What’s New and Meeting Info

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Sacramento’s Creativity Index

Noise Report Data2005 Noise Report

Upcoming Meetings (updated)

Past Meeting Summaries (updated)

Mather Factoids

Sacramento Port of Entry – Support & Opposition Letters

Press Coverage

Sacramento’s Creativity Index

In his best-selling book The Rise of the Creative Class, Richard Florida argues that to prosper in a multi-polar world we must cultivate new creative industry sectors. He gives a Creativity Index for regions with populations of 1,000,000 or more based on equal weighting of three factors:


  • Innovation, as drawn from patent growth;
  • Percentage of work force in the creative class; and
  • Tolerance, as measured by four dimensions of diversity.


Top-ranked cities are San Jose, CA and San Francisco, CA. Sacramento is number 20. Memphis is 140 and Louisville is 174.*

The Sacramento Area is truly blessed with the talent to create new industries and the openness to capitalize on the multiplicity of international cultures involved. (Our Folsom neighborhoods are living evidence.) Moreover, our proximity to the Bay Area along with the affordability gradient allows us to benefit from an inflow of wealth and talent seeking a quality environment with reasonable prices.

An inescapable consequence of creating a Pacific Rim Air Cargo Hub at Mather is that it will take us in the direction of Memphis and Louisville and away from Twenty First Century world of San Jose and San Francisco.

Sacrificing quality of life for an economy-maiming cargo hub makes absolutely no sense.

Mather Noise Problem Isn’t Getting Better!. (click here for new info)

Noise Report Data  (see full reports)

This is the Sacramento Airport System’s report showing the number of callers reporting being disturbed by flights arriving and departing from Mather Airport.  Here is a brief summary of the number of concerned citizens reporting loud flights in recent months:


Area CallersNov 2005 CallersFeb 2006
Cameron Park 0 0
Carmichael 2 1
El Dorado Hills 7 4
Fair Oaks 0 0
Folsom 10 8
Rancho Cordova 1 2
Rescue 1 1
Sacramento 2 4
Shingle Springs 1 0
TOTAL 24 20

It is easy to see why Sacramento and airport officials think only a small group of people are being disturbed by noise.

Please do not rely on others to pass the message that Mather flights are disruptive to your community.  We need more people to call or email in complaints.  (learn how)

Upcoming Meetings

March 31, 2008 @ 9:00 AM

Joint Powers Authority Meeting

Folsom City Council Chambers

50 Natoma Street, Folsom

The JPA is made up of two representatives from El Dorado County BOS and two City of Folsom Council Members.

Agenda item VII  B. is an update for Mather Airport.

Past Meeting Summaries

March 19, 2008: El Dorado Hills Town Hall Meeting Therewas a good turnout of residents who came to support the efforts to stop the expansion of the cargo operation at Mather Airport and ensure that the county officials are actively involved in the ongoing environmental review process for the Mather Airport Master Plan. More than half of the people who attended were there specifically for the Mather issue to make sure that El Dorado County residents concerns and comments will be included in the Draft Environmental Impact Report.

December 20, 2006: Four members of CRMA had a one hour meeting with several City of Folsom officials, including the new City Manager, Kerry Miller and the City Attorney, Bruce Cline.  The new City Manager has had experience managing an airport in Lake Tahoe and is familiar with the FAA rhetoric. He also told the City Attorney to set up a meeting for him with the City’s outside counsel regarding Mather.  CRMA described the meeting as very positive.

August 11, 2006: Folsom Community Cabinet Meeting

April 19, 2006: Sac County BOS Public Hearing for Airport Land Use Planning Initiatives

Potential airport land use compatibility strategies were discussed.

April 18, 2006: Folsom Area SACOG Community Workshop

Regional transportation issues for the Folsom Area were discussed.

March 23, 2006: Public Meeting with Folsom Mayor Andy Morin

March 22, 2006:  Sacramento County Board of Supervisors

Public Hearing on Airport Land Use Planning Initiatives

January 13, 2006: Folsom Community Cabinet Meeting

Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan hosted guest speaker Tom Zlotkowski, Director of Sacramento County Department of Transportation.

November 1, 2005: El Dorado County Board of Supervisors

The Board considered endorsing a letter opposing a federal measure that could increase noise and air traffic at Mather Airport.

October 25, 2005: Folsom/Granite Bay Community Meeting

Assemblyman Roger Niello with Guest Speaker Secretary of State Bruce McPherson

October 17, 2005: El Dorado Co/Folsom Joint Powers Meeting

Folsom City Mayor Steve Miklos gave a briefing on the Oct 11th Sacramento BOS meeting and the Oct 11th closed session briefing of the Folsom City Council by the City’s aviation attorney.

October 11, 2005: Sacramento County Board of Supervisors

Public Workshop on Mather Airport Master Plan and Airport Layout Plan

The City’s aviation attorney and several Folsom residents addressed the BOS concerning Mather. The City’s aviation attorney and Supervisor MacGlashan talked about the need of an Environmental Impact Report and stopping the piecemeal construction of the CAT III instrument landing system at Mather (which would allow zero visibility landings).

October 11, 2005: Folsom City Council Meeting

Folsom City Attorney Bruce Cline reported some of the results of the Closed Session Meeting, where the Council was briefed by the City’s Aviation Attorney, and her testimony at the BOS meeting.

October 7, 2005: Meeting with Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan

Five Folsom residents discussed the Mather problem and what can be done.

Mather Factoids

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Sacramento Port of Entry – Support & Opposition Letters

On 9/2/2005 a federal measure was proposed by the US Department of Homeland Security to establish a new port of entry at Sacramento, California and realign the port boundaries of the port of entry at San Francisco, California.  Comments on this measure were accepted through 11/1/2005. Some of the comments can be read below.

Opposition from:

City of Folsom, City of Elk Grove, County of El Dorado (10/26/2005 comment)

Communities for a Responsible Mather Airport (10/31/2005 comment)

Support from:

McClellan Park (10/11/2005 comment)

SACTO (10/11/2005 comment)

Sacramento Chamber of Commerce (10/17/2005 comment)

Press Coverage

“Flights of Fury over Mather” The Folsom Telegraph, October 19, 2005

“Study Sees China as Huge Boost to Mather” Sacramento Business Journal. April 18, 2005

Article Summary:

A recent study states the fast-growing China Market could become a huge new source of growth for international air cargo business at Mather Airport.  The cargo operations push would sit well with the Sacramento County Airport System (SCAS) and its plan to promote Mather Airport as an ideal international cargo airport. SCAS has planned upgrading the Mather instrument landing system to CAT III status, allowing zero visibility landings at Mather, instead of redirecting fog landings to Sacramento Int’l.  This upgrade and marketing plans by SCAS directed toward domestic and foreign air carriers would also increase jet noise over Sacramento and El Dorado County communities and negatively impact air quality and traffic.