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Send us your questions for Rep. Anna Eshoo

Original post made by Palo Alto Online staff, Evergreen Park, on Apr 20, 2017

Rep. Anna Eshoo will be our guest for our weekly webcast "Behind the Headlines" on Friday, April 21, to discuss politics and more. We're taking any questions you have for her. Reply back or send them to

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18 people like this
Posted by Jet noise abuse
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 20, 2017 at 11:28 am

Jet noise is a topic which could use some "air time", no pun intended.

Question: Can Eshoo work on the airlines bullying problem. The way United airlines has rules to allow for a passenger to be bloodied off off their plane is how jet noise feels here, total abuse.

The explanations so far do not add up, is it just plain abuse?

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Posted by Jet Noise Sufferer
a resident of University South
on Apr 20, 2017 at 2:38 pm

When do you expect a response from the FAA on the Select Committee Report? In this era of activism, what can the citizens do to get the airplane noise addressed with speed? What can you do to help us?

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Posted by Nancy
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 20, 2017 at 3:53 pm

Do you think the state of California should adjust its attitude towards the federal government, under the Trump administration, and realize that it will get much less federal support for state projects (e.g. CalTrain electrification)? If so, will you consider cooperating with the Trump administration, in order to gain some leverage?

5 people like this
Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton
on Apr 20, 2017 at 6:06 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

A question that I asked her last November and which has still not been answered:

On Nov 2, 2016, at 10:52 AM, Peter Carpenter wrote:

Dear Congresswoman Eshoo,

How much revenue does the Federal government receive from the residents of Atherton?

How much does it cost the Federal government to provide Federal services to the residents of Atherton?

Thank you,

Peter Carpenter

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Posted by Nate
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 20, 2017 at 6:55 pm

Two young Democrats on the Palo Alto City Council are waging a war of attrition on Palo Alto's R1 homeowners. This war has focused a spotlight on the legal but corrupt quid-pro-quo relationship between California Democrats and California's multi billion dollar real-estate industry.

Do you support this war on R1 homeowners and is a war on R1 homeowners a wise political move for the Democratic party in California, following the historic losses in the November elections?

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 20, 2017 at 8:35 pm

She represents Silicon Valley and I am concerned about outsize influence of Valley billionaires. It appears these persons and companies were very cozy with the prior administration (I don't know about the relationship with the current one) and undoubtedly these personalities do have access to the U.S. Congress. I appreciate efforts of Congresswoman Eshoo to support the many thousands of us individual residents here with respect to: corporate abuse of H1B visa program, age discrimination, and gender discrimination - these are fairly widespread problems in high tech. I realize this is writing in general terms, rather than questions, but these are indications of average citizens like me (here).
In addition, in the past several years there was a decided shift of the burden of the arriving flight pattern of commercial aircraft into SFO over Palo Alto and this represents an apparent effort of SFO and Woodside and Atherton, both of which are in San Mateo county, to move planes away from them; whereas Palo Alto is situated in very north Santa Clara county, has no interest, representation or assistance from the County of santa Clara, headquartered in San Jose. What can Ms. Eshoo do to return the flight patterns to the previous arrangement for many years so Palo Alto does not have these noisy flights palmed off to them by other communities and SFO?
Does she have an official opinion on CA HSR?
Thank you. I have a high opinion of Ms. Eshoo and am delighted to have met her once.

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Posted by Jay
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 20, 2017 at 10:04 pm

The excessive and frequent noise from low flying jet aircraft landing at SFO has been documented and thoroughly discussed for a long time. Recommdattions by the select committee and the city of Palo Alto have been submitted to the FFA, but the problem continues.
What specifically are you doing to achieve a favorable FFA solution? How much longer must we wait?

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Posted by rufetuns
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 20, 2017 at 11:24 pm

To Anna Eshoo:

Forty years ago my wife and I purchased a home in old Palo Alto. We gladly sacrificed a big chunk of our assets so that we could live in a quiet location accessible to my workplace and away from highway noise. We had no reason for concern with airplane noise as we were far from major airports, and that didn't seem likely to change.

