Posts Tagged ‘Americas Cup’

The Legacy of the America’s Cup: This Mural Next to City Hall, That’s Pretty Much It

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

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The “Bay Area Council Economic Institute” Denies Failure re: the America’s Cup – The BACEI Shouldn’t be Trusted

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

A few notes here. The “thrilling comeback by Oracle Team USA” was tainted by the cheating scandals involving …Oracle Team USA, wasn’t it? The so-called “economic impact” is about 96% lower than the highest number initially given by … the BACEI. The 3,800 “jobs” referred to are in fact … merely job-years, so, in fact, all the “jobs” “created” are now gone and some of the “jobs” “created” paid less than minimum wage, and some of the workers still haven’t been paid as agreed, and lots of workers came up from SoCal since billionaire Larry Ellison was too cheap to pay Bay Area workers. The America’s Cup “captivated a worldwide audience?” No it did not. And of course the America’s Cup “produced tax revenue” but it also stole tax revenue from San Francisco and net result is a loss to the tune of millions of dollars.

I’ll note that there’s no apology for what everybody now knows was a flawed study from the BACEI in 2010. It’s all spin.

The 2010 report was a big pile of garbage. This after-the-fact press release is a smaller pile, but it’s still garbage.

OTOH, if you want to promote some event in the bay area and you need some wildly optimistic numbers in a report, the BACEI is the corrupt think tank for you.

All the deets:

HOSTING 34TH AMERICA’S CUP GENERATES $550 MILLION IN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY, CREATES MORE THAN 3,800 JOBS

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The thrilling comeback by Oracle Team USA in the 34th America’s Cup capped an historic event that generated $550 million in economic activity, created more than 3,800 jobs and contributed almost $6.6 million in tax revenue to the City of San Francisco, according to the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.

These figures include a new cruise terminal whose construction was accelerated by the America’s Cup races in San Francisco. In the absence of a new cruise terminal, conservative estimates show that the America’s Cup generated $364 million in economic activity, created almost 2,900 jobs and contributed almost $5.7 million in tax revenue to San Francisco.

The figures also do not include economic activity created throughout the region, local and Bay Area visitor spending, or the benefits associated with gripping media coverage of the high-tech competition that captivated a worldwide audience and showcased the Bay Area as an international tourist destination.

“The $550 million in economic activity generated by the America’s Cup is substantial,” said Sean Randolph, President of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. “The activity benefitted hundreds of small businesses and other employers in San Francisco and the Bay Area and produced tax revenue that supports a wide range of important city services.”

The economic benefits came from almost $280 million in overall spending by the various teams that competed, the hundreds of thousands of visitors that flocked to the waterfront to watch the most innovative and technologically advanced sailboats in the world and the many events that accompanied the races.

“Hosting the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco showcased our beautiful City to the world and brought thousands of new jobs, long-overdue legacy waterfront improvements, international visitor spending, and a boost to our regional economy,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. “Our investment brought in significant revenue to the City and the lessons we learned will help us deliver even better world-class events in the Bay Area in the future.”

The bulk of the tax revenue — almost $3.7 million — came from hotel stays, while payroll-related taxes produced $2 million and tax revenue from parking and retail spending combined reached $2.1 million.

The largest segment of economic benefits — $126.7 million — stemmed from spectators who traveled to San Francisco to watch the competition’s sleek catamarans zip across the bay at speeds approaching 55 miles per hour.

A full Economic Impact Report will be issued before the end of the year.

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About the Bay Area Council Economic Institute
The Bay Area Council Economic Institute is a partnership of business with labor, government, higher education and community leaders that works to support the economic vitality and competitiveness of California and the Bay Area. It produces authoritative analyses on key economic issues in the region and the state, and mobilizes leaders from diverse backgrounds around targeted policy initiatives. A sought-after source of economic perspective, its public-private governance and fact-based approach to economic analysis underpin the Institute’s forward-looking thought leadership (www.bayareaeconomy.org).

