Blue Angels ban effort isn’t over, S.F. supe says

The fight over the U.S. Navy Blue Angels’ multiday flyover will continue, Supervisor Chris Daly vowed Monday, after his efforts to ground the fighter planes during Fleet Week was put on hold.

The nonbinding resolution to ban the aerial show due to safety concerns was tabled by Supervisors Michela Alioto-Pier and Sean Elsbernd during a committee hearing.

Daly told The Examiner that he was working to get three other supervisors to support the resolution and allow him to pull it out of committee for a votebefore the full board. Because the board will be taking a recess for the remainder of the month, after today’s meeting, the resolution will not come up again until September.

At Monday’s meeting, Daly said he drafted the nonbinding resolution in response to a fatal crash that occurred during a Blue Angels air show in April in Beaufort County, S.C., in which the pilot of the jet crashed, injuring eight people on the ground. During the last 60 years, Blue Angel air shows held elsewhere in the nation have resulted in 26 fatalities, four within the last 22 years.

The District 6 supervisor wrote the resolution with three peace advocacy groups: CodePink, Global Exchange and the local chapter of Veterans for Peace. It also charges that the thunderous sound of the Blue Angels flying overhead puts veterans of war “at risk of being traumatized,” and that the jet fuel that is burned harms the environment.

Supporters of the event say it honors the military and veterans of the armed forces and is the highlight of San Francisco’s Fleet Week celebration, this year scheduled for Oct. 4 through Oct. 9. The event helps bring in millions of dollars into the local economy.

Monday afternoon, Mayor Gavin Newsom issued a statement in support of Fleet Week and the Blue Angels.

Examiner Staff Writer Joshua Sabatini contributed to this story.

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