To millions of people every year, Norman Y. Mineta International Airport is the front door to this City, and we need all of them to feel welcome. Chick-fil-A doesn’t represent the values of San Jose. It isn’t worthy of being the company that people see, and it doesn’t make for a more inclusive environment.
Councilmember Raul Peralez also wished to include a provision to Tuesday’s vote which the town could only expand airport contracts for companies which are available seven days a week. Chick-fil-A places are closed on Sundays.
The Chick-fil-A location, which is now under construction and set for completion in May,”slipped under everybody’s radar” at the larger package deal, as councilperson Magdalena Carrasco place it Tuesday.
During Tuesday’s meeting, city councilperson Devora Davis advised against the flags on the grounds that”when we have them to Chick-fil-A, it may be perplexing –people may believe Chick-fil-A is supporting and go to that restaurant.”
Additionally, the international airport of San Jose has received billions of dollars of investments. Our city workers spend time and so money maintaining its infrastructure.
This past Year the San Jose City Council voted to let a Chik-fil-A restaurant in San Jose International Airport regardless of the company’s infamous anti-LGBTQ politics. Now, after people outcry, councilmembers are searching for tactics to guarantee the people that the city remains a gay-friendly city.
Where the town additional measures about the Pride flags, the council voted unanimously in favor of the contract extension.
“It’s a shame we’re Captured in this place today”
Politicos cringed at Tuesday’s hearing and voiced regret that the city had allowed the airport eatery at the first location.
“It’s a shame we are caught in this place today,” said Councilmember Sylvia Arenas, including,”We can’t say ten years from now that something slipped through the cracks once again, it simply can not happen.”
On Tuesday the San Jose City Council voted to surround the airport restaurant using transgender and rainbow flags.
Six advocacy groups cosigned a letter to the city ahead of the hearing of this week decrying the incoming existence on city property of the company:
The city was debating a minor two-year extension of the bargain at this week’s meeting, the type of vote that’s routine and brooks little disagreement, but in this case become a trial of conscience as San Jose lawmakers pondered how they got to the circumstance.
The idea was inspired by Santa Clara County supervisor Ken Yeager”as a means to counter the bigotry of Chick-fil-A and to let people know that even though there is that restaurant there, the city is demonstrating its support for the LGBTQ community,” according to San Francisco Business Times.
Davis recommended displaying the flags away at the airport.