CAAP mourns the loss of Janet Gray
Hayes, our Political Advisor
July 12, 1926 - April 21, 2014
San Jose's pioneering and inspiring first woman mayor, passed
away on April 21, 2014, after suffering a stroke. She was 87.
Mayor Hayes was a dedicated public servant, long-standing
community activist, caring wife and mother, and one of Santa
Clara County's most beloved and respected public figures.
Ms. Hayes was born to John Paul Frazee, Jr., and Lucile Charman
Gray Frazee in Rushville, Indiana, a farming community located
southeast of Indianapolis. Her childhood home was a block from
the railroad tracks and, throughout the Depression, daily
itinerant or homeless visitors to the Frazee home seemed to know
that her mother would give them a sandwich, if asked. Ms. Hayes
was an accomplished cellist and her high school class
valedictorian. Her parents were staunch Republicans who agreed
to host Wendell Wilkie's election night victory party at their
home in 1940, when Mr. Wilkie ran for president against Franklin
Delano Roosevelt in 1940. Ms. Hayes inherited her parents'
warmth, but not their politics. Her formative years in Rushville
instilled in her a compassion for the needy, an appreciation for
music, and a lifelong interest in social change.
Ms. Hayes graduated with honors from Indiana
University and received a Master's degree in Social Service
Administration from the University of Chicago. While attending
graduate school, she met Kenneth Hayes, a University of Chicago
medical student from Berkeley, California. Even though she was
'sort of' engaged to someone else at the time, she frequently
recalled that she knew immediately that Kenneth was the one.
They were married in 1950 and enjoyed a remarkable 63-year
partnership, enduring love and a shared belief in working to
improve the lives of others.
Kenneth and Janet Gray moved to San Jose's Rose Garden
neighborhood in 1958. Ms. Hayes's introduction to civic affairs
came in 1959, when she appeared before the then all-male city
council to request the installation of a traffic light at the
corner of Naglee and Dana Streets, a dangerous intersection near
the elementary school attended by her two oldest children. The
council promised action, but no traffic light was installed. Ms.
Hayes felt her concerns had not been taken seriously because she
was a pregnant housewife. It was then that she began her life as
a community activist while raising four children. She was
elected President of the League of Women Voters of the San
Francisco Bay Area and of Central Santa Clara Valley and was the
first woman President of the San Jose Redevelopment Agency,
before being elected to the San Jose City Council in 1971.
In 1974, Ms. Hayes, then San Jose's vice-mayor, campaigned
against retired Chief of Detectives Bart Collins, fellow city
councilmember Al Garza, and five other candidates to be San
Jose's mayor. The Mercury News endorsed Mr. Collins and Ms.
Hayes received little support from the male political
establishment. She campaigned on the promise to "make San Jose
better before making it bigger," a reference to the sprawl that
she was ultimately only partially successful in controlling.
After a bruising campaign, she beat Mr. Collins in the general
election by a razor thin 1625 votes. When she took office in
1975, San Jose was America's largest city with a woman mayor,
with a population of over 500,000. Voters had just lived through
the Watergate scandal and were ready for a fresh, honest face.
They got it in Mayor Hayes, who committed her administration to
promoting and mentoring qualified women and improving San Jose's
environment and quality of life.
Mayor Hayes served the City of San Jose with distinction, flair
and a good sense of humor. She was admired for being hard
working, unpretentious and accessible. In 1977, the city finally
installed the traffic light at the corner of Naglee and Dana
Streets that she had requested in 1959, well after all of her
children had left home. Not one to rest on her laurels, Mayor
Hayes campaigned for and won re-election for a second term in
1978, this time by a 71 percent landslide, reflecting the
popularity she had earned during her first term as mayor.
After retiring from public office, Mayor Hayes stayed actively
involved in civic affairs, supporting numerous political,
cultural and environmental causes and lending her considerable
administrative skills to projects intended to improve San Jose's
livability. In 1983, she became President of the Board of
Directors for the San Jose Museum of Art, just when the museum
was on the verge of bankruptcy. With help from the museum's
staff and other Board members, Mayor Hayes brought the Anne
Frank exhibit to the museum, which broke all attendance and
revenue records and was instrumental in rescuing the museum.
Today, the museum boasts an impressive art collection and a
talented, professional staff. Last year, the museum's portico
was dedicated to Janet Gray and Kenneth Hayes for their
long-standing commitment to supporting the museum and the arts
in San Jose.
Mayor Hayes always had the gift of touching people with her
warmth, wit and sincerity, believing that every individual had a
life story worth knowing. In conversations with friends and
strangers alike, she never failed to find things in common to
discuss. She and Kenneth enjoyed jazz and classical music, loved
to dance together and vacation at their Lake Tahoe cabin, and
for years during their "retirement," traveled to numerous venues
where Kenneth competed in national USTA sanctioned tennis
tournaments. She and Kenneth generously opened their home for
numerous political and charitable fundraising efforts, and for
years their home served as the organizational hub for Citizens
Against Airport Pollution (CAAP).
