Harvey Milk airport!

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Maybe this Dan Niccoleta photo will be in the main SFO terminal

First of all, it's a great idea.

Major airports get named after people who have had a major impact on society (LaGuardia, Kennedy) or heros (Lt. Commander Edward O'Hare) and Harvey Milk was both. SFO is the gateway to the United States for millions of travelers, much as Kennedy is on the East Coast, and the idea that all of them would be potentially exposed to Milk's life and legacy is wonderful.

Sup. Scott Wiener supports the idea, but says it will "spark a robust debate" about other people who have contributed to San Francisco, and I've heard the names Dianne Feinstein and Willie Brown mentioned. Both were bad mayors, both sold out the city to developers, both would be an embarassment -- but that's not the point. There are plenty of politicians like Feinstein and Brown in the world; there was only one Harvey Milk.

Thanks to Sup. Campos for the idea. I suspect it will get about 70 percent of the vote.

Comments

Meaningless statement from a troll who excels at them

Posted by Guest on Jan. 15, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

Got you to respond!

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Jan. 15, 2013 @ 4:46 pm

Lucretia,
oohhh....tell us how you really feel...
some may want to know who milk was...especially when the name change happens, if it happens...and it seems like good timing on that front to me.

Let's face it. San Francisco is a welcoming place and a known welcoming place for the gay community. And that's a good thing. One of the reasons i felt good about moving here...So it's right on that level I think, in my humble opinion. It doesn't have to be a "president"...he was the first openly gay elected in the country...I do need to read the biography though--I want to know more than I do, and I should have watched the film by now as well, but...I haven't...

I always think it's interesting to find out who streets were named after, and such. It's just another way to access history. Those who take the trouble to discover things will be rewarded...kind of like staying through the credits when watching a movie...'course i wouldn't have known that had i not taken a film class once upon a time...but history is all around us if you take the time to be curious... so I say, there's more to a HM Airport than an SFO....
Sweet dreams.

Posted by Daniele E. on Jan. 15, 2013 @ 11:47 pm
Posted by Guest on Jan. 16, 2013 @ 7:43 am

Mixing fat and xenophobic jokes in one sentence?

Posted by Hortencia on Jan. 16, 2013 @ 11:08 am

Tamales are a common food there. Hardly "xenophobic" to note that.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Jan. 16, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

"Perhaps he inspired tubby little Campos back when he was downing his daily ration of tamales in Guatemala".
Yeah, it is kind of offensive...daily ration? what, and how's your daily ration of hamburger going down?

San Francisco is distinguished by being a town that is welcoming—more than many, though of course, it has its problems like any other city.

You want me to get out more? How about you open your eyes more...no, wait...your heart.

Posted by Daniele E. on Jan. 16, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

If we cannot gently mock and pampoon political figures, and particularly rather extreme ones, then whom?

Lighten up.

Posted by anon on Jan. 16, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

is open minded and inviting?

So good.

Posted by matlock on Jan. 16, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

It's your condescending tone and sense of privilege as a white American beotch that's bigoted, combined with that meanspirited little swipe at another person's cultural background. (btw, Campos is not fat.)

Posted by Guest on Jan. 16, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

You clearly haven't unlearned your own white privilege because you're seeing it in everything else everyone writes. Perhaps it's time to unlearn that privilege? (btw, no one ever said Campos was fat. He clearly has a weight problem with which he struggles, as does 90% of the rest of the American public including many Central American brothers and sisters. Personally I'd describe David as "pretty plus." Which I find quite attractive).

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Jan. 16, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

"First of all, it's a great idea."----BG

While the media, publications and GLBTQ people are falling all over themselves gushing over this idea...

What's the real reason behind it? Has anyone thought to ask? I always like to look for the real reasons behind things that politicians do.

I read a post on another site that suggested that this the launching of David Campos's assembly seat campaign to replace Tom Ammiano's seat. Is that true? Because what GLBTQ legislation has Campos authored during his time on the Board? Can't think of anything. Might that be what this is really about?...to attach himself to the Milk name to run for the assembly?

(Oh of course it can't be about that and how cynical of you to even assert such a thing because a politician wouldn't do that sort of thing. Politicians act out of conviction and not what is in their best interests politically....yeah sure they do...LOL).

Just asking.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 15, 2013 @ 4:57 pm

In more interesting news, the committee appointments Chiu just announced seem like a slap at Campos and Kim. Farrell is chair of the Budget Committee and Wiener is chair of of Land Use...

