If you don't like it, move to flyover country!

If San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly gets his way, the Blue Angels would be banned from flying over San Francisco:

SAN FRANCISCO (Map, News) - The annual aerial show by the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels -- a San Francisco tradition dating back to 1981 that pumps millions into the local economy -- is running into opposition from three local peace advocacy groups that are calling for a permanent halt to the popular Fleet Week flyover.

CodePink, Global Exchange and Veterans for Peace, Chapter 69, are working with Supervisor Chris Daly on a Board of Supervisors resolution to address concerns over the Blue Angels.

Daly acknowledged he is considering a call to halt the flyovers because, he said, "they seem dangerous and unnecessary." Daly said he plans on introducing the resolution as early as Tuesday, but is still drafting the language. A resolution is not legally binding, but states a board position.

The Blue Angels, a team of navy fighter pilots, fly over San Francisco during Fleet Week, which this year is scheduled for Oct. 4 through Oct. 9. For four of the six days, the flashy blue- and yellow-striped planes soar through the skies over the northern waterfront at speeds reaching 700 miles per hour, and perform such maneuvers as vertical rolls. As part of the show, six planes group together in tight formation to perform deft maneuvers.

In what's probably an indication that even local San Franciscans are furious, Daly seems to be backing down -- for now:
A resolution that would call for a permanent halt to the Blue Angels annual Fleet Week flyovers won't be introduced to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, according to its potential sponsor.

Supervisor Chris Daly, when asked about the progress of his resolution, told The Examiner on Thursday, "Because of you, I haven't gotten any work done today, and because of you, I am not going to introduce it on Tuesday."

Daly was apparently flooded with media inquiries as well as phone calls from residents weighing in on the U.S. Navy Blue Angels on Thursday, after The Examiner reported that he is drafting the resolution with local peace advocacy groups CodePink, Global Exchange and Veterans for Peace, Chapter 69.

Daly now says he is "going to introduce it some other time."

How dare the SF Examiner interfere with this man's agenda by causing him to be flooded with inquiries?

This is of course all very predictable coming from someone like Chris Daly -- a man I think epitomizes smug trendiness, who refused to allow the U.S.S. Iowa in San Francisco's maritime museum, and who of course hates the military with every bone in his body.

He's also a no-growth progressive, who opposes development, but whose policies encourage sprawl:

...fulfillment of the no-growth imperative that brought some of them to office is the greatest legacy of the current, progressive Board of Supervisors. And it's the greatest delight of real estate speculators and other property owners who see their equity increasing in response to a building shortage, and of anti-development lawyers, turf-hungry public-welfare charities, and nonprofit developers adept at gaming the building-approval process.

In helping their friends, the progressives have ruined things for the rest of us. They've greatly exacerbated the city's housing shortage, discouraged employers from locating here, made impossible in San Francisco the middle-class dream of owning a home, and spurred the environment-destroying sprawl that's degrading once-beautiful Northern California. To listen to supervisors describe it at meetings, you'd think development pressure just went away once housing projects were killed. But the fact is, every person must, and most people do, find places to live, even if they aren't in this city. People move against their better wishes into housing tracts built at the edges of the Bay Area, in what had been open space. Then, by dint of artificially created necessity, they must commute huge distances by car. (You're not going to believe this, but I've heard S.F. progressives claim they favor preserving the environment.)

In the Mission, the progressives are trying to block 1,000 desperately needed apartments from being built exactly where they should be -- in a blighted neighborhood that's near transit lines and downtown.

There are unremarked monuments to the failure of San Francisco progressivism across the city. Vacant buildings and weedy, crime-infested blocks -- once slated to be new residential and apartment districts -- pockmark San Francisco. Homeless residents live on the streets, and middle-income families pack into tiny apartments, because neither can afford a better place to live, because progressive policies ultimately work to keep the supply of housing low and rents, therefore, exorbitant. Because housing isn't built here, ugly sprawl development pops up where it can -- across the Central Valley and into the Sacramento River Delta and the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Leftist city policies actually encourage sprawl?

I never really thought about it, but it makes a lot of sense.

Chasing away the Blue Angels will probably have a similar effect.

"Get out of our smug and trendy city!"

posted by Eric on 06.11.07 at 02:06 PM


Supervisor Chris Daly, when asked about the progress of his resolution, told The Examiner on Thursday, "Because of you, I haven't gotten any work done today, and because of you, I am not going to introduce it on Tuesday."

Dude has to remove his tie to take a leak, his head is so far up his ---.

Papertiger   ·  June 11, 2007 2:35 PM

Don't the housing prices also encourage sprawl? It's a wonder that an individual who's not a card carrying communist, would live there.

Of course, we do get to experience some residual value from SF antics from afar. They enact silly policies that generate bad outcomes. Thus, it is easier to prevent bad policy elsewhere.

mtlibertyproject   ·  June 11, 2007 3:01 PM

I get a more direct value. SF policy drives up property value in Sacramento, due to the mass exodus.

Silver linings.

Papertiger   ·  June 11, 2007 7:34 PM

Chris Daly has no power to stop the Blue Angels from flying over SF:

The U. S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron

The Blue Angels’ mission is to enhance Navy and Marine Corps recruiting efforts and to represent the naval service to the United States, its elected leadership and foreign nations. The Blue Angels serve as positive role models and goodwill ambassadors for the U. S. Navy and Marine Corps.

You see Chris, as part of the United States military, they don't have to obey your puny board resolutions because federal laws preempt any state law or city ordinance. Thank god for small favors...

patrick   ·  June 11, 2007 10:32 PM

I imagine it is dangerous to be a fool when the Blue Angels are flying overhead. Buzzing your office. Dropping ordinance.

Puts a new face on urban renewal, that.

Socrates   ·  June 12, 2007 4:55 AM


Socrates   ·  June 12, 2007 4:56 AM

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