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Assignment Desk for Monday Morning, September 30th, 2013 – Pine and Gough, America’s Cup

Monday, September 30th, 2013

1. The recent collision at Pine and Gough - you all don’t know the name of the driver or you all are just simply sitting on it? The SFPD won’t tell you? You can’t figure things out from the license plate and the VIN? If my Hyundai-driving grandmother killed somebody going “80″ in a 25 or 30 zone, I wouldn’t mind if you published her name, srsly. So what’s the standard on releasing names? That’s a story in itself. And what’s the standard for witness reports of 80 MPH? Isn’t that an absurdly high number? Yes it is How fast was that 2nd-gen Mercedes M Class going? How fast could it have been going? And how many 58-year old ladies are driving around in V8 SUV’s with enough juice to keep their names out of the paper, if only temporarily? Just asking. (cf. the older lady at Washington and Gough who failed to yield at a stop and killed a ped on the day the driver was at the DMV trying to keep her license.) Oh yeah, some Mercedes Banzes have a brake assist function, specifically designed for “timid women” (I’m srsly) that detects a sudden braking action and then pushes the brake pedal to the floor automatically. I guess that system doesn’t work if you don’t have your foot on the brakes…

2. [UPDATE: Oh, its Jennie Zhu, per Sal Castaneda - never mind, I guess.] Wrongful death lawsuit /settlement for the family of Andrew “Bart” Simpson while training for the America’s Cup earlier this year – the first offer was $5,000,000, I’ve heard. Is this over? Has anybody anywhere posted the video? Apparently, somebody posted still images of the crash and aftermath but these images were pooh-poohed by the Larry Ellison people as being misleading, somehow. But srsly, no video? Can’t you get it from the SFPD? Mmmm. If this case had occurred in Italy, there’d be a noisy manslaughter investigation. Why not here? cf. Formula One race driver Aryton Senna back in the 1990′s. If the AC people like to compare their “sport” with F1 racing, what about that? Senna’s case was ruled to be manslaughter. Guess who was held liable – the higher-ups.

3. So we keep hearing about the benefits of the America’s Cup, but what of the other side of the ledger? By the standards of the Larry Ellison people, we lost 1000 “jobs” (actually, those job figures are job-years, but anyway) when Teatro Zinzanni blew town. Didn’t Mayor Willie Brown recruit this show to town? Yes. Now sure, they might have had to move anyway, but the AC was what kicked them out. There was some big news conference at Broadway and Embarcadero that the current appointed Mayor showed up to (after his staff paid a homeless person $100(?) for bus parking – they work for SFGov but they didn’t know about this scam?), but that was it. That’s just one biz of 80. So that’s it, bye bye TZ, which was a pretty good show, IMO. [I attended once, comped, FYI. Free "gourmet" (made offsite) dinner included, FYI. The show part of dinner and a show was excellent.]

4. So that Kyri McClellan(sp) MILF -ish Marinite (from a bit south of San Rafael?) woman somehow managed to work both sides of the America’s Cup deal, first for SFGov and then for the Larry Ellison people. And Ethics is cool with this because it got approved by some Supes? How does somebody without a college degree(?) (last known diploma = Davis High School per LinkedIn) get to do this? Because working for Larry Ellison in this capacity was her “dream job?” Srsly? Mmmmmm. She said her job was to raise, and I quote, “$40 million. Did she? Why not? The economy? Isn’t the economy doing sooooo much better now than before? So what the Hell?

5. The initial “expectations” for AC34 was a million people per day, per SPUR, and $9.9 billion, per that Bay Area Economic yada yada study. What did the numbers turn out to be? Other entities made deals with the Larry Ellison people what had escalator clauses and whatnot? Why didn’t we do that? Can we bring that up next time? Can Larry Ellison just pay an event fee after the fact?

6. New rules for to to bags for SF restaurants start tomorrow, October 1, 2013. What do they mean IRL?

thx!

An America’s Cup Media Mystery: Who is the “Columnist” That Larry Ellison and His Lackeys are So Angry At? Is It CW Nevius?

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Here’s Larry Ellison do-boy Stephen Barclay from a few days back:

This sentiment is a far cry from the cynicism several columnists and reporters displayed only a few short weeks ago. Nothing is 100% perfect and everything is open to fair comment. But while the critics were quick to pounce earlier, where are the same columnists and reporters’ opinions now?”

And here’s San Francisco columnist and former #1 America’s Cup cheerleader CW Nevius from earlier on:

The Oracle racing team may have finally done the impossible – not win the America’s Cup in a competition designed to attract a new generation of enthusiasts, but turn people off to sailboat racing.

This week the team was caught cheating.

It’s been well documented that Oracle, the team that can’t sail straight, has turned the America’s Cup into a poorly attended bluegrass festival. We’ve already talked about how the promise of the Cup, majestic boats racing each other over the green waters of the bay, devolved to a single sailboat, “competing” alone, and then holding a press conference to discuss the “victory.”

We’ve supported the races in the Bay Area. The city of San Francisco has poured money and facilities into the extravaganza, and we were promised a global showcase, an international event.

Instead we got Alex Rodriguez - using illegal substances to gain an unfair advantage.”

