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San Francisco airport won’t be renamed for Harvey Milk

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Supervisor David Campos said Tuesday that he has abandoned a proposal to rename San Francisco International Airport after slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk and instead plans to pursue getting an airport terminal named in Milk’s honor.
Campos said he gave up on the idea of putting a question on the ballot asking voters to approve the name change after the plan generated a fair amount of opposition, including from Mayor Ed Lee.

Some fellow politicians, business leaders and members of the public wanted the airport renamed after someone else or no one at all, Campos said.

Campos now plans to introduce an ordinance establishing a committee that would recommend which of SFO’s four terminals should be named for Milk.

The committee, to be appointed by the mayor and the Board of Supervisors, will have three months to come back with its recommendation. It also will be asked to suggest other airport structures that could be named in honor of other prominent San Franciscans.

“We wanted to do it in a way that was a unifying thing as opposed to having a political fight,” Campos said of the compromise. “And we believe that is the best way to honor Harvey.”