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An Agreement to Agree, For Now: America’s Cup Host City Agreement Introduced – But Ross Mirkarimi Wants “Concrete Answers”

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

I’ve already had my say about the prospects of San Francisco hosting the America’s Cup yacht race in a few years – read the latest on the matter, below.

Larry Ellison’s fleet at the Golden Gate Yacht Club, complete with Japanese meatballs. Will it soon be expanding?

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MAYOR NEWSOM AND MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS INTRODUCE THE 34TH AMERICA’S CUP HOST CITY AGREEMENT

Host City Agreement Formally Sets Essential Terms and Conditions Agreed Upon by the America’s Cup Committee of the Golden Gate Yacht Club for San Francisco to Host the 34th America’s Cup if Chosen

San Francisco – Mayor Gavin Newsom, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and other members of the Board of Supervisors today introduced San Francisco’s Host City Agreement, a final step in the consideration process to host the 34th America’s Cup. The Host City Agreement sets 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 in accordance with the Protocol for the 34th America’s Cup and the Term Sheet adopted by the Board of Supervisors by a vote of 9-2 on October 5, 2010.

“There is no better place and no better partner for the America’s Cup than San Francisco,” said Mayor Newsom. “With this agreement, San Francisco is making its commitment to the America’s Cup in return for the Team’s commitment to bring the world’s oldest international sailing competition and all the jobs and long-term economic benefits that come with it to San Francisco. This is the opportunity of a lifetime we must not let pass.”

In addition to Mayor Newsom, Board of Supervisors President Chiu and Supervisor Mirkarimi, the Host City Agreement was also initially co-sponsored by Supervisors Michela Alioto-Pier, Carmen Chu, Bevan Dufty, and Sophie Maxwell. The San Francisco America’s Cup Organizing Committee is also a party to the Agreement.

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 the highest level of certainty possible regarding a number of important issues, including the venue plan, key financial terms, sponsorship opportunities, schedule and event logistics, City staff have negotiated host city agreement with the team for endorsement by the Board of Supervisors.

“We as a City are coming together to put into place the commitments necessary to host the 34th America’s Cup in our Bay waters,” said Board of Supervisors President David Chiu. “The economy of the entire San Francisco Bay Area will benefit exponentially from hosting the America’s Cup in 2013, and we are preparing to bring this world class sailing race to our world class waterfront.”

“San Francisco is the only location for this event,” said Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi. “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 historic success. I look forward to the Budget and Finance Committee hearing on the Agreement on December 1st, where we will hear concrete answers to the questions of how the America’s Cup will benefit the people of San Francisco and the greater Bay Area.”

The Host City Agreement envisions the use of piers along the southern waterfront and leaves open the possibility of exploring and studying other sites if there are opportunities to deliver the facilities more quickly, using fewer resources on both sides, and further enhancing the America’s Cup experience in San Francisco.
The possible alternatives are part of the Fiscal Feasibility study and will be included in the project’s California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review.

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 improvements. 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 $1.4 billion of new economic activity.

There are additional terms in the Host City Agreement that expand upon the concepts in the Term Sheet including a number of suggestions made by members of the Board of Supervisors and the public during the prior hearings, and they include:

· Ensuring that the Event Authority receives future development opportunities commensurate with the infrastructure improvements necessary to build world class America’s Cup Village facilities on San Francisco’s public waterfront.
· As the specific plans for the 34th America’s Cup have not been finalized, the parties anticipate certain changes may be made by mutual agreement prior to the execution of the Venue Leases, the Development and Disposition Agreements for the Legacy Leases and/or the Transfer Agreement.
· Ensuring the highest environmental standards and sustainability programs are used for the America’s Cup event as well as the infrastructure improvements as well as using local labor and workforce for the infrastructure improvements undertaken by the Event Authority.
· Securing MOUs from key third parties, specifically federal and state agencies with oversight and are key parties to a successful hosting of the America’s Cup in San Francisco These include: the Coast Guard, FAA, FCC, GGNRA, Homeland Security, BCDC, to name a few.
· Affirmatively stating that the Board of Supervisors and/or the Port of San Francisco will have future discretionary approvals for the execution of the Venue Leases, Development and Disposition Agreements, Legacy Leases and Transfer Agreement, as well as any potential CEQA appeals.

D2 Update: Janet’s DiFi Party – Mark’s SF Chron Endorsement – Kat’s “Kat Chat” – Abe’s Candidate Profile

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Our Great White North is making the news. Let’s check in with those “cash cows,” by the numbers:

1. Janet Reilly‘s recent party with Dianne Feinstein last Thursday was a smash success. It probably looked a bit like this:

 

United States Senator Dianne Feinstein, Richard Blum, and Janet Reilly (photo by Drew Altizer)

Willie Brown is still all excited about it:

“In fact, Feinstein just had a fundraiser at her house for Reilly. If she actually gets out and walks for Reilly, the seat is Janet’s.”

O.K. then. (Wasn’t it WB who wrote off Jerry Brown’s chances just last month? Of course, his perdictions should always be taken with a grain (or two) of salt.  

2. The big news recently is that Mark Farrell got endorsed by the San Francisco Chronicle. See?

District 2: Farrell is voice of restraint.”

(Restraint? Are the other candidates wild-eyed pistol wavers/ who aint afraid to die?)

Anyway, he’s attending an average of more than one house party per dayuntil November 2nd.

3. Kat Anderson has started up “Kat Chat” – not really sure how it works, but I’m sure you can figure it out:

Live Kat Chat Schedule

Thursday – 10/21 @ 8 pm – click here to request invitation
Saturday – 10/23 @ 9 am – click here to request invitation
Thursday – 10/28 @ 8 pm – click here to request invitation
Saturday – 10/30 @ 9 am – click here to request invitation

An invitation will be emailed to you with details for attendance.  Past sessions and future dates will be announced via the website.  

