SFO naming panel announced to set guidelines 

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People from the business, nonprofit and aviation worlds are expected to be named today to a panel that will address renaming guidelines for San Francisco International Airport, a person familiar with the proceedings said.

The announcement follows legislation introduced in January by Supervisor David Campos that would ask San Francisco voters to add slain Supervisor Harvey Milk’s name to San Francisco International Airport. The renaming, Campos has said, would recognize the civil-rights leader who was fatally shot at City Hall in 1978.

After the legislation — which has yet to be heard by the Board of Supervisors — was introduced, the Airport Commission expressed concerns. At the advisory body’s meeting two weeks ago, it announced its intention to form an eight-person panel to recommend policies and procedures for naming things at the airport, from parts of terminals to the entire site, a person familiar with the panel announcement said.

The committee will hold meetings with government, nonprofit and business groups, including travel associations, before recommending new guidelines, a source said. The committee idea came after the Airport Commission realized there are no guidelines as to what may be renamed at the airport and how that would occur, the source said.

Campos’ proposal was met with questions about whether the airport should include Milk’s or anyone’s name and costs associated with such a change.

Groups including the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce have denounced the proposal, but others, including Milk’s nephew Stuart Milk, have rallied behind the effort, which needs the approval of the Board of Supervisors to be placed on the ballot.

A March report by the San Francisco Budget and Legislative Analyst’s Office said the cost to add Milk’s name could be $355,000 to several million depending on how many signs are replaced, especially on nearby roadways.

Campos has said any costs could by privately financed.



Committee members

  • Linda Crayton – airport commissioner
  • Carol Ito – former airport commissioner
  • Melinda Yee Franklin – United Airlines’ western region director of corporate and government affairs
  • Rosanne Foust -- president and CEO of San Mateo County Economic Development Association
  • Lee Blitch – SFSU University Foundation board member
  • Joanne Hayes-White – SFFD chief
  • Pam David – National Gay and Lesbian Task Force board member
  • John Reyes – S.F. Travel Association executive vice president
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