Sorry San Francisco, the Next America’s Cup Will Take Place in La Maddalena, Italy or Valencia, Spain

Just saying.

Now, if we had different kinds of laws in California, and if we had three-quarters of a billion to offer, you know, the way others do, then tings might be different. Oh well.

Of course, sometimes, you’re better off not “winning” a big event like the Olympics.

Anyway, read below for the News of the Day. (The Lawsuit Countdown starts right now.)

Crazy Larry Ellison with Mayor Gavin Newsom at City Hall:

Via Gavin Newsom

“America’s Cup Organizing Committee Unveils Honorary Committee Members. Public Officials from Across the United States Support U.S. Bid. Mayors of Long Beach, California; Newport, Rhode Island and San Diego Highlight Local Officials Support. Republicans and Democrats Join Together in Effort to Bring America’s Cup to the U.S.

San Francisco, CA –Democrats and Republicans from across California have joined together to form the Honorary Committee of the America’s Cup Organizing Committee demonstrating strong bi-partisan support from around the state for bringing the Cup to California’s San Francisco Bay area.
 
The honorary committee includes Senator Dianne Feinstein and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It also includes Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Governors Pete Wilson and Gray Davis. In addition, California State Senate President Darrel Steinberg and CA State Assembly Speaker John Perez have joined the Honorary Committee.
 
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and San Francisco County Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi headline a large group of local officials on the committee.
 
In addition, officials from across the United States have agreed to join the ACOC Honorary Committee including: Newport, Rhode Island Jeanne- Marie Napolitano; San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and Long Beach, California Mayor Bob Foster.

Ever more deets, after the jump 

“The San Francisco Bay Area is an ideal American venue for this prestigious international race,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “We are proud to support this endeavor that will bring additional revenue and jobs to the Bay Area.”
 
“Getting Democrats and Republicans to support something together in this election season is a great feat,” said California Governor Schwarzenegger. “We can all agree that this would be a huge boost for the state of California and the America’s Cup event itself.”
 
“The ACOC Honorary Committee members continue to show race organizers that we are serious about this race coming to California,” said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. “With more than a billion dollars of economic activity projected for the state of California if the race moves forward, this competition would be a tremendous development for the people of this state.”
 
“San Francisco is fully united in our efforts to bring the America’s Cup to the Bay Area,” said San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu. “Our public would love to have the race in our waters, and the economy of the entire region will benefit for years to come.”
 
“Showcasing sailing here in California’s San Francisco Bay will capture the American imagination and be a transformative moment for this great sport,” said Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, adding: “Having grown up with sailing and the America’s Cup, I know we have everything race organizers need, including the will, to make this event a historic success.”
 
A full list of Honorary Committee members is attached. The Committee is still in formation and will be adding additional members.

Governor Arnold   
 
 
 

 

Schwarzenegger   
 
 
 

 

Governor of California   
 
 
 

 

Honorable Darrel   
 
 
 

 

Steinberg   
 
 
 

 

CA State Senate President   
 
 
 

 

Honorable John   
 
 
 

 

Perez   
 
 
 

 

CA State Assembly Speaker   
 
 
 

 

Mayor Bob   
 
 
 

 

Foster   
 
 
 

 

Mayor of Long Beach   
 
 
 

 

Supervisor John   
 
 
 

 

Avalos   
 
 
 

 

San Francisco Board of Supervisors   
 
 
 

 

Supervisor Sean   
 
 
 

 

Elsbernd   
 
 
 

 

San Francisco Board of Supervisors   
 
 
 

 

Supervisor Bevan   
 
 
 

 

Dufty   
 
 
 

 

San Francisco Board of Supervisors   
 
 
 

 

Supervisor Carmen   
 
 
 

 

Chu   
 
 
 

 

San Francisco Board of Supervisors   
 
 
 

 

Supervisor David   
 
 
 

 

Campos   
 
 
 

 

San Francisco Board of Supervisors   
 
 
 

 

Supervisor Eric   
 
 
 

 

Mar   
 
 
 

 

San Francisco Board of Supervisors   
 
 
 

 

Supervisor Michela   
 
 
 

 

Alioto-Pier   
 
 
 

 

San Francisco Board of Supervisors   
 
 
 

