Halt the Blue Angels!Mon, June 25, 2007 - 12:43 PM
Halt the Blue Angels!
A resolution seeking a permanent halt to the annual Blue Angels air show over the City of San Francisco will appear in front of the Board of Supervisors this week, Tuesday, led by Supervisor Chris Daly.
Each October, the Blue Angels performs an air show over the City of San Francisco as part of the Fleet Week, based on the recent history and the style of their performance in which the slightest error by a pilot or a mechanical malfunction has been known to have disastrous effects, the Blue Angels air show poses an unwarranted risk to life and property in the densely populated, urban environment of San Francisco.
The Blue Angels is an elite Navy exhibition squadron that tours the United States to perform air shows, involving dare devil maneuvers and tight flight; Over the past 60 years, the air show has resulted in 26 fatalities, most recently on April 21, 2007 Beaufort County, South Carolina, when Blue Angels pilot Lt. Cmdr. Kevin J. Davis, tragically crashed into several neighborhood homes, killing himself and injuring eight people on the ground.
The Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet jets make a considerable amount of noise pollution with volume rising to levels that exceed legal limits for the civilian community; the jets terrorize small children, seniors, pets and local wildlife; San Francisco is a Sancturay City for many immigrants from war torn countries and home to thousands of veterans of war who have experienced air bombardment and are at risk of being traumatized when the Blue Angels perform. The City and County of San Francisco has taken steps to contribute to the effort to stem global climate change and to avert the catastrophic consequences of air pollution, nevertheless, the Blue Angels spew tons of toxic exhaust during their fly overs.
We ask that you encourage the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco to support the permanent halt to the annual Blue Angels air show over the city. We urge those who work/live in San Francisco to contact your Supervisor today and ask him/her to support the resolution to halt the Blue Angels city fly overs.
Phone: (415) 554-7410
Fax: (415) 554-7415
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Phone: (415) 554-5144
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Phone: (415) 554-7670
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Gerardo C. Sandoval
Phone: (415) 554-6975
Fax: (415) 554-6979
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it's about time!when i lived in chicago, we all braced for the 'air & water show' weekend. for the life of me, i couldn't figure out WHY we had stunt planes screaming along the lakefront (even pre-2001). growing up in southern california, they always moved those white-trash good times to the mojave desert.
i made several attempts to bring the various points of awareness forth to the aldermen in the lake areas, to deaf ears. hopefully/typically, san francisco stands apart from other cities with this silliness weaving in and around their buildings. though i don't live or work in s.f., i will write letters, and i'm going to do a re-acquaint with those aldermen in chicago to let them know that they're falling behind...again.
Bottom line is its money (lots of money) for the city. The Air and Water Show here in Chicago doesnt only attract people in the city, but the burbs and around the country. Its a large windfall to the economy. One of the largest and most popular summer events.
Serious doubt they will do anything about it unless an alternative way of getting money was offered.
I always took that weekend of August when the air and water show is to take a long weekend off and be out of town.
I wouldnt watch them now (noise and crowds you know) , but when I was a kid (6yr-9yr) I loved the Blue Angels. My adopto dad was stationed at Dolby Air Force Base in Atlanta and the Blue Angels planes were there during alot of their down time during those years. So I got to meet some and had autographed pictures. They were alot of fun.
I still think its neat to see the planes do their tricks, but only from a distance. My ears and migranes cant handle the noise any longer. Hell most peoples breathing gives me a headache. It reminds me of the days of the daredevils and trick flyers and wing walkers of the 20's 30's etc.
|I hate it. I wish this had come up when I was working in SF and at least had a little reason for someone in SF to listen to me. It's a fucking waste of taxpayer money, it's serious noise pollution, it's hazardous (traffic watches the sky instead of where they're going). I hate hate hate it.|