Nancy Pelosi Drive in GG Park not official yet 

click to enlarge Road: The Rec and Park Commission has to approve a waiver for the name change. - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER
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  • Road: The Rec and Park Commission has to approve a waiver for the name change.

Don’t change the name on the map just yet.

It’s been more than a month since the Recreation and Park Department held a ceremony honoring California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, with a new street name in Golden Gate Park, but the change isn’t official yet.

While there is a sign in Golden Gate Park with the name Nancy Pelosi Drive, the street is technically still Middle Drive East, a title with significantly less meaning to the former Speaker of the House.

The Rec and Park Commission still needs to approve a waiver to a department rule that requires a six-month waiting period for renaming facilities and signs under its jurisdiction.

Pelosi, Mayor Ed Lee and several other dignitaries celebrated the street name with a big get-together May 21, but because the six-month period hadn’t been waived at that point, the event did not change anything, said Connie Chan, spokeswoman for Rec and Park.

 “That was just a ceremony,” said Chan. “We still have to follow the official process.”

The May event coincided with Pelosi’s 25th year in Congress.

On July 19, the park commission will hold a public hearing to vote on waiving the six-month waiting period for renaming signs. If the waiver is approved by the seven-person governing body, then Nancy Pelosi Drive — which connects Martin Luther King Jr. Drive with John F. Kennedy Drive — will finally become official.

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