Supes throw caution to the wind,
dismiss Blue Angels crash history
Supervisors threw caution to the wind yesterday in opposing an
amended resolution sponsored by Supervisor Chris Daly that aimed
to protect the citizens of San Francsico from a potential mass
loss of life in the event of a mid-air collision during the annual
Blue Angels daredevil show over the City.
By Caitlin Cassady
September 26, 2007
San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly's hopes of halting the U.S.
Navy's Blue Angels show from performing its aerial acrobatics
over the city during Fleet Week crashed yesterday when the board
of supervisors failed the resolution.
Supervisors voted down the resolution just before 2:30 p.m. Newly
appointed interim Supervisor Carmen Chu, who attended her first
meeting as the representative for District 4, voted against the
Interim District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu
After a slight technical problem, Daly showed the board members
taken after fatal air accident, which occurred during a Blue Angels
show in April in a small rural town in South Carolina.
"Beaufort, South Carolina has a population of 12,950 people,''
Daly said, "and when a Blue Angel plane crashed there eight
people on the ground were injured. What would happen if this happened
over a heavily populated area like San Francisco?''
Before the supervisors voted on the resolution, Daly addressed
the board and reiterated the reasons he believes that the Blue
Angels show should be halted.
Daly submitted the resolution because he said it is "not
a necessary risk that the city needs to take.'' He believes that
having the fighter pilot exhibition over a densely populated area
like San Francisco poses an unwarranted risk to life and property.
"It is strictly for entertainment and an accident would
cause significant loss of life,'' Daly said.
The Blue Angels had its first air show in Jacksonville, Fla.,
in 1946. About 15 million spectators see the Blue Angels in air
shows each year.
Blue Angels' air shows have resulted in 26 fatalities nationally
during the past 60 years.
The group's mission is to enhance Navy and Marine Corps recruiting
efforts. An annual tradition in San Francisco since 1981, Fleet
Week this year is scheduled for Oct. 4-9. The celebration is held
to honor those serving in the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and Marine
Following the vote, Daly told Fog City Journal: "The public
now knows the position of their supervisors on this issue."
Supervisors Aaron Peskin, Michela Alioto-Pier, Sophie Maxwell,
Sean Elsbernd, Carmen Chu, Bevan Dufty and Gerardo Sandoval voted
against the resolution.
Supervisors Daly, Tom Ammiano and Ross Mirkarimi voted for the
Supervisor Jake McGoldrick was absent from the meeting.
Luke Thomas contributed to this report.
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