“The entire Oracle operation is tightly controlled. The idea that a rogue worker sneaked on the boat and placed the performance-enhancing weights in exactly the right place (and on three different boats) without the higher-ups knowing is ridiculous.”

So Im thinking that CW Nevius is among the group of offending journalists what the Larry Ellison worker was complaining about.

Oh, and when the Oracle Team”USA” people (and also “Son of a Legend” Christopher Caen) talk about how “shocked” they were about Oracle getting punished for cheating, it was kind of obvious what was going to happen, so it wasn’t shocking at all. Also from CW:

“Now surely, the international jury isn’t going to throw the defending champion out of the finals. It is much more likely that it will make Oracle forfeit some races.”

And, as expected by Nevius and all others, that’s what happened.

Ah what else, oh, The Nevius has blocked me from his Twitter I’ve discovered, but, just saying, the dude’s name is spelled Barclay, not “Barkley.”

Maybe that’s another reason why he hates your guts, CW.

Now, on with the show…

Assignment Desk for Monday Morning, September 23rd, 2013 – Octavia Strike, Emirates Air, Bicycle Stings…

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

1. Hey, is a there a cracking large picket line* of construction workers at San Francisco’s failed Octavia “Boulevard” and Haight Street going on these days? Hell yes! Does it get started early in the AM? Apparently. Does it go 24-7? IDK. Does it sometime go around the block where a new building is going in?? Yes, with some people visible at Octavia and Market. This one writes itself, people!

2. Is there an empty jumbo jet from Emirates Airline just sitting around at SFO, just waiting to take Emirates Team New Zealand back Down Under except, uh oh, the team just can’t get its ninth victory in the America’s Cup Finals? Is it bad juju to plan on winning like this? (Some on the Team think so.) Or is it good planning? IDK. Anyway, I’d be looking for a big old honking Airbus A380 or a late-model Boeing 777. I mean, Emirates flies out of SFO all the time (they want to be the “hub for the world” and they just might make it someday) but they don’t have scheduled flights to NZ, that’s for sure. (Perhaps they always have a plane available for standby IDK)

3. The media covering the 34th America’s Cup boat race had no freaking idea that this debacle could go on for so long so they’ve lost their hotel reservations to the hard-charging Oracle OpenWorld convention? Isn’t it ironic, dontcha think? How is the AC having an economic impact if the town is full? What about the poor kiwi fans? Are they sleeping on couches these days? What about their plane tickets home?

4. The penalty for going outside of the America’s Cup rubric (basically meaning going straight to the New York Supreme Court, which confusingly is not the highest in that state) is that you lose the Cup. Well, if Larry Ellison has already lost the Auld Mug, say by next week, say by a very narrow margin, well then Katie bar the door. Remember the cheating penalty came from the International Jury that was set up by one LE and it was meant to punish not just the cheating but the environment allowed by management that is associated with the actions of all those people who were involved. LE has been involved in four ACs and he’s lost two of them so far. The time that he won he won in court, oh well. Oh and is there some international tax situation going on with Team NZ? Something to do with where certain people earn their pay. Maybe the International Jury will hear about this before this Cup ends? Just a rumour, Love.

5. Folsom Street inbound at 6th has been “improved” by SFGov in the recent past? Compare it with Folsom at 5th and Folsom at Fourth. I believe the yellow zebra stripes are au currant these days so that’s a clue. Now that right-turning truck was supposed to have pulled into the right lane, but is it a full lane? No it’s not. It’s been narrowed by the pedestrian bulb-out on the south side of the intersection, the place where that cyclist recently died in a collision. Did the bulb-out contribute to that death? Are bulb-outs bad for cyclists? Are they good for peds? Anyway, we don’t hear about similar deaths at old-school, unimproved 5th and Folsom…

6. The bicycle “sting” operations of citing cyclists for using the SFBC-approved Wiggle Route in the Lower Haight are back, baby. I don’t know if it’s every day that they do this, but last week two motorcycle cops had field days (as in more than one day, like on 9-17 and 9-20 for sure). Officer R. Scott parks his motorcycle and then points to all those people coming up from Duboce Park “1,2,3,4,5,6,” he says. Then everybody has to wait until he processes all the tickets for blowing the stop sign at Waller and Steiner, for instance. He says he’d rather be out answering the calls he gets on his radio, like an alleged hammer attack. Then he’ll talk about his Porsche. He’s extremely chill. So The CW Nevius and Stanley Roberts have been out there the past year, but the past week, well it’s been pretty intense, a renewed effort. I thought that the SFPD was giving up on this.

