Well, here’s my memory of SFGov’s recent free-to-the-NFL hosting of Super Bowl L:
(I think this one is from shanand.)
But the grown-up rich kids running our local “Host Committee” (who of course don’t want to reimburse SFGov) think everything went so great for us that we’ll be ready to do this whole thing over again as soon as five years from now – Super Bowl LV let’s say.
But we haven’t even cleaned up all the garbage yet, and we haven’t had time to add up all our losses.
Oh look, our Castro merchants are now weighing in on what they’re calling “Super Bust 50.” See?
“As the Super Let Down after Super Bowl 50 starts to fade, let’s remember who is going to end up paying the biggest price for Santa Clara hosting this huge sporting event – – we are: local merchants, especially in The Castro. But, we are not alone, we hear, as local merchant associations all over San Francisco report down, soft revenues during SB50. From all over The Castro and Upper Market neighborhood, I’ve heard from fellow merchants. The nine days of official SB50 events in the City ballooned, for us, into over three weeks of SB50-related interruptions. Customer traffic (locals and visitors alike) and revenues were some of their slowest on record during what had been promised as a “busy time.” Nightmare predictions of over-crowded streets and traffic jams kept Bay Area local folks out of San Francisco. Running “Bustitues” instead of the F Line historic streetcars between The Castro and Ferry Building for over three weeks further hurt our area’s local and visitor traffic and revenues.”
Read all about it at our Market Street Railway.
I’ll tell you, I was in the office one time when a Marin County realtor* tried to screw over an Area Attorney by trying tack on about $3000 to the attorney’s own executed deal for him to buy a house. The realtor was like, “Well, it loks like you don’t want this deal then, Sir.”
This was his reaction:
“I’m going to sue you. I’m going to sue your supervising broker. I’m going to sue your brokerage. I’m going to sue…”
And then, magically, poof, all the supposed necessary fees went away. This is how an attorney represents an attorney’s own personal interests.
Now, do I think that the attorneys who negotiated this lousy deal between SFGov and the NFL represented We The People the way they represent themselves when, say they buy a house for themselves? No, not at all. They view this corporate party as a way to please certain parties and as a way to have fun and excitement themselves, a way to show that our not so large city is actually in fact “world-class” and a way to compensate themselves for all the stress and strain involved with putting up with us, Us The People.
Oh hey, is our hotel tax a one-for-one substitute for our SB50-reduced sales tax revenue for our suffering Castro merchants and others? NOT AT ALL! Take a look at where the revenue goes – some of it gets siphoned off, instead of going to run SFGov / pay our unfunded pension liabilities etc.
At least we’re not going to get the Olympics…
*Always lower-case. This is the only entry in my stylebook.