It's being widely reported in USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle and other sources that District Nine Sup., David Campos, wants the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to consider renaming SFO International Airport in honor of slain LGBT civil rights pioneer, Castro resident and businessman, Harvey Milk.
USA Today writes, "San Francisco city supervisor David Campos says he plans to introduce legislation today that could let voters vote on whether to rename the West Coast gateway the "Harvey Milk-San Francisco International Airport."
SF Chronicle has the full story. In part they write, "Campos said about 80 other U.S. airports are already named for individuals, none of whom are Gay, and that SFO — which moves 40 million passengers annually, including 9 million international travelers — has a particularly high profile. He believes it would cost between $50,000 and $250,000 to implement, citing the cost other cities have incurred to do the same, but said he hopes to attract private donations to fund the change."
"I like this idea. It would almost make up for naming DC's National Airport after a certain Republican former President..", posted long time Milk ally, LGBT activist and AIDS Quilt founder, Cleve Jones on his Facebook page.
We couldn't agree more Cleve! We think this is a great idea and fully support it. Even better if the City can manage the name change through donations as our SF budget is already strapped. Google? Twitter? Other bustling corps flush with the new found gold of the City's second tech rush in twenty years care to step up to the plate?
UPDATE: The Chronicle is running a poll asking readers if this name change should happen. Right now it stands with over 74% responding 'NO'.
I realize this is might be outside the bounds of good reporting, but, we're a blog and that gives us a bit of a wiggle when it comes to strict adherence to the ideas of 'proper' journalism practices. That high of a percentage of my fellow San Franciscans voting 'no' on this issue seems highly unlikely and smacks of homophobic manipulations by outside forces to me. Perhaps the poll is being subverted by individuals or groups from beyond our City who find Harvey Milk and what he stood for unseemly?
If you have an opinion please follow the link and vote: http://www.sfgate.com/news/