Ready steady go!

* What in the Hell is this, from

Historic Context Statement
Market and Octavia Neighborhood Plan Area
San Francisco, California?

http://www.sf-planning.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=4688

Our Planning Department planned Octavia for picket lines???

“Picket lines, for instance, are a spatial expression of a labor grievance.”

WTF is this?

Hey, why not plan for the 24-7 traffic jam that’s there now? Why not plan for the traffic deaths _you_ caused, Planning Dept? Why not cancel left turns on Market and Octavia, you know to increase transit speed at the expense of the wealthy car drivers who live in Hayes Valley?

Anyway, have at it:

“Since labor conflict, whether internal or external, is often expressed in spatial terms, the built
environment of the workplace must be seen as an integral factor in the understanding of labor
disputes. Picket lines, for instance, are a spatial expression of a labor grievance. The questions of
precisely where picketers may or may not stand, whether they may block an entrance, how closely
they can approach ongoing work activities, and who may cross the line, are fundamental in the
conduct and resolution of a dispute. Contestation of these issues can lead to physical confrontations
or criminal penalties, and may determine the outcome of the conflict.
The relatively small scale of the built environment in the Industrial Employment Study Area had
advantages for strike activities. Picketers could assemble on public sidewalks immediately adjacent to
the business being struck, rather than being kept at a distance by fences or buffer zones on company
property. Likewise, the limited number of entrances to most of the buildings made it easier for
strikers to monitor access and inform visitors that the business was being struck. More generally, the
absence of street setbacks and the open design of the buildings allowed for easy surveillance of the
workplace. With the vehicular doors open, an observer could survey the entire shop in many of these
buildings. This facilitated monitoring who was working and what work was being done—valuable
information for union organizing or the conduct of a strike, as well as for individuals seeking work.
175 The term “open shop” refers to a situation where union membership is not a requirement for employment. In practice,
it generally describes conditions in which union membership actually disqualifies one for employment.
176 The term CIO originally stood for the Committee on Industrial Organization, a subgroup within the AFL. In 1937, the
group was expelled from the AFL. From that time until the two merged in 1955, CIO stood for Congress of Industrial
Unions. Since the merger, the resulting organization is known as the AFL/CIO.
177 The ACWA and ILGWU belonged to the “social unionism” wing of the CIO. Within th

Third-Largest Sporting Event in the World, on a Nice Saturday in the Marina, Just Before the First Race

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

“One million” visitors per day “expected.”

The Latest from Larry Ellison’s Cheating Oracle Team USA’s HQ on Team New Zealand: “Just Beat The Fuckers”

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

So Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill just Tweeted about something posted at OTUSA HQ for tout le monde to see.

It’s an image of the team noticeboard saying,

There is no “i” in: Just beat the Fuckers.”

Thusly:

I cry foul.

That’s hardly sporting, in’nt?

And the cheating scandal that Oracle is getting penalized for, that Oracle just might sue over after it loses, that was also about Problems with team management and also about lying to the International Jury, right?

San Francisco despises Larry Ellison for a reason or two, right?

Tiny Startup Poaches Larry Ellison’s Debaculous America’s Cup – Elephanti.Com Advertises to 1000′s for Free

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Hey, you know who hates, just hates, Larry Ellison right now, even though he’s a billionaire and could help out whenever a museum needs money and whatnot? SFGov!

And you who hates, just hates SFGov right now? That’s right, or course, Larry Ellison.

But one thing they agree on is that ya gots to pay for advertising to the America’s Cup crowd. So no flying billboards are allowed in the area, for example.

Well here comes Elephanti.com. Check it:

“Elephanti is the first online showroom for retail stores and venues, where retail businesses can list their products, services and menus. For shoppers, it’s the ultimate shopping app, helping them search and find where to buy the things they need.”

And here’s its boat, with an ad on the sails at the busiest ever time the 34th America’s Cup will ever experience, a minute before the start of the first race of the Finals:

This ad must have been seen by several thousands of people.

Well played, Elephanti.

(In Soviet Russia, elephant poaches you!)

Harsh: “Hitler Reacts to Oracle Team USA’s America’s Cup Loss” – This is How the “FaceBook Generation” Rolls

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

This bit here has elements that are somewhat old and hackneyed, and yet it’s also brand new and it’s also informative:

So Bloomberg TV Opens a Studio in San Francisco So It Can Give Us Vapid Coverage Like This?

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

What the Hell is this, a commercial for the America’s Cup?

Why not instead, hire this guy, Stu Woo of the Wall Street Journal?

He’s running circles around you.