Name the International Terminal at SFO after Mayor Edwin M. Lee

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Download the physical petition here: English and Chinese. Please return signed petitions to the Chinese Chamber of Commerce at 730 Sacramento Street or scan and email to sfchinesechamber@gmail.com.

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Committee for Mayor Edwin Mah Lee International Airport currently consists of the following leaders and organizations:

Co-Chair, Kitman Chan, San Francisco Chinese Chamber of Commerce 
Co-Chair, Anni Chung, Self Help for the Elderly, Co-Chair
Co-Chair, Rev. Norman Fong, Chinatown Community Development Center
Co-Chair, Henry Huey, Presiding President of Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association
Co-Chair, Bill Lee, Grand President of Lee On Dong Association of America
Co-Chair, Mary Jung, San Francisco Arts Commissioner
Co-Chair, Gorretti Lui, San Francisco War Memorial Trustee

Anders Fung, Planning Commissioner – City of Millbrae, API Council, Ning Yung Benevolent Association, Yan Wo Benevolent Association, Chinese Culture Center, Community Tenants Association, Chinese Historical Society of America, Charity Culture Services Center, Community Youth Center, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, APA Family Support Services, Ed Lee Democratic Club, Rose Pak Community Fund, Filipina Women's Network, First Voice, Association of Chinese Teachers, Chinese Newcomers Service Center, Asian Pacific American Community Center, and Tower Tours
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In less than 2 weeks, the community, led by efforts from the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, has collected 10,000 “wet ink” signatures from San Francisco and Millbrae residents. We will continue to collect signatures to bring to the next Airport Commission meeting on May 15th at 9am. The goal is to show the commission that there is strong support behind this effort to rename the International Terminal after Mayor Edwin M. Lee. Please join us at a community rally on May 14th at 11am at Portsmouth Square in San Francisco.

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The unexpected passing of Mayor Ed Lee was devastating to our community. As a civil rights leader, Mayor Lee inspired all of us with his quiet dignity and gritty determination to lift up all of our residents.

He led the City, first through one of the nation’s worst recessions and then through an unprecedented time of growth and change. As he steered the City away from fiscal disaster and toward solvency, he made sure no one was left behind. He saw to it that the wealth and prosperity of the City helped working families, immigrants and marginalized communities.

His accomplishments were many, but because of his humble demeanor, we in the community feel that he didn’t get the credit he was due. We’d like to properly acknowledge all that Mayor Lee did for us now by naming the International Terminal at San Francisco International Airport after Mayor Edwin Mah Lee.

Why? Mayor Lee inherited double digit unemployment, a nearly half billion-dollar city budget deficit and out of control pension costs that threatened to swamp the city’s budget for generations. Ed Lee rolled up he sleeves and got to work. During his tenure, we reformed our pension system, created more than 140,000 jobs reducing unemployment to all-time lows, and, for the first time in decades, the City saw budget surpluses.

When the economy roared back, Mayor Lee made sure that all boats were lifted, directing resources to address issues like affordable housing, homelessness and income inequality. His targeted strategies on housing resulted in an unprecedented pipeline of affordable housing and he oversaw a housing expansion not seen since the last century.

He helped raise the minimum wage for working families, made historic investments in our public schools and rebuilt our City’s public housing. And, as the country saw a cruel reawakening of an era of anti-immigrant and anti-LGBT sentiment, and a steady attack on our San Francisco values, Mayor Lee stepped up and reaffirmed San Francisco as a place that would protect and welcome all.

As a champion of civil rights and a leader who embodied San Francisco values, we can think of no other fitting honor than to name San Francisco International Airport’s International Terminal after Mayor Ed Lee. We ask the San Francisco Airport Commission for their full support.

 

我們摯愛的李孟賢市長於去年不幸驟逝。作為民權領袖表率,他崇高的性格和堅定的毅力深深感召了所有的民眾。

在他的帶領之下,三藩市走出全國最嚴峻的經濟谷底,邁入前所未有的榮景和變化。他領導三藩市從財政困境到財政盈餘,並確保所有居民都得到照顧。因為他深信政府唯有在財政豐沛之下,才能夠妥善照顧所有工薪家庭、移民和弱勢邊緣化族群。

李孟賢市長生前功績顯赫,貢獻良多,但是由於他性格謙虛,經常沒有得到應有的表彰。我們認為紀念他最佳的方式,是將三藩市國際機場國際航站大樓以李孟賢市長命名,來表揚他生前的貢獻。

為甚麼這個命名是恰當的? 李孟賢市長在接任市長時,失業率超過兩位數,市府有將近五億的龐大赤字,和沒有適當監管的巨額的公務員退休金,隨時會耗盡市府未來數十年的經費。李孟賢市長接任後,立即捲起衣袖,投入工作。在他任內,改善公務員退休金制度,創造超過十四萬個就業機會,並將失業率降到歷史新低,使得市府在數十年來首次享有預算盈餘,和興建自上世紀以來最多的可負擔房屋。

有遠見的李孟賢市長也未雨綢繆,提出對策讓市府在未來面臨經濟走下坡時,有因應對策。他指引各部門善加調配資源來做出因應以解決可負擔房屋、無家可歸問題和貧富收入不均等等問題。

在他的領導之下,李孟賢市長提高工薪家庭最低工資,並投資前所未有的巨幅經費在公共教育和公屋上。在全美重新掀起一股反移民和反同性戀的情緒,以及攻擊三藩市價值的氛圍下,李孟賢市長挺身而出,嚴格斥責這股聲浪,堅持確保三藩市持續為歡迎所有人士的城市的開放政策。

李孟賢是民權鬥士和領袖,他是三藩市價值的表徵。我們認為將三藩市國際機場國際航站大樓以李孟賢命名是紀念他生前的貢獻最適當的榮耀。我們懇請三藩市機場委員會支持這項請願。



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