Don’t change the name on the map just yet.
It’s been more than a month since the Recreation and Park Department held a ceremony honoring California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, with a new street name in Golden Gate Park, but the change isn’t official yet.
While there is a sign in Golden Gate Park with the name Nancy Pelosi Drive, the street is technically still Middle Drive East, a title with significantly less meaning to the former Speaker of the House.
The Rec and Park Commission still needs to approve a waiver to a department rule that requires a six-month waiting period for renaming facilities and signs under its jurisdiction.
Pelosi, Mayor Ed Lee and several other dignitaries celebrated the street name with a big get-together May 21, but because the six-month period hadn’t been waived at that point, the event did not change anything, said Connie Chan, spokeswoman for Rec and Park.
“That was just a ceremony,” said Chan. “We still have to follow the official process.”
The May event coincided with Pelosi’s 25th year in Congress.
On July 19, the park commission will hold a public hearing to vote on waiving the six-month waiting period for renaming signs. If the waiver is approved by the seven-person governing body, then Nancy Pelosi Drive — which connects Martin Luther King Jr. Drive with John F. Kennedy Drive — will finally become official.