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San Francisco airport won't be renamed for Harvey Milk

SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco lawmaker 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.

Supervisor David Campos said he gave up on the idea of putting a question on the city ballot asking voters to approve the name change after the plan generated a fair amount of opposition, including from the city's daily newspaper and Mayor Edwin 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 San Francisco International's four passenger terminals should be named for Milk.

The committee, to be appointed by the mayor and the San Francisco 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.


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