Posts Tagged ‘Americas Cup’

VICTORY: NFL Relents – Hauls Super Bowl 50 Corporate Sculpture Ad From Alamo Square – NFL Badly Misled by Local “Host Committee”

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Get up to speed here:

Intrusive Super Bowl “50” Sculpture in Alamo Square Righted – But 90 Minutes Later, Angry Locals Topple It Again – Now It’s Irreparable – Photos

And here’s the latest from this morning – via LZ, we see that the NFL has relented to community pressure and it’s just removed the tacky “50” logo from Alamo Square:

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Now it looks like this – the 50 is GONE. The workers must have been arriving just as I was leaving earlier this AM:

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And now when you’re up at Union Square, the only way you can tell that San Francisco is hosting the party part of SB50 is this giant sign what’s supposed to tell tourists (and federal law enforcement?) not to keep valuables (or guns?) in cars, due to the high chances of break-ins in Mayor Ed Lee’s Frisco. Sadly, the sign hasn’t been turned on yet. [UPDATE: Oh, per Hoodline, the sign IS on, it’s just that nobody can read it? You know, that’s even worse. The ones I saw last year were legible. Mmm..]

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So, questions:

1. Are the NFL people going to repair or replace it and then bring it back? If so, then it will need security 24-7. Perhaps more on-the-clock SFGov employees can “volunteer” some more of “their” time for this purpose?

2. OTOH, perhaps the NFL will remove all the statues from SF? That would be a nice gesture, IMO.

3. Hey, isn’t the local Host Committee supposed to warn the NFL when the NFL wants to do something grossly inappropriate, like isn’t the Committee supposed to have local knowledge?  

4. And how is the 50th Super Bowl [SB50] of 2016 not exactly like the 34th America’s Cup [AC34, aka “THE SUPER BOWL OF SAILING] of 2013? Check it: 

“…we estimate that the increase in overall economic activity in San Francisco due to hosting an America’s Cup could be on the order of $1.37 billion. This is three times the estimated impact of hosting the Super Bowl ($300-$500 million).”

See how that works – our disastrous, deadly America’s Cup was predicted to be a BIGGER deal than any old Super Bowl. Was/is that true? NOPE. Oh well.

Anyway, apologies to the people of Alamo Square. Sorry about all this.

Mayor Ed Lee Decries Comparing the Super Bowl to the America’s Cup, But He Himself Does It – A Lot – Examples

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Here’s 2016:

“I’ve heard some people try to compare the Super Bowl to the America’s Cup. That’s like comparing football to yachting, it doesn’t make sense”

So that’s the Party Line these days, Comrade. But let’s travel back in time to get a different take.

Here’s 2015:

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Here’s 2014:

“We have proven we can successfully host the world’s biggest events, including the MLB World Series in 2010 and 2012, the America’s Cup in 2013 and Super Bowl 50 in 2016″

Here’s 2013:

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And on and on.

And since we’re on the subject, let’s hear from our Prior Mayor about how the deadly, failed, costly 2013 America’s Cup boat race is/was three times bigger than any old Super Bowl anyway:

The report found that the increase in overall economic activity in San Francisco hosting the 34th America’s Cup could be on the order of $1.4 billion, almost three times the estimated impact of hosting the Super Bowl ($300-$500 million).

So, if the “East Coast Media,” that monolith, mocks us from New Yawk, DeeCee, and Bahstahn, well, perhaps we deserve it, non?

A Half-Decade Back, Journalist CW Nevius Moved to Frisco and Then Promoted the Deadly America’s Cup Fiasco – History Repeats with SB50?

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

I’ll tell you, back in the day, a way back in 2010, the San Francisco Chronicle’s CW Nevius decided it would be neat to move to San Francisco from someplace in the east bay, like Walnut Creek or Concord or Pleasant Hill (or, well, it’s all the same basic place right?) and then start promoting the idea of his new-found home hosting Larry Ellison’s America’s Cup. He called this eventual fiasco:

“…a wonderful opportunity without a downside.”