Mayor Hayes was predeceased by her wonderful husband, Kenneth
Hayes, her parents, and her sister, Charman Frazee Palmer.
She is survived by her daughter, Lindy of San Jose, her son John
(Rachel) of Arlington, MA, her daughter Katherine Hayes
Rodriguez (Neil Rodriguez) of Truckee, CA, and her daughter,
Megan (Reed Zars) of Laramie, WY. She had nine grandchildren,
Patsy and Mei Mei Hayes, Spencer Hayes, Zeke and Taber
Rodriguez, and Levin, Cordelia and Tilden Zars.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made
on behalf of Janet Gray Hayes to the League to Save Lake Tahoe,
the San Jose Museum of Art, Planned Parenthood, the Sierra Club,
or San Jose State University, whose ML King Library houses the
Mayor Hayes archive.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on June 2,
2014, at 11:00 a.m., at the San Jose Museum of Art
More Night-Time Flights
San Jose City Council is going to approve
an increase in night-time
flights unless it hears a resounding NO from citizens.
April 11, 2013
Dear CAAP Supporters:
I imagine that by now, you've all seen that the City Council
delayed until next week, a vote on an $82 million proposed
facility for corporate jets at the Airport.
Just yesterday, before the meeting, and before anyone had seen
the last minute memo from the city, Councilman Liccardo
stated, "The contract you see before the Council is exactly
what we contemplated a year ago with the RFP-- a fixed-base
operator (FBO) of corporate jets who would both address the
demand for this form of air travel and substantially boost
revenues ($3.3 million per year) and hundreds of jobs at the
This is certainly an incomplete description... none of us
anticipated enforcement of the curfew to be reduced by a
change of language in lease and operating agreements. I never
anticipated that agreements would be crafted to benefit one
entity or business over the good of the residents of San Jose.
If you care about your quiet hours you must to plan to attend
the Council meeting next Tuesday evening to tell the
City Council to find another way to generate $3 million or
accept that your night-time hours will never be the same.
Again, here is a link to the Council Members. I'm sure they
want to hear what you think of their plan.
AGAINST AIRPORT POLLUTION
What everyone needs to
know about this project is this...
This project is going to put a lot more night-time in
neighborhoods surrounding the airport.
Airport has other options to generate the same amount of
revenue, without causing a degradation to our environment and
negatively impacting our property values.
According the Silicon Valley Business Journal, the project
will create 36 permanent jobs at the airport. The rest of the
jobs are estimated or indirect, again by an entity whose
projections are usually wrong.
This is less about the curfew and 1.5 curfew
penetrations per night.
This is more about the project and an estimated 14
more flights every night. Airport is guessing about 5000 more
night-time flights during curfew hours. They've been
notoriously wrong in their projections. What if they're wrong
Airport has been quieter the past 5 years because
of a depressed economy. When things pick up again, so too,
will flights. Then, the modest $2500 fine for curfew
violations will do nothing to deter night-time flights.
A 50 year lease locks the City to an unknown
entity. Just as no one could have envisioned an Oracle, Google
or Yahoo, 50 years ago, no one can envision changes to come in
20, 30 or 40 years from now. Do we really want to be locked
into a annual 3 million deal when other far more lucrative
opportunities may arise?
Do we really want
to be locked to a 50 year lease, before we know if Signature
Support is going to be a good neighbor? In the big picture,
it's a small amount of revenue for a huge amount of noise and
negative impacts to the environment and surrounding
The City Council
plans to approve a 50 year lease to Signature Flight. This
company wants to build facilities for a fleet of corporate
jets that will be allowed to fly round-the-clock, 24 hours per
day, 7 days per week.
Experts at San Jose Airport
predict 5000 additional flights during curfew hours
These jets will be allowed to fly
during curfew hours because they meet the “Larry Ellison
Rule” by emitting less than 90 decibels of noise. While
legal, these extra flights will significantly disrupt the
sleep of thousands of residents who live near the airport.
Imagine jet take-offs being tripled during the quiet
sleeping hours of 11:30 pm to 6:30 am.
For 25 years,
Citizens Against Airport Pollution, CAAP, has fought,
politicked, pleaded, and informed, on your behalf. Our group
of volunteers currently has an active lawsuit addressing
this planned development.
We feel that Airport and City
are Ready to Strike a Deal with the Devil.
If You Treasure Your Quiet time, Attend This
Meeting. Let Your Voice Be Heard.
to Mayor and City Council Memebers Apr 8, 2013
year, Citizens Against Airport Pollution (CAAP) filed an
appeal of a mandamus action in the Sixth District Court of
Appeal challenging the City of San Jose’s failure to comply
with CEQA in approving a major amendment to the San Jose
International Airport Master Plan. This major amendment
changes the use of part of the airfield, from air cargo
to corporate jets, opening the door for a substantial increase
in night-time noise during curfew hours. The City of San Jose
proposes to relocate and greatly expand facilities for private
corporate jets and to extend two aircraft taxiways into
protected burrowing owl habitat. CAAP contends that these
unstudied changes to airport configuration and development
pose significant environmental risk. The group asks the Court
to require adequate environmental review that will analyze and
mitigate the impacts. CAAP is waiting for a court date for
this appeal and will post the date on this website.