But things did change and even developed into a major infringement on the quality of our lives. Incessant and increasing airplane roar has been besieging us for years, and we are offered no recourse. The flight planners clearly view our protests with indifference or perhaps as a joke. There are increasingly lengthy intervals during which we seem to be adjacent to an airplane landing strip. We look up at the planes and some are close enough to identify details. There have been noble words from you and from others in responsible positions, but that fine language has not changed the reality.

The irony is that the situation was in no way enforced on us by any increased air traffic. The noise went up a few years ago by a huge sudden leap, during a period of at most minor increase of air traffic. There is no evidence that major changes in landing patterns were needed here in response to any particular new circumstances. But “Nextgen” did change the landing patterns, and with that came the noise. I asked questions on this point, and received no answers. The closest I could get to a substantive response to my questions was a vague email from one of the FAA commissioners, that I had made "good points".

There is still much talk and no action, and what I see is that authorities are temporizing with us, in the expectation that we'll get tired of complaining and accept what life brings us.

Are you willing to look at the substance of the problem? If you really look, you will find no substance, but much entrenched authority that is unwilling to confess to having made a mistake.

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Posted by Kya
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 21, 2017 at 6:17 am

I am a native Palo Allan living in Midtown for 25 + years. For health reasons (heart condition) I no longer can wait for a solution about the SFO arrivals zone over my home. I am directly below 200+ jets and their incessant rumbling noise. Why aren't the recommendations from the Select Committee Hearings put into immediate effect?Why don't you hold some public meetings for your constituents in Palo Alto about this issue like Sam Farr/ Santa Cruz Supervisors Did?

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Posted by Jon
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 21, 2017 at 8:05 am

The Select Committee focused on a solution that will help a relatively small number of your constituents near the Summit but gave short shrift to suggestions made by the City of Palo Alto and its professional consultants. Their recommendations will do little to help Palo Alto and neighboring communities where the majority of the noise and the majority of your constituents are located. How can this be addressed?

5 people like this
Posted by Marie-Jo
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Apr 21, 2017 at 9:50 am

Where is the FAA response to the recommendations approved by the Select Committee on November 17, 2016? It has been 5 months!

Total silence from the FAA but total jet noise for Palo Alto residents is not acceptable.

The FAA cannot hide behind the change in Administration or management changes while residents continue to endure the incessant jet noise at all hours of the day and night.

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Posted by pestocat
a resident of Professorville
on Apr 21, 2017 at 10:38 am

What specifically are the democrats doing to update the ACA. What changes are you looking to make. When will this be introduced in congress.

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Posted by Gale Johnson
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 21, 2017 at 11:36 am

I was privileged to meet Rep. Eshoo during her first campaign for office. It was a small gathering at our church, Wesley United Methodist Church, here in Palo Alto. We impressed me then and I voted for her. I've continued to vote for her as she has served her district very well.

A side note. A lady friend of my grandson, Patrick, who stayed with me for 9 months, asked me if I would be willing to rent a room to her also. I met her, interviewed her, and rented the room for a couple months before she enrolled at Azusa Pacific in the nursing program. Her name is Maddison Eshoo. I learned about her heritage, Assyrians, from biblical times. I took several photos of her and people said she reminded them of Anna. Maddy said she knew of Anna but that as far as she knew there was no direct family link between them.

2 people like this
Posted by No more
a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 23, 2017 at 2:21 pm

Did someone ask when she will retire? And if she will be giving up her retirement?

5 people like this
Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Apr 23, 2017 at 2:35 pm

What if anything can you do in this current political climate to protect women from rape and domestic abuse and to ensure that the abusers get the sentences they should?

I'm sure you're familiar with the Brock Turner case but more recently a Cupertino CEO who's been abusing his wife for more than 10 years got a sentence of less than a month even though he's a repeat offender.

Web Link

This is a national problem but Silicon Valley's lenient treatment of rapists and domestic abusers is egregious.

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