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SF Looking to Rename SFO "Harvey Milk International Airport"

by: Brian Leubitz

Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 11:09:07 AM PST

PhotobucketSup. David Campos plans to put measure on ballot

by Brian Leubitz

Sometimes there are some legislative ideas that just make sense. SF Supervisor David Campos hit upon one such idea when he suggested renaming San Francisco's International airport "Harvey Milk San Francisco International Airport."

Now, the idea is not without its detractors. In an editorial against the change, the SF Chronicle actually gives a fairly reasonable argument against.

"San Francisco" is a name with meaning and magic. It stands alone as a place of natural and architectural beauty that attracts and accepts people of uncommon imagination and unconventional lives, like Harvey Milk, in pursuit of dreams that can take flight only here.

It should stand alone, simply and proudly, on the name of San Francisco International Airport. (SF Chronicle)

As a San Franciscan for nearly ten years, I don't necessarily disagree with the sentiment. Just the name San Francisco has some outstanding connotations as a place of freedom. Heck, we've been a bastion of progressiveness (in both good and obnoxious forms) for over a century.

And I get their point elsewhere in the editorial that Milk wasn't involved in the construction of the airport. But, as we've seen with John Wayne in Orange County and others, that hardly seems important. But while the Chronicle dismisses that point, I think it is actually more important. They argue that Milk has received plenty of attention. And perhaps that is true, but the airport has a greater level of acclaim. It is more noticeable in random lives. Or, as Sup. Campos said:

"There are already a number of things honoring Harvey Milk, including schools, but nothing of this national and international scale," said Campos, who is gay. "It's time to send a message that members of the LGBT community are treated with dignity and respect. ... In places all over the world, including Europe and Asia, people of all walks of life look up to Harvey Milk."(SF Chronicle)

Now, there will be haters. Jon Fleischman of the FlashReport has dubbed him the "FlashReport Idiot of the Week." Honestly, if I were Campos, I would consider that a pretty big honor. Apparently Fleischman doesn't like that it "takes up time" or some such nonsense. He throws out some nonsense about waste of money as well, but the fairly minimal expense should be pretty easy to cover through private contributions.

Interestingly, I don't recall Fleischman calling out Sen. Mark Wyland (R-San Diego) or Asm. Martin Garrick (R-Carlsbad) for the rather similar concept of renaming the Coronado bridge the "Ronald Reagan Coronado Bridge" back in 2011. Wonder why that is?

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I like it for this reason (0.00 / 0)
Picture the consternation of the folks flying DCA-SFO:  "Reagan to Milk!"

Maybe not (0.00 / 0)
David Campos is a cheap demagouge looking to run for the state legislature

The airport has zero chance of being renamed for Havey Milk
Campos knows this
He just wants the free publicity (it's working)

From the same guy who voted to re-instate a Wife Beater as Sheriff,
voted for Nudity on SF streets and
pushed for free fares for Muni when we have no money for maintenance

David, you're the 'Idiot of the Week' ... EVERY WEEK !!!

I'm curious (5.00 / 1)
Why do you think the airport has no chance of being renamed? As a supervisor, it is fairly easy to get something on the ballot with support of a few of your colleagues. From there, it would just be a 50% vote of the people.

Maybe I'm misreading it, but that doesn't seem too high of a hurdle, at least as to be seen as something that is simply only for publicity.

I think?

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Better than even odds (0.00 / 0)
I think that Supervisor Campos will get it on the ballot and has better than even odds to get it passed.  I think that Harvey Milk is a great source of civic pride in SF and there really is no anti-Milk constituency.  In addition, I doubt that there is much of a pro-San Francisco Airport constituency.  

Whether it will pass or should pass are two different questions.

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Maybe not (0.00 / 0)
From the SF Chronicle Matier and Ross:
...Gay politicos tell us they have little choice but to support Campos' call, but that privately they fear voters might reject the idea - embarrassing the LGBT community and tarnishing Milk's legacy.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/...   ...'

Think of the alternatives: Joe Alioto, nancy Pelosi, George Moscone....
Others have propsoed as being the namesake for SFIA
It didn't fly for any of them
It won't fly for Milk
And the mosve by Campos is such a transparent political move..

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Pride (0.00 / 0)
I'm quite proud that my Congressman got an 'F' from the NRA, but Campos getting the coveted "FlashReport Idiot of the Week" is really special.  

I don't support renaming the airport.  Taking our example from Orange County doesn't do it for me.  I just don't see any kind of connection.  We shouldn't slap his name on anything that doesn't move.  We should honor Milk in ways that reflect how he lived and what he meant.  

a good publicity stunt (0.00 / 0)
From Matier & Ross:

'...Former Police Commissioner and Milk confidant Wayne Friday is one of the few gay activists going public with his skepticism.

"I'd love to see it happen, but trust me, it's not going to fly," Friday said of the renaming. "It was a good publicity stunt to solidify his (Campos') gay and lesbian base, but that's about it.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/...

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