors.

"The Board of Port Commissioners supports the settlement agreement between the Port of Oakland and the city of San Leandro," said David Kramer, president of the Board of Port Commissioners. "The agreement represents our goal for a more collaborative approach in community relations and includes a number of other provisions that will improve and facilitate our relationship with the City of San Leandro."

The city of San Leandro will be responsible for managing the Airport-funded insulation program for 200 homes located in the Davis West, Timothy Lane and Mulford Garden areas of San Leandro. Each home accepted into the program will be given new double-pane windows; new sliding glass doors, if applicable; weather stripping around windows and doors; and a fresh air switch for the furnace fan, if needed.

In exchange for these home improvements, homeowners are required to sign a noise easement. The insulation program will begin once all outstanding lawsuits are settled.

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