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The Santa Clara Super Bowl 50 People Just Gave Away Actual Real Money, $2.5 Million, to Local Charities

Friday, February 27th, 2015

I was thinking that our local Santa Clara Super Bowl 2016 people would be giving like $500 a piece to local, corrupted, politically-connected non-profits like the Tenderloin Housing Clinic / BeyondChron, but no, the grants are $500,000 a piece and they seem to be going to legitimate charities.


Of course I could tell you what I don’t like about the Santa Clara Super Bowl (like its associated contracts, with terms I don’t know but can only guess at. until the deets get released, only after the game is over) but let’s save that for ‘nother day.

(This is a different deal entirely than the failed 2024 Olympics attempt and the failed America’s Cup attempts.)

All the deets:

Nathan Ballard
PJ Johnston
As part of the celebration of 50 Weeks to Super Bowl 50, the 50 Fund announced the Bay Area non-profit recipients of their “Game Changer” grants today.

Game Changers is one of the programs of the 50 Fund, the philanthropic arm of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee.

From a pool of nearly 150 nonprofits that serve every corner of the Bay Area, the 50 Fund selected five organizations that will receive this first round of funding, the “Game Changer” grants. Each non-profit will receive a grant for $500,000 to help support its work in closing the opportunity gap that exists for Bay Area children, youth and young adults living in low-income communities.

“This selection process has reinforced why we are so focused on ensuring that Super Bowl 50 is the most giving Super Bowl yet. There is so much good work being done here in the Bay Area, and through Super Bowl 50, we can shine a real light on these organizations,” said Kamba Tshionyi, chairman of the 50 Fund. “It was a tough decision for our Board to get down to our final grantees for this round; the quality of these applications and the caliber of all of these nonprofits were just outstanding,”

Together, the five Game Changer grantees will expand programs the reach of these Bay Area nonprofits, serve more than 1,000 low-income youth in the next 12 months, and provide solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing young people in the region: homelessness, unemployment, incarceration, and lack of equitable access to healthcare and educational opportunities. Grant recipients include:

First Place for Youth
Currently serving Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and Solano Counties, First Place will use its 50 Fund Game Changer grant to replicate its highly effective program model in Santa Clara County, providing permanent housing and wrap-around support, including education and employment, to young people aged 18-24 transitioning out of foster care, who would otherwise be living on the street and struggling to survive.

Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY)
FLY will use its Game Changer grant to expand its current services in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties to another Bay Area county, providing a robust set of evidence-informed interventions proven to help youth offenders aged 15-18 change the trajectory of their lives – reducing recidivism, increasing public safety and helping participants build essential life skills to maximize their potential.

Juma Ventures
Expanding its San Francisco Bay Area footprint and building on its success at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara this past year, Juma Ventures will use its Game Changer grant to launch new concession and vending enterprises at Spartan Stadium, Moscone Center and Avaya Stadium, providing employment, financial skills and academic support to low-income youth aged 16-18, who will be the first in their families to attend college.

La Clinica de la Raza
Through its Game Changer grant, La Clinica will double its school-based health care (SBHC) services in Alameda County, expanding trauma-focused services, increasing screening for youth in high-risk schools, and creating a sustainable training model for clinicians and support teachers in trauma-sensitive school communities. La Clinica also serves Contra Costa and Solano counties.

Summer Search
Summer Search will use its Game Changer grant toward doubling the number of low-income students served through their Bay Area programs, helping to produce socially responsible college graduates who have transformed what they believe is possible for themselves through a program that integrate year-round professional mentorship, summer experiential learning, individualized college access and financial aid counseling, as well as a consistent network of support in college and beyond. Summer Search serves Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma Counties.

“We wanted to kick off our countdown to Super Bowl 50 with a focus on how we will give back to our communities,” said Super Bowl 50 Host Committee Chairman Daniel Lurie. “We are committed to creating a lasting legacy of community impact by hosting this milestone event, and we’re excited to be making our first grants today, 50 weeks from Super Bowl 50.”

One quarter of all the dollars raised by the Host Committee will go to support local organizations and initiatives through 50 Fund, focusing on organizations with innovative approaches to creating lasting solutions to local challenges. The 50 Fund will offer two more rounds of Game Changer grants, with the next application period opening this summer.

