“We’ve already got a good airport name.”
FACT: Supervisor David Campos’s proposal won’t change the 3 letter “SFO” name. It simply adds
Harvey Milk’s name to make it “Harvey Milk San Francisco International Airport.”
“The cost is too high.”
FACT: The airport’s estimate of $4 million represents ½ of 1% of their $783,300,000 annual
budget. The cost will not come from our general fund. The estimates also don’t take into
consideration substantial possible savings from phasing in the signage over time. Private
fundraising will also be used to help offset costs.
“The airport is not an appropriate place to name after Harvey.”
FACT: Airports are international gateways, and regions often name them after local heroes
who exemplify their values—such as Thurgood Marshall in Baltimore and John Wayne in
Orange County. Many have no connection to transportation—and not one is named after
an LGBT leader.
“This is too divisive.”
FACT: San Francisco thrives on debate and dialogue, and we have demonstrated repeatedly that
we can differ on issues without becoming divided. Those of us who believe that Harvey
Milk is a unifying force who exemplifies San Francisco values should have the opportunity
to bring our proposal to the public, just as any other group can do.
“This will tarnish Milk’s legacy.”
FACT: Harvey Milk’s legacy is about hope, courage and sacrifice in the name of civil rights. He is
a hero because he stood up to adversity and inspired others to do the same. It is hard to
imagine him shying away from a battle to forward civil rights across the globe because
victory wasn’t guaranteed in advance.