 

Supervisor David   
 
 
 

 

Chiu   
 
 
 

 

San Francisco Board of Supervisors   
 
 
 

 

Supervisor Ross   
 
 
 

 

Mirkarimi   
 
 
 

 

San Francisco Board of Supervisors   
 
 
 

 

Supervisor Sophie   
 
 
 

 

Maxwell   
 
 
 

 

San Francisco Board of Supervisors   
 
 
 

 

Governor Pete   
 
 
 

 

Wilson   
 
 
 

 

Former Governor of California   
 
 
 

 

Mayor Jeanne-Marie   
 
 
 

 

Napolitano   
 
 
 

 

Newport, RI   
 
 
 

 

Mayor Jerry   
 
 
 

 

Sanders   
 
 
 

 

San Diego   
 
 
 

 

Commissioner Rodney   
 
 
 

 

Fong   
 
 
 

 

Port Commission   
 
 
 

 

The Honorable Gray   
 
 
 

 

Davis   
 
 
 

 

Former Governor of California   
 
 
 

 

The Honorable Darrell   
 
 
 

 

Steinberg   
 
 
 

 

California State Senate   
 
 
 

 

The Honorable George   
 
 
 

 

LeMieux   
 
 
 

 

United States Senate   
 
 
 

 

The Honorable Lincoln   
 
 
 

 

Diaz-Balart   
 
 
 

 

United States House of Representatives   
 
 
 

 

The Honorable Lleana   
 
 
 

 

Ros-Lehtinen   
 
 
 

 

United States House of Representatives   
 
 
 

 

The Honorable Susan   
 
 
 

 

Davis   
 
 
 

 

United States House of Representatives   
 
 
 

 

The Honorable Tom   
 
 
 

 

Ammiano   
 
 
 

 

California State Assembly   
 
 
 

 

President David   
 
 
 

 

Chiu   
 
 
 

 

San Francisco Board of Supervisors   
 
 
 

 

Supervisor Ross   
 
 
 

 

Mirkarimi   
 
 
 

 

San Francisco Board of Supervisors   
 
 
 

 

Mayor Frank   
 
 
 

 

Jordan   
 
 
 

 

Former Mayor of San Francisco   
 
 
 

 

Mayor Willie L.   
 
 
 

 

Brown, Jr.   
 
 
 

 

Former Mayor of San Francisco   
 
 
 

 

Senator Dianne   
 
 
 

 

Feinstein   
 
 
 

 

United States Senate   
 
 
 

 

Speaker Nancy   
 
 
 

 

Pelosi   
 
 
 

 

U.S. House of Representatives   
 
 
 

 

The Honorable Bill   
 
 
 

 

Nelson   
 
 
 

 

United States Senate   
 
 
 

 

The Honorable Bob   
 
 
 

 

Filner   
 
 
 

 

United States House of Representatives   
 
 
 

 

The Honorable Brian   
 
 
 

 

Bilbray   
 
 
 

 

United States House of Representatives   
 
 
 

 

The Honorable Debbie   
 
 
 

 

Wasserman Schultz   
 
 
 

 

United States House of Representatives   
 
 
 

 

The Honorable Fiona   
 
 
 

 

Ma   
 
 
 

 

California State Assembly   
 
 
 

 

The Honorable John A.   
 
 
 

 

Perez   
 
 
 

 

California State Assembly   
 
 
 

 

 

*** PRESS RELEASE *** 

MAYOR NEWSOM AND MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS INTRODUCE AGREEMENT FOR HOSTING THE 34THAMERICA’S CUP IN SAN FRANCISCO 
Term sheet formally sets forth essential terms and conditions agreed upon by the America’s Cup Committee of the Golden Gate Yacht Club

San Francisco – Mayor Gavin Newsom, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and other members of the Board of Supervisors today introduced the formal agreement to host the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco.  The purpose of the agreement, or term sheet, is to set forth essential terms and conditions agreed upon by the America’s Cup Committee of the Golden Gate Yacht Club and the City of San Francisco with the Protocol for the 34th America’s Cup.  If San Francisco is selected to host the 34thAmerica’s Cup, the term sheet provides a framework for promptly negotiating a legally binding Host City Agreement and establishing the terms and conditions under which the San Francisco would be prepared to host the America’s Cup event, subject to all necessary approvals and environmental review required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). In addition to Mayor Newsom, Board of Supervisors President Chiu and Supervisor Mirkarimi, the agreement was also initially co-sponsored by Supervisors Michela Alioto-Pier, Carmen Chu, Bevan Dufty, and Sophie Maxwell. 

