Four people have applied for the four seats the Board of Supervisors will fill on an advisory body tasked with picking a terminal at San Francisco International Airport to name after slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk.
Earlier this year gay District 9 Supervisor David Campos caused an uproar when he sought to rename SFO after Milk, the city’s first openly gay elected official who was assassinated a year after his historic victory in 1977.
In April the Bay Area Reporter broke the news that Campos and Mayor Ed Lee had brokered a compromise deal to name one of the airport’s four terminals on behalf of Milk rather than the entire aviation facility. A panel called the Airport Facilities Naming Advisory Committee was created to advise the board and mayor on the matter.
Lee is to name five people to the committee and the board was given four seats to fill. It will have three months to present its recommendation to the board and could also recommend names for all of the airport’s terminals, as well as boarding areas and control towers. There are three domestic terminals and an international terminal.
The board’s rules committee is set to review the applicants for the four board-nominated seats at its hearing Thursday, October 31. They are Alex Walker; Jon Ballesteros; Maggie Weiland; and Steven Guilliams.
Ballesteros, a gay man who is vice president of public policy at San Francisco Travel, the city’s tourism bureau, currently serves on a separate airport facilities naming committee created by the city’s Airport Commission. That body has been devising a policy for the commission to follow when it seeks to honor its former members, airport officials and staffers, or others by naming something at SFO other them.
The Rules Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. in Room 263 at City Hall. Once it votes the matter will then go before the full Board of Supervisors for a final decision.