Port commissioners unanimously approve Oakland airport name change

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Oakland port officials unanimously approved Thursday an airport name change.

Last month, Oakland officials voted in favor of changing the name of the city’s airport – currently called Oakland International Airport – to San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport, despite San Francisco threatening a lawsuit over what it says is a trademark violation.

The Board of Commissioners for the Port of Oakland voted unanimously in April to move forward with the name-change and scheduled a second vote for final approval on Thursday.

On Wednesday, San Francisco City Attorney David Chu sent a letter to the Oakland port commissioners. He wants the cities to come up with alternative names.

Oakland airport officials have said travelers unfamiliar with the region fly into San Francisco’s airport even if their destination is closer to the Oakland airport across the Bay. Modifying the name to San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport will change that, they say. The airport’s three-letter code OAK would not change.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.