The NFL Foundation has made a $1 million grant to 50 Fund as part of its annual Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program. This is the largest contribution to 50 Fund to date and matches local private and public donations that have been made or pledged as part of the Host Committee’s commitment to contribute 25% of all the funds it raises back to community nonprofits.
About 50 Fund
50 Fund is the signature philanthropic initiative of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee. Its goal is to help close the opportunity gap that exists for Bay Area children, youth and young adults living in low-income communities. Through its grantmaking programs, 50 Fund will support organizations and initiatives making a difference, tackling big issues and scaling their impact. For more information, visit

About the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee
Working in partnership with Bay Area public officials and the NFL, the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl Host Committee is responsible for Super Bowl 50 and its celebration elements, including the Super Bowl Village, public exhibits and planning of game day logistics. The Host Committee will donate 25% of every dollar raised to Bay Area community initiatives and high-performing nonprofits through 50 Fund. To be hosted in the state-of-the-art Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara in 2016, Super Bowl 50 will be celebrated through a series of events that showcase all the Bay Area has to offer. For more information, visit

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So, Who’s Making Money Off of the 2024 Olympics Bid So Far? Google, PJ Jonhston, Nate Ballard, Webmasters…

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

So, instead of an honest attempt at getting us to pay billions ($10 billion, tens of billions?) for the 2024 Olympics in the Bay Area, area boosters are registering URLs what could be used to oppose them and also lying about financing.

Anyway, who’s making money so far, who’s taking money from the somewhat-delusional Larry Baer?

Well, Google for one. Do any kind of a search these days, and you’ll get an ad for the official 2024 bid website as your first hit. This can’t amount to too much money – I mean how many people are searching on this topic these days? Not too many.

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And the PR flacks like Nate Ballard and loser PJ Johnston, they’re making money, maybe a few thousands per month.

And webmasters, the techies who register URLs like NoSFOlympics.Org so citizens can’t organize the way they do in Boston. Those web kind of people are getting a few bucks.

And who else is on the payroll?


Golden State Warriors Declare New Mission Bay Proposal a “Win-Win” Already – Here’s the Press Release

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

I’ll just say that “Mission Bay” doesn’t really sound like an “inland site” to me, but whatever.

Here are your key quotes from this morning’s press release:

“Private Property, 

inland site, 

private property, 

private, inland property, 

no public property”

Ok then.

Oh, and what does “digitally fit” mean? IDK.

Here it is:

April 22, 2014

WARRIORS MAKE A PLAY FOR MISSION BAY – Team Reaches Deal with for Arena on Private Property in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO – The Golden State Warriors announced today terms have been reached with to purchase land in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, where the team intends to build a new state-of-the-art sports and entertainment center.

Terms of the deal were not announced.

“We believe Mission Bay is a perfect fit,” said Joe Lacob, Co-Executive Chairman and CEO of the Warriors. “It is a wonderful inland site in a dynamic part of the City that is convenient for fans from all over the Bay Area. We are buying private property, but the city will also get a new 5 ½ – acre waterfront park. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

“We’ve said all along we wanted to create a spectacular cultural destination for the City and the entire region,” said Co-Executive Chairman Peter Guber “This is about a shared cultural experience: going to a beautiful and inviting place to see a game, see a show, attend a convention. It will be easily accessible, state of the art, digitally fit, and second to none.”

Although specific details of the plan remain to be announced, the Warriors said previously discussed basic elements of the event center remain in effect: the arena will hold about 18,000 seats; it will showcase NBA basketball games as well as concerts, cultural events, family shows and convention activities; and it will be privately financed on private land, virtually unprecedented among major league sports and entertainment facilities in the U.S.

The new Warriors event center will be built on 12 acres of private, inland property, bounded by 3rd, 16th and South Streets, and Terry Francois Blvd.

The transaction with involves no public property and no public subsidy. There are no naming rights or sponsorship rights associated with the transaction.

The Mission Bay site is well served by public transportation, and borders Muni’s 3rd Street Light Rail. The location is also within a few blocks of Caltrain, and BART connects via an easy underground connection to Muni, both at Embarcadero and at Powell Station once the Central Subway opens in 2018. The Mission Bay neighborhood already has ample parking. And a new I-280 freeway connection at Mariposa Street will land less than a block away.

Mission Bay, a former redevelopment area that became the home of UCSF’s second campus, has been emerging as a modern urban center for the past 15 years. The Warriors new home will be within walking distance of several public plazas, parks, restaurants and retail corridors. AT&T Park is only a few blocks to the north; the Dogpatch, Potrero Hill and Bayview-Hunter’s Point neighborhoods are just to the south.

A key piece of the long-planned Mission Bay redevelopment puzzle, the build-out of this site, will also trigger the construction of a new five-and-a-half-acre waterfront park. Across Terry Francois Blvd. from the arena, the park will feature water-oriented activities and large lawn areas, which can accommodate a variety of recreational uses, similar to Marina Green.