Posted by The Commish on Jan. 15, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

If you are going to name the airport after obscure historical San Franciscans, there are some other alternatives:

Emperor Norton Airport - imagine explaining this to tourists!

"Dirty Harry" Callahan Airport - granted, he's fictional, but imagine tourists arriving under an inscription: "Do You Feel Lucky, Punk?" Instant tourist attraction!

Carol Doda Airport - hey, how many airports are named after women? The airport symbology takes care of itself!

Mitchell Brothers Airport - we won't even discuss the airport symbology here! ***Not*** like General Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee!

Jim Jones Airport - named after the noted San Franciscan left-wing POC community organizer and religious leader!

Jerry Garcia Airport - would require fundamental revision of TSA search procedures at the airport!

But come on, if we are going to name the airport after someone, it needs to be:

Willie Brown Airport - the Master of master politicians, who has more class and style in his little pinkie than the SFBG staff has combined. He represents the true essence of San Francisco, as opposed to whiny "progressives".

Visitors arriving to Willie Brown Airport could be greeted with a giant fedora hanging from the ceiling! It could become the only airport in the United States with a mandatory dress code!

Do it - give voters a choice on who to name the airport after! I know who they will choose! Besides, it will make the heads of the SFBG staff explode!

Posted by Demented, Yet Terribly, Terribly, Persistent on Jan. 15, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

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Posted by lillipublicans on Jan. 15, 2013 @ 9:43 pm
Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Jan. 15, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

I would welcome the fact to reject Willie Brown at the polls. Bring that shit on.

Posted by marcos on Jan. 15, 2013 @ 9:59 pm

Racist.

Posted by Demented, Yet Terribly, Terribly, Persistent on Jan. 15, 2013 @ 10:13 pm

SFO already has a name, Mills Field, don't know much of the history of why or when. The Mills Family used to live in Millbrae, they also had a flying club on a private airstrip near the family home. The Navy flew planes out of here until WW2, then the navy decided to swap land with San Francsico. Navy got Treasure Island, San Francisco got Mills Field and the rest is history

Why not just call it Harvey Milk Field at San Francisco International Airport. It will always be called SFO, the name Mills is mostly used by older people that worked in the airline industry. My grandparents use to call it Mills.

San Francisco Airport or with International Airport, Harvey Milk San Francisco International Airport, it will always be SFO.

Oh by the way Norman Mineta is know in San Jose, was born there, spent some of his youth in a internment camp, served in the army, came back from UCB, was a city council member and the 59th mayor of San Jose.

Posted by Garrett on Jan. 16, 2013 @ 10:23 am
Posted by Guest on Jan. 16, 2013 @ 10:53 am

I wonder if you'd feel the same if the street had been renamed for Ronald Reagan. Calling it Army Street is a political choice, too.

Posted by Hortencia on Jan. 16, 2013 @ 11:12 am

When they are offended they go into hysterics. The name Army St offended them. I remember reading opinion pieces about how we are much better people in SF than to have a street named after the ARMY.

The idea of the squares being all worked up over naming the airport after Milk really excites them, they can demonstrate their openmindedness by freaking out.

They revel in sticking it to their racist and hick strawmen, anyone opposed to their schemes is a racist and a bigot, if their is an election on the subject they will be marginalizing themselves further by screaming bigot at every turn.

Posted by matlock on Jan. 21, 2013 @ 5:03 pm

argument, and voters changed the name of Army Street to Cesar Chavez Street. Call it what you like, but why are the preferences of voters only sometimes valid when you harp about the moderation of San Francisco voters?

Whatever you call the street, you know where you can hire the cheapest possible labor, easy to exploit because of their immigration status, and allowing you to avoid laws regarding payroll taxes, minimum wage, and workers compensation.

Although once legal, child labor and slavery are now outlawed. Too bad for you in your quest for money at the expense of others.

Posted by Eddie on Jan. 16, 2013 @ 11:14 am

This must be the only city that has propositions on whether a street gets renamed, or a apartment building gets built.

But hey, OK, let's have a poll of the voters and give them five names including Milk. I'll bet another name would win.

But if you give the voters only one choice of name, then that's hardly a mandate.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 16, 2013 @ 11:44 am

This is BAD politically correct garbage of the foolish non-common sense type that has become typical in San Francisco. Remember Army Street

Posted by Guest on Jan. 18, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

Let's get serious about names-I'll start:
Carol Doda international, Sourdough International. S.F. Is SO MUCH MORE THAN A GAY MECCA!!

