SAN FRANCISCO- On Tuesday (Jan 17, 2024), the governing body of San Francisco International Airport (SFO) declared its decision to rename the international terminal in honor of the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a pioneering figure in California politics who passed away last year.
This initiative by the San Francisco Airport Commission was prompted by the efforts of a notable local group known as the Dianne Feinstein 100-Plus Committee.
San Francisco Terminal New Name
Led by former San Francisco mayor and longtime state Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, the committee submitted a renaming application to the commission in November.
Jim Gonzalez, a spokesperson for the group, expressed that naming the San Francisco International Terminal after Sen. Feinstein serves as a fitting tribute to a woman who paved the way for numerous female leaders across the city, state, and nation.
Apart from the physical change in the terminal’s signage, Gonzalez highlighted that international travelers will have the opportunity to contemplate the legacy of someone “who is an incredible defender of democracy, someone who always stood against authoritarianism and was, in her own right, a civil rights leader for all communities.”
In addition to the alteration in nomenclature, the airport commission has announced its intention to work closely with the Feinstein 100-Plus Committee on additional initiatives aimed at commemorating Feinstein’s enduring legacy, specifically in connection to both the airport and the city of San Francisco.
Renowned Work by Dianne Feinstein
Following a thorough examination of the proposal to rename the terminal, the airport commission articulated that it identified “compelling reasons to honor the nominee.”
In an official press release, the commission enumerated various noteworthy accomplishments spearheaded by Feinstein.
This included her pivotal role in negotiating a transformative 30-year lease and usage agreement with airlines, fundamentally reshaping the airport’s business landscape and paving the way for the construction of its inaugural international terminal, which was inaugurated in 1983.
The commission highlighted Feinstein’s contributions, acknowledging her instrumental role in facilitating direct BART transit to the international terminal.
Additionally, her support for implementing SFO’s inaugural in-line baggage screening system post-9/11 and efforts to enable SFO’s access to new FAA technology for enhanced safety and reduced delays were noted.
As of now, there is no specified timeline for the implementation of the renaming and associated modifications.
Feinstein, the first woman to represent California in the Senate and the longest-serving woman in that capacity, passed away at the age of 90 in September due to natural causes.
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