Heart attacks more likely
where traffic is louder
The louder the traffic near people's homes, the greater
their risk of heart attack, a new study from Denmark says.
researchers tracked more than 50,000 study participants for
nearly 10 years and found that for every 10 decibels of added
roadway traffic noise, the risk of heart attack increased 12
Read more about the study here: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/06/21/heart-attacks-more-likely-where-traffic-is-louder/#ixzz20p7E5eXt
24/7 corporate jet takeoffs are coming!
Why Surrounding Neighborhoods Need to Fear Airport Development
Plans - May 10,
Letter to Mayor and City Council - Mar 19, 2012
The City has a big surprise for you! - READ THE FLYER HERE
March 30, 2012
Dear Airport Neighbors:
Most of you know that Citizens Against Airport Pollution, the
airport watchdog group known as CAAP, filed a lawsuit against
the City of San Jose because the City had approved a Major
Amendment to the 1997 Airport Master Plan without an
Environmental Impact Report. This suit is still pending and
should be heard in summer of 2012.
This Major Amendment seeks to develop acreage on the West side
of the airport exclusively for corporate jet facilities. A fleet
of these jets will be leased, rented or time shared with Silicon
Valley companies by a new developer yet to be selected by the
city. These corporate jets will fly CEOs in and out of San Jose
24/7. Because these corporate jets are quieter than most
commercial jets (yet still incredibly loud) they are
specifically exempt from our curfew. The city is quick to point
out that this plan will not modify nor end our curfew. While
this is true, it will promote unlimited nighttime flights which
will erode our quality of life.
The City is now ready to take the first step toward making this
development happen. This first step is on the City Council
agenda on the afternoon of April 3. It is agenda item 6.2,
”Approval of Minimum Standards for Development of Lands on the
West Side of the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport
and Accept Key RFP Terms and Conditions for a New Fixed Base
Some council members seek to pacify the community by declaring
that the curfew is safe and no one is seeking to revoke it.
However this misses the point. Other council members claim there
is no plan, just simply a request for proposals. This comment is
overtly disingenuous. We need council members who have the
courage to stand with the neighborhoods. CAAP's Steering
Committee is asking all Neighborhood Associations in the
vicinity of the San Jose International Airport to send a
representative to the April 3, council meeting at City Hall, to
request the San Jose City Council to:
a. Defer the RFP until the Federal Aviation Administration has
made a determination regarding the future of Runway 11-29.
b. Broaden the RFP and identify alternative airport development
that is profitable and more environmentally sensitive.
c. Seek future development that does not promote additional
during curfew hours.
Citizens Against Airport
Pollution Steering Committee
July 20, 2010
Citizens Against Airport Pollution [CAAP] has filed a lawsuit
against the City of San Jose because the City recently approved
a major amendment to the Airport Master Plan without an
Environmental Impact Report describing what adverse affect these
amendments will have on the environment.
The suit alleges that the City failed to conduct the proper
environmental investigation necessary prior to the approval of a
major amendment to the Airport Master Plan, as required by CEQA.
Air pollution impacts, noise pollution impacts and impacts on
wildlife are unknown. In an effort to avoid litigation, CAAP
previously requested the City to defer action approving the
major amendment so that these issues could be evaluated and
discussed without litigation. The City chose to ignore these
concerns and approved the major amendment to the Airport Master
Plan without a clear understanding of its impact on the
For over 20 years, Citizens Against Airport Pollution has
been the only watchdog organization committed to protecting the
environment from pollution caused by Mineta San Jose
International Airport. CAAP has always supported a first class
airport to serve the needs of the Southbay. Protecting the
quality of life for San Jose residents and maintaining a first
class airport is doable. However, it requires thoughtful
planning and a keen sensitivity to environmental protections. If
Silicon Valley is to become the center of “green” technology,
the City of San Jose must make every effort to make its airport
environmentally sensitive and a good neighbor. CAAP believes
that the protection of the quality of life in the neighborhoods
should be the highest priority to the City of San Jose.
For more details see the Press
CAAP Efforts Pay Off in a Big Way
After years of wrangling with the airport over the issue of
measuring air pollution , an agreement has been reached. About
year ago, the city, the airport, the Bay Area Air Quality
Management District, and CAAP met at City Hall . The groundwork
was laid for a study of the data that is recorded at the 4th and
Jackson BAAQMD air monitor station. This station is the closest
to the airport, and under the right kind of analysis, the data
will tell us if the airport is a major or minor source of air
pollution. It took 15 months of negotiating a contract, and
finally last month an agreement was signed. Joanne Sanfilippo,
the airport’s community relations manager prepared this notice
giving a summary of the agreement.
Airport Noise Report Line
The Airport no longer accepts
noice reports over the telephone. Please go www.sjc.org,
and select Environment
- then select Noise Abatement or use this link:
Airport Noise Center