The deadly crash involving a US Navy Blue Angel last week is causing a San Francisco lawmaker to revive an initiative to ban the group from flying over the city's populated areas.
"It's about them crashing and hitting a building – a place where people live," John Avalos, a member of the city's board of supervisors, told The San Francisco Chronicle. "It's about the terror that they cause in people when they strafe neighborhoods. That's something I hear about all the time when Blue Angels fly overhead."
The Blues are generally in San Francisco at least once a year, for the annual Fleet Week celebrations. While the team does fly over the city, their main performance is over San Francisco Bay, which is usually packed with boats filled with spectators. Avalos isn't arguing for a wholesale stop to flights there.
"Flying over sailboats that choose to be about in the bay when the Blue Angels are flying – I don't really have a problem with that," he told The Chronicle.
Last year, The Washington Times reports, Avalos said the Blue Angels represent US "imperialism" and that the flights buzz the city with "feel good jingoism."
Another supervisor told The Chronicle that the flights go "against the values of peace that San Francisco stands for."
"They promote militarism, and I don't think a city like ours should be promoting that," Supervisor Eric Mar told The Chronicle.
Despite these protestations, Avalos himself recognizes that his motion isn't likely to pass. The Chronicle reports that he put forth a similar measure back in 2007, shortly after Blue Angel Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Davis was killed during a performance at Marine Air Corps Station Beaufort, South Carolina. The resolution failed to break out of committee.
"It seems like there is a lot of support for the Blue Angels every year despite the obvious risk of flying over the city," Avalos said.