Posted by Guest on Jan. 18, 2013 @ 6:29 pm

"I suspect it will get about 70 percent of the vote." The vote, if it makes it to the ballot, will probably be much closer than that. I don't see the Marina crowd, Asian Americans, or African Americans voting for this name change in large numbers. (Or even Castro residents, for that matter.)

There seems to be a lot of opposition to this idea, for a wide variety of reasons. If folks didn't want to name a sewage plant after Bush, it stands to reason that they may not want to name the airport for Milk, or anyone else for that matter.

Posted by Common Sense SF on Jan. 21, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

I voted for that because I thought it was funny, I would vote for the sewage plant to be named after anyone, including myself, just because I think it is funny.

I wouldn't vote to change the name of the airport for anyone. The left and right and their meaningless symbolism is just tiresome. The goal of Campos is to get his name in the paper.

Posted by matlock on Jan. 21, 2013 @ 4:47 pm

For those not aware of the background of the murder of Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone in 1978 by Supervisor Dan White, a little history about the event is worth knowing. When one remembers the actions by Harvey Milk that proceeded his murder, the late Harvey Milk does not come out looking so good IMO.

Sup. White and his wife ran a retail shop at Pier 39 I believe. That was their main source of income. The salary for a supe then was a lot less than now (inflation-adjusted). Sup. White was having financial difficulties and had told taken some action towards resigning his supe position so that he could put more energy toward his retail business and overcome his family's financial difficulties (he also had kids he and his wife had to support).

I don't recall the exact details but he may have submitted his resignation (he must have or else Moscone wouldn't have had the power to prevent him from staying a supe).

Shortly thereafter, he decided he wanted to rescind his resignation and asked Mayor Moscone to re-appoint him. Sup. Milk put pressure on Moscone to not give White his supe position back. I think this was a really slimeball thing to do by Milk considering White had resigned for financial reasons because his small biz was not doing great and the supe salary was pretty low then.

Of course Milk's actions or Moscone's were no justification for Dan White to murder them for what they did to him but despite being murdered, Harvey Milk's actions towards Dan White in pressuring Moscone to not give White his job back when he won it fare and square was, as I said, pretty slimy.

Just because he was the first openly gay person to be a SF supe is no reason to name SFO or anything else that is public property after him or Moscone.

Moscone no longer looks very heroic either from the viewpt of 2013 as it's recently been revealed he was using his position as SF Mayor to do favors for the Rev. Jim Jones - murderer of 800 or so ppl in Guyana - by appointing him to City positions so that Jim Jones would provide Mr. Moscone African-American women from the People's Temple (Jones' church) so that Mr. Moscone could have sex with them - despite Moscone being married and the father of three, I believe, high school age children.

So I don't want any airport or any other public property named after Harvey Milk or George Moscone (or Dan White) in the future. From the viewpt of 2013, Mr. Milk or Mr. Moscone don't look very honorable to me. Mr. Milk should have kept his mouth shut regarding Mr. White's supe position for Mr. White was the one chosen by the ppl of that supe district and a decent man wouldn't have kicked Dan White when he was down because his small business was having financial difficulties. Like I said, Harvey Milk should have STFU and Moscone should have allowed White to finish his supe term (and should not have been using his position as SF mayor to get sexual favors from Jim Jones).

And beyond that, David Campos also comes off looking like a slimeball in using this move to blatantly increase his chances in getting Tom Ammiano's Assembly seat since Ammiano will be term limited after this term. I hope everyone works hard to prevent Mr. Campos from getting elected to any more positions since this move by him to abuse large public institutions for his own personal gain is also really slimy and reason enough to retire him for good.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 22, 2013 @ 1:50 am
SFO

I think it should be named Dan White International Airport!

Posted by Guest on Jan. 23, 2013 @ 6:00 am

I recommend that San Francisco International Airport (SFO) be named after former California State Assembly-person Carol Migden, a hands-on politician who was in-touch with her constituents. The memory of Harvey Milk is too distant (1978) for many of us.

Posted by Awayneramsey on Jan. 23, 2013 @ 1:54 pm
Posted by anon on Jan. 23, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

I recommend that San Francisco International Airport (SFO) be named after former California State Assembly-person Carol Migden, a hands-on politician who was in-touch with her constituents. The memory of Harvey Milk is too distant (1978) for many of us.

Posted by Awayneramsey on Jan. 23, 2013 @ 2:09 pm