Happy Harvey Milk Day. My fellow Long Islander would have turned 80 today.
Last night at Ishan Shah’s fundraiser I spoke to school board members Larry Sweeney and Lily Mei about their hesitancy to back a school board resolution honoring Milk. The board will reconsider a resolution on Wednesday. Both Sweeney and Mei wouldn’t commit to supporting it this time around either.
I mostly talked to Sweeney about it. He said he wasn’t thrilled with the language in the resolution. He said it made it seem like Milk was killed because he was defending gay rights. He also doesn’t understand why the board would be honoring the first openly gay person to hold elected office in California, but not the first woman, etc.
I asked him why they didn’t just approve it last week, since no one would have cared. It’s not like there would have been a recall petition. He said people did care, and that unlike the city council, the school board doesn’t like to delve into politics.
My sense after talking to him is that the board on Wednesday will pass a re-worded and somewhat watered-down version of the original resolution. We’ll see.