Monday, July 30, 2007
What Happened to San Francisco?
CodePink, Global Exchange and Veterans for Peace, Chapter 69, are working with Supervisor Chris Daly on a Board of Supervisors resolution to address concerns over the Blue Angels.
Daly acknowledged he is considering a call to halt the flyovers because, he said, “they seem dangerous and unnecessary.” Daly said he plans on introducing the resolution as early as Tuesday, but is still drafting the language. A resolution is not legally binding, but states a board position.
The Blue Angels, a team of navy fighter pilots, fly over San Francisco during Fleet Week, which this year is scheduled for Oct. 4 through Oct. 9. For four of the six days, the flashy blue- and yellow-striped planes soar through the skies over the northern waterfront at speeds reaching 700 miles per hour, and perform such maneuvers as vertical rolls. As part of the show, six planes group together in tight formation to perform deft maneuvers.
The Blue Angels have 35 air shows scheduled in 2007 in various U.S. locations. Last year, more than 15 million people watched the fighter pilots.
Edward Leonard, chairman of the San Francisco Fleet Week Committee, said that since the April plane crash, the Blue Angels are back flying and “we think it’s safe.” He added that the planes’ maneuvers require approval by the Federal Aviation Administration, the more challenging maneuvers are conducted over the Bay waters and that “commercial airlines fly over The City all the time.”
Fleet Week attracts about 1 million people to The City’s waterfront and sinks about $4 million into The City’s economy, according to Leonard. When the Blue Angels did not fly over San Francisco in 2004, attendance and revenue dropped by more than 50 percent, he said.
Leonard said Fleet Week comes with a variety of benefits, from boosting the local economy to providing people “a chance to say thanks for the people serving in the military now.”
CodePink has launched an online petition, signed by more than 500 people to date, calling on leaders to end the flyovers for reasons of public safety, air pollution and fuel waste.
Cox said the resolution would establish that city leaders and the public are not in support of having the Blue Angels.
“We can then take the next steps we have to legally stop them,” he said.
posted by El Capitan at 4:13 PM
I think that if this next Blue Angel performance over SF is going to be the last gig, The Navy should load up the pylons on the F-18s and have at it.
I'm not saying they should nuke the place. Just some basic strategic hits to leave a mark, or three.
Tumbleweed, thanks for covering for me. Mi Casa es Su Casa Amigo. Heck, tell Mrs. Tumbleweed to have at it too. I wanna hear about ComiCon 2007 Baby!
I'll email you ASAP. Even better, I'll have a webcam set up soon. Cheers!
TW, I think your last sentence about covers it... Why don't we encourage them to just secede?7:57 PM
just paint pink with YELLOW Stripes!!!! for the show. then they can go down lo and in the BACK DOOR!!!!9:55 AM
Thank you for bringing such nice posts. Your blog is always fascinating to read.2:45 AM
El Capitan, Anon,
Thanks for the kind words. Why the hell would anyone want to support fleet week when the people who support fleet week encourage the bombing of SF. Even as a joke!
If you hate SF and the people who live here some much, MOVE! There's plenty of the country where people are quite fine with celebration of war. So this doesn't happen to be one of them. Don't like, leave. Just stop threatening SF with violence and then wondering why we don't like it when people glorify violence. Maybe it's because we feel threatened by people like you.
Really? A whole 4 dollars per person? You're sure!! I can't stand it, what a windfall!!
It probably only costs about $10-20 dollars per person to re-route bus lines, run extra trains and ferries hire extra police, waste time in traffic and clean up after a million people, so I can't possibly understand why we wouldn't want their 4 dollars.
Oh wait, maybe it's because it doesn't make sense as a business proposition.