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Renaming SFO after Harvey Milk might be less pricey than thought

March 15, 2013 |  5:00 am

Supporters hold signs with the image of slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk during a rally at San Francisco City Hall. Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

The effort to rename San Francisco International Airport after slain civil rights hero Harvey Milk got a little wind under its wings this week, when the city's legislative analyst reported that the cost would be just a fraction of earlier estimates.

After Supervisor David Campos announced that he wanted to name SFO in honor of Milk, airport officials said the price tag would be around $4.1 million, including the cost of changing freeway signs leading up to the busy hub.

Campos had long disagreed with the airport's figures, arguing that they were too high. According to SFGate.com,  the new analyst report said the name change cost "could end up being as little as $355,000 if only the signature name sign on the International Terminal is changed."

As SFGate reported:

“This shows that the numbers put out by the airport are definitely exaggerated,” Campos said. “It’s disappointing that the airport estimated the cost without actually calling Caltrans.”

Airport spokesman Doug Yakel said the airport did not have a comment on the report until officials had a chance to review it.

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--Maria L. La Ganga in San Francisco

Photo: Supporters hold signs with the image of slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk during a rally at San Francisco City Hall. Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

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