But there were downsides, right?

So now five years later this same newcomer is promoting Super Bowl 50.

It looks like this, so far:

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But most people in San Francisco don’t want the Super Bowl, right?

And isn’t it funny that it’s only CW Nevius, who’s had his pom poms revoked due to the America’s Cup fiasco, is the only Member of the Media cheering on SB50?

I think so…

Not a Sport: “AMERICA’S CUP TEAMS VOTE TO DOWNSIZE BOATS” – Let’$ Hope This “Gentlemen’s Match” Never Come$ Back to Fri$co

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Well here’s the news:

AMERICA’S CUP TEAMS VOTE TO DOWNSIZE BOATS

See how that works? Our local, corrupt, Larry Ellison cheerleaders of the pre-2013 era praised the new big boats – they were going to Change Everything.

But things turned out deadly, and poorly for San Francisco.

And now, even Chuck Nevius, who saw “no downside” to granting 99-year leases to Larry Ellison, is against the AC.

So that’s good, but there’s always the threat of the 2020 Cup or whatever coming back, right? So let’s check in on how things are going in Bermuda these days:

America’s Cup teams have voted to reduce the size of boats to be sailed in the 2017 regatta in Bermuda, a cost-cutting move that could lead to the two strongest challengers dropping out.

So Larry Ellison gets to have his fun and increase his already-high chances of winning (defenders win 90-something percent of the time, historically) a game where he sets the rules.

And while smaller boats would mean reduced costs and a smaller crew, they could also mean less excitement for spectators. The 48-foot (14.65 meter) catamarans will be the smallest boats in America’s Cup history and aren’t that much bigger than other one-design classes sailed in less-prestigious regattas.

Oh, OK. So what was the deadly accident in 2013* for then? Mmm…

And here’s the purpose:

If Italy and New Zealand drop out, Oracle Team USA would conceivably have an easier shot at retaining the Auld Mug trophy.

Oh, and speaking of Frisco’s 2013 America’s Cup:

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Yep. That was our local “Wind God’s” scandal. He wants praise for his management, but he doesn’t want any criticism for his mismanagement, oh well.

And this is what I mean when I say that the America’s Cup isn’t a sport:

America’s Cup czar Russell Coutts, a New Zealander who heads both Oracle Team USA and the America’s Cup Event Authority, has verbally sparred with both the Kiwis and Italians in recent years.

Of course, CWNevius had just moved to town back in aught-ten when he started heedlessly / needlessly waving his pom-poms for what he called a “gigantic, global sporting event.”

But it aint no sport, and it aint gigantic. It’s just a match race betwixt Gentlemen, with the rules made by Larry Ellison, for his amusement.

And then he’ll try to send the bill to us, if we let him.

Anyway, as even Chuck Nevius might admit, in hindsight, you know, after it was too late, the vaunted boats were too big, and the whole thing was too expensive, for us. Let’s hope we never see Lil’ Larry’s boat race ever again…

*I suppose there was an investigation, of sorts. But in other countries where AC teams come from, there would have been charges of omicidio colposo or homicide involontaire, non?


				

Who’s Looking Out for San Francisco Taxpayers? The Republican Caucus of the State Senate – America’s Cup Fiasco

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Well, Larry Ellison has decided to take his little boat race to Bermuda for 2017. Now here’s the coda to his scandal-plagued 2013 effort in the 415. It was written last year but it’s still pretty much up to date:

Briefing Report: America’s Cup – The Economic Boon That Wasn’t

What a burn.

From the conclusion of the analyst’s full report:

Because both the America’s Cup Organizing Committee’s fundraising and tax revenues generated by the America’s Cup events fell short of the original projections, the City’s General Fund incurred net costs of nearly $6.0 million and the Port incurred net costs of nearly $5.5 million, totaling nearly $11.5 million.