Announcing Kat’s new Campaign HQ

Stop by Kat’s NEW Campaign HQ:

2326 Fillmore Street (between Clay and Washington)
San Francisco, CA 94115

Get Involved and Make your Voices Heard!  Volunteer Opportunities.

Please RVSP to info@votekatanderson.com or call (415) 439-0528, and let us know which events you will attend.  Thank you! 

Campaign for Kat Anderson for District 2 Supervisor 2010

2130 Fillmore Street #200

San Francisco, CA 94115

info@votekatanderson.com 

www.votekatanderson.com

 4. Abraham Simmons has a new candidate profile up at SFGate. (Still no photo the last I checked, so I made a matching one myself:

“An attorney with a BS in Labor Relations, Abraham Simmons is most concerned with the issue of jobs and fiscal discipline in San Francisco. Simmons seeks to set new priorities, ensure the City gets value for every dollar spent and look into ways to jump-start new businesses.” 

O.K. then. Haven’t been in touch with Vilma Guinto Peoro or Barbara Berwick lately but Barbara, for her part, is the only candidate unafraid to give out secondary and ternary endorsements, her co-endorsements as some call them. Her second place endorsement goes to Mr. A. Simmons and her third place endorsement goes to both Ms. Kat Anderson and Ms. Janet Reiley.

And, oh yes in other news, D2 Democratic Club President Suki Kott is recruiting new members in the 94123. See?

And lastly, our Chronicle is out with candidate sketches for some others as well. Check it after the jump.

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

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

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.

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Just $375 Will Get You Into the Japanese Tea Garden Come September 15th: Party for the Parks

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

And I thought $7 was too much… Anyway, the coming Party for the Parks will be:

“A civic celebration to raise funds and gather friends for San Francisco’s parks and recreation programs.”

Sweet. And who might those friends be? How about them honorary co-chairs:

“Gavin Newsom, Art Agnos, Willie Brown, Frank Jordan, Dianne Feinstein (yes, DiFi!), Gina Moscone, and the Consul General of Japan, the Honorable Yasumasa Nagamine.”

You are so totally there, for as little as $375. Or heck, just cough up some coin and become a Sponsor yourself.

See you there!

September 15, 2010
6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.

A civic celebration to raise funds and gather friends for San Francisco’s parks and recreation programs. Honorary Co-Chairs are:San Francisco Parks Trust and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department,  the event includes a cocktail stroll in the Japanese Tea Garden from 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.  The evening continues with an Asian inspired sumptuous buffet, catered by Dan McCall in a tented redwood grove across Tea Garden Drive. Dancing featuring DJ Spider will conclude the evening.

The Honorable Gavin C. Newsom, The Honorable Art Agnos, The Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr., The Honorable Frank M. Jordan, The Honorable Dianne Feinstein, Gina Moscone, and Consul General of Japan, The Honorable Yasumasa Nagamine.

Event Co-Chairs are:

Connie Goodyear Baron, Meg Bertero, Nancy Conner, Ben Friend, Christine Gardner, Rebecca Green Birdsall, Lucy Hume Koukopoulos, and Cynthia B. Silverstein.

Hosted by

Patron Benefit Levels

First Families For Parks  $10,000

• Individual family recognition on-site at prime location in Golden Gate Park    
• Reserved first family seating at party                      
• 10 tickets to party                                
• 4 VIP tickets to Schwab Cup, Luxury 49er Box Seats, or Outside Lands Concert
Family reception with Phil Ginsburg, General Manager RPD
Personalized bench in Golden Gate Park                    
• Membership in Park Leadership Society    

Funds raised will focus on Golden Gate Park. With over $1 billion in capital needs and an ever-declining maintenance budget, Golden Gate Park needs to plan for long-range financial sustainability and to weather near-term Park emergency needs.

Civic Leader  $5,000
• 6 tickets to party                                
• 4 VIP tickets to Schwab Cup, Luxury 49er Box Seats, or Outside Lands Concert
• Opportunity to host a three hour private party in the Angler’s Lodge, Hamilton  
   Recreation  Center and Pool, Sunnyside Conservatory or Stern Grove Clubhouse

   (Trocadero)        
• Membership in Park Leadership Society      
                
Funds raised will directly impact park maintenance throughout city parks and add ‘boots on the ground’. We will focus funds on volunteer activities and the new Gardener Apprenticeship Program.

Park Hero $2,500
• 4 tickets to party                                
• 2 VIP tickets to Schwab Cup, Luxury 49er Box Seats, or Outside Lands Concert  
• Private lesson in Lawn Bowling, Horseshoes, Archery, or Model Boat Yachting by
   enthusiasts in Golden Gate Park                        
• Membership in Park Leadership Society                     
 
Funds raised will build multi-use trails throughout Golden Gate Park and throughout the City’s 4,317 acres of parkland in order to promote the health of the city and its citizens.

Park Activist  $1,250
• 2 tickets to party                                
• 2 VIP tickets to Outside Lands Concert                    
• 10 passes to the Carrousel in Golden Gate Park                
• Membership in Park Leadership Society   
                   
Funds raised will support our Recreation Centers, their equipment needs, and the desire of community members to keep the newly renovated, and, hopefully all Rec Centers, open during peak hours. Funds will flow to the San Francisco Parks Trust’s Gear Up Fund for these purposes.

Individual Tickets  $375

Frida Kahlo Seven Ways – Impressions from the Dianne Feinstein Elementary School

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

The kids of Dianne Feinstein Elementary School way out there in the Parkside have created at least seven versions of Frida Kahlo.

Which one do you like best?

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