“We believe there’s no better place on earth than San Francisco Bay to defend the America’s Cup and bring millions of new fans from around the world to the oldest international sailing competition,” said Mayor Newsom. “This agreement establishes the strong partnership between the City, the BMW Oracle Racing Team and the entire community if San Francisco is fortunate to be selected as the Host City for the 34th America’s Cup. The entire City and State of California are united behind bringing the America’s Cup – and all the economic benefits, jobs and excitement that come with it – to San Francisco.” 

Hosting the America’s Cup in San Francisco would bring a beautiful backdrop, predictable winds, world-class visitor amenities and enormous spectatorship opportunities that the natural marine amphitheater of the San Francisco Bay offers.   In order to provide the Team with reasonable assurances regarding a number of important issues, including the venue plan, key financial terms, sponsorship opportunities, schedule and event logistics, City staff have negotiated a term sheet with the team for endorsement by the Board of Supervisors. 

“We are fully united in our efforts to bring the America’s Cup to San Francisco, and this term sheet outlines the framework of these efforts to highlight San Francisco as the only location for this event,” said Board of Supervisors President David Chiu.  “San Franciscans would love to see this world class sailing race on our world class waterfront.  The economy of the entire San Francisco Bay Area region will benefit exponentially from hosting the America’s Cup in Spring 2013.” 

Hosting the Event in San Francisco would generate significant public benefits for the City, including providing a catalyst for the repair, improvement and productive reuse of City piers along the City’s central and southern waterfront that are currently in a such state of grave disrepair that there is no other viable plan to pay for the needed repairs. Hosting the America’s Cup would also generate an enormous amount of economic development in a very short period of time, including over 9,000 jobs and more than $1.2 billion of new economic activity.   

“Having been exposed during my youth to sailing and the America’s Cup, I know we have everything race organizers need, including the expertise and will, to host the ‘World Cup’ of Sailing and make this event a monumental success,” said Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi.  “The San Francisco Bay will provide a breathtaking arena which will enable millions of everyday people to enjoy the excitement of this historic sport as never before.” 

Under the terms of the agreement, the City will meet the following schedule regarding the 34th America’s Cup: 
·        October 2010-October 2011 – Complete all studies and documentation to support environmental review and permitting for the Event.  On a parallel course and during that same period, the Port and the Event Authority will finalize the terms of the long term Event Lease documents that will permit all of the uses related to the Event and any currently approved longer-term development uses for the Legacy Sites. 
·        November 2011 – Present long term Event Lease, environmental review documentation and permits for approval. 
·        December 2011-December 2012 – Complete infrastructure improvements. 
·        Spring 2013 – Commence the 34th America’s Cup. 

Mayor Newsom and City staff has facilitated extensive public outreach regarding the 34th America’s Cup.  As a result, a number of regulatory, environmental and local community organizations have already pledged support for the Event and will play important roles in meeting the schedule set forth above, including the following: 
·        State of California – both the State Legislature (SCR124) and Governor Schwarzenegger 
·        Port of San Francisco 
·        Recreation and Parks Commission 
·        Bay Conservation and Development Commission 
·        Metropolitan Transportation Commission 
·        San Francisco International Airport 
·        Golden Gate National Recreation Area 
·        The Bar Pilots Association 
·        The Water Emergency Transit Agency 
·        The San Francisco Maritime Commerce and Bay Council 
·        The Sierra Club 
·        Save the Bay 
·        Environmental Defense Fund 
·        Planning and Conservation League of California 
·        Clean Water Action CA 
·        Golden Gate Audubon Society 
·        CA League of Conservation Voters 
·        San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau 
·        The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce 
·        The Bay Area Council

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2 Responses to “Sorry San Francisco, the Next America’s Cup Will Take Place in La Maddalena, Italy or Valencia, Spain”

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  2. sfcitizen says:

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