Fleet Week and the Blue Angels are as San Franciscan as Rice-A-Roni, the
Powell Street cable car and the Ellis Act. So is the annual Columbus Day
Parade, aka the Italian Heritage Day Parade, through North Beach as the
Blue Angels tear up the sky overhead.
San Francisco is, after all, as historian Grey Brechin pointed out, Imperial
San Francisco. Few aside from Lockheed Martin, Boeing, McDonnell Douglas,
Northrop Grumman and the rest of the USA’s military industrial giants have
made more money on the Iraq War than California’s U.S. Sen. Dianne
Feinstein and her husband, Richard Blum. Their $20 million Pacific Heights
mansion looks out over San Francisco Bay and its art deco signature, the
Golden Gate Bridge.
The Blue Angels first came to San Francisco in 1981, three years after the assassination of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, when
Feinstein was mayor.
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Ann Garrison is an independent journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2014, she received the Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza Democracy and Peace Prize for her reporting on conflict in the African Great Lakes region. She can be reached at (more...)
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