Moreover, according to the Budget and Legislative Analyst’s Office, it would appear that San Francisco also failed to meet expectations of job creation and small business involvement:

The impact of America’s Cup tourism on hotel occupancy was minimal with increases in hotel occupancy rates during the events generally less than one percentage point versus prior non-event years.

The Event Authority did not notify or work with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) to recruit San Francisco residents for Event Authority Contracts in 2012.

The America’s Cup provided jobs for 517 city residents out of a total of 2,800 jobs (note original projections stood at 8,840 new jobs).

Neither the Event Authority nor OEWD sufficiently tracked small business participation in Event Authority contracts.

What an embarrassment.

The Last America’s Cup Column Ever from CW Nevius: Larry Ellison’s Former #1 Booster Becomes a Critic

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

I don’t see how CW Nevius could possibly write another America’s Cup column after this one, so enjoy:

Remember the America’s Cup?”

Sure, it was the event you cheerleaded for when you moved to town about four years ago. It cost us a lot of money and you, CW Nevius, never apologized.

Monumental hype, epic races and crashes on San Francisco Bay, and controversy on top of controversy.

Well, let’s see here, wasn’t it you, CW Nevius, who was Grand Marshall of the America’s Cup “hype” team? Yes, it was. And speaking of remembering, what about this quote: “Holding the America’s Cup race in San Francisco is a wonderful opportunity without a downside. It is a win-win that will bring cargo bags of cash to the Bay Area.” Again, it was you, CW Nevius. Except this fiasco wasn’t a wonderful opportunity, and it wasn’t a win-win, and actually, we lost money on the deal. And actually, somebody was killed in one of those “epic” crashes on San Francisco Bay, you remember? It was just last year, actually, that this occurred.

In San Francisco, he changed the boats from stodgy, slow monohulls to 72-foot catamarans that could jet over the waves at nearly 60 mph.

The prior Cup didn’t use stodgy, slow monohulls, as you seem to imply. The change away from monohulls didn’t happen in SF. You want to make some point, so you change the facts to fit?

Ellison apparently wanted to be praised and admired. We were more like, “Uh, Larry, you promised us a fleet of eight to 12 boats and you only delivered three. And by the way, the 72-footers are so big and unwieldy that they are scary and dangerous.”

The problem with this is that CW Nevius was a great proponent of “NASCAR on the water. But then when he actually gets NASCAR on the water, he claims he doesn’t like it. OK fine.

Ellison is on the case this time. The boats will be smaller, 60 feet, will “only” reach speeds of 50 mph, and there will be a lot more of them. Five challengers have already committed, with five more “expressing interest.”

Oh, so CW Nevius now “knows” that everything will be fine with the boats next time, the same way he thought everything was going to be fine with the boats last time. Also, he now “knows” there’ll be more competitors?

San Francisco spent, and after sponsorships were included the city’s contribution was just $24 million. (The final event shortfall was $5 million after sales and endorsement money came in.)

“Just” $24 million, huh? Well, that number is understated, and I wouldn’t put a “just” in front of it. And the loss for SFGov  was far greater than $5 million.

So maybe we misunderstood Ellison. Maybe instead of bringing sailing to the masses, what he really meant was he was bringing masses of money to sailing. But the press coverage in Bermuda is expected to be very flattering.

So why does CW Nevius expect press coverage in Bermuda to be “very flattering?” What’s the connection between the stinger and all that came before it?

(CW Nevius sometimes seems to think that he himself is the San Francisco Chronicle, but I strongly disagree with that concept. Hey, what if the Chron were a catamaran, then what The Nevius be? A bunch of barnacles on the hulls? Something like that.)

America’s Cup 2014, Spreckles Lake – But Without the Death and Destruction and Cheating and the Eight-Figure Expense

Monday, July 7th, 2014

San Francisco hosting the America’s Cup  in 2013 was a giant failure.

Repito: La Copa América Fue Un Fracaso Gigante.

San Francisco hosting the Summer Olympics in 2024 (if it happens, which isn’t at all likely), will, similarly, be a giant failure.

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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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!