Daly persists with move to ground Blue Angels

Supervisor Chris Daly introduced a resolution Tuesday that would put an end to the popular U.S. Navy Blue Angels aerial show in San Francisco.

Daly's proposal requests that The City’s federal representatives use their authority to halt the flyovers during San Francisco’s FleetWeek, a tradition dating back to 1981 that pumps millions of dollars into the local economy. This year’s Fleet Week is scheduled for Oct. 4 through Oct. 9.

Daly said he wants the Board of Supervisors to support a halt to “the unnecessary flyovers” due to safety concerns, noting there have been 26 fatalities related to the Blue Angels during the last 26 years. The most recent Blue Angels crash was during an April air show in Beaufort, S.C.

“The potential for an accident in San Francisco is significant,” Daly said.

Daly also said a halt should be considered because the flyovers could traumatize immigrants from war-torn countries and war veterans living in San Francisco, as well as the environmental impact from the use of an “inordinate amount” of jet fuel.

Daly drafted the resolution in collaboration with three local peace advocacy groups, CodePink, Global Exchange and Veterans for Peace, Chapter 69.

The resolution is expected to be heard in the coming weeks by a Board of Supervisors committee, and would require a vote by the full Board of Supervisors for approval.

jsabatini@examiner.com

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