“We’ve spent the past two years listening. We’ve learned a lot. We’re proud of the plans we’ve put forward to date, and we’re thrilled to announce this great leap forward,” said Rick Welts, President and COO of the Warriors. “We are looking forward to engaging with the neighborhood and, ultimately, making this site ‘Warriors Ground.’ This is our path to San Francisco.”

The Warriors first arrived in San Francisco in 1960 and played their first 11 seasons in the City by the Bay. The Warriors new ownership, led by Lacob and Guber, purchased the team in 2010. In 2012, the team announced plans to build a new sports and entertainment facility in San Francisco. The team has targeted the 2018-19 NBA season to debut its new arena.

Mission Bay by the Numbers

size of parcel (in acres)

Approx. # of seats in arena

Approx. height of arena (in feet)

Blocks to Caltrain

Blocks to Muni

Blocks to BART (via underground Muni connection)

Block to freeway

Existing parking spaces in Mission Bay

Current building height limit in Mission Bay (in feet)

Number of Top 25 U.S. cities (by population) without a large indoor arena (San Francisco)

Arthur Christ Agnos was Almost Assassinated Four Decades Ago – A Short Read on Former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos

Friday, January 17th, 2014

All the deets of what occurred at 991 Wisconsin Street 40 years ago.

And here’s more

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These days, Mayor Agnos need only worry about attempted character assassinations from the likes of recent Props B & C election loser* Nate Ballard

*I’m sorry, this is the innernet – should have written it as “looser” Nate Ballard. Poor Nate! Will you ever win?

Our City Family: Labor Council, Chamber of Commerce, and Warren Hellman Unite to Fight Jeff Adachi’s Prop D

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Well here’s the news of the day – it’s the launch of

And look who’s the headliner of this Fellowship, it’s “Civic Leader” Warren Hellman, who used to play for the other team, so to speak.

Anyway, all the deets, below.

That Warren sure loves his banjo:

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“PAULSON, FALK TO CO-CHAIR YES ON PROPOSITION C PENSION REFORM CAMPAIGN – Top Labor Leader, Top Business Leader Tapped To Lead Consensus Coalition

SAN FRANCISCO, August 31, 2011 – San Franciscans United For Pension And Health Reform today selected Tim Paulson and Steve Falk to serve as co-chairs of the campaign supporting Proposition C and opposing Proposition D on the November ballot.

Paulson is executive director of the San Francisco Labor Council, comprised of 150 local unions and representing 100,000 workers, and Falk is president and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, a 1,500-member organization representing the business community.

“We are pleased that San Francisco’s top labor leader and top business leader are working together to lead this coalition’s campaign for pension and health reform,” said Thomas P. O’Connor, president of Fire Fighters Local 798. “Unions and the business community don’t agree on everything, but on Proposition C, San Francisco is united.”

Falk praised Proposition C, which was developed with input from the community, introduced by Mayor Ed Lee, and passed unanimously by the Board of Supervisors.

“Proposition C saves taxpayers at least $1.3 billion over the next decade,” said Falk. “This measure is fiscally responsible and it will help keep us solvent.”

Paulson emphasized the measure’s fairness.

“Proposition C provides a safety net for hardworking city employees who earn lower wages,” said Paulson. “It keeps pension contributions stable for those making less than $50,000 a year. Those who make more pay more.”

O’Connor drew a contrast between Proposition C and Proposition D, a rival pension measure.

“Proposition C has widespread support because it was conceived in the light of day, with a public process that encouraged input and ideas from everyone,” said O’Connor. “On the other hand, the backers of Proposition D bought their way onto the ballot with signature gatherers who were paid five dollars a signature and repeatedly got caught on tape lying about what the measure would do.”

Today, San Franciscans United For Pension And Health Reform also announced the other members of its campaign committee. In addition to Paulson, Falk, and O’Connor, the committee includes other business and labor leaders, along with the measure’s sponsor at the Board of Supervisors:

Warren Hellman, Civic Leader
Gary Delagnes, President of the San Francisco Police Officers Association
Sean Elsbernd, Member of the Board of Supervisors
Steve Fields, Co-Chair of the Human Services Network
Larry Mazzola, Business Manager and Financial Secretary Treasurer of UA Local 38
Rebecca Rhine, Executive Director of the Municipal Executives Association
Bob Muscat, Executive Director of IFTPE Local 21
Sean Connolly, President of the Municipal Attorneys Association

Please visit for more information.”

Strategist Nate Ballard Takes a Victory Lap in the New York Times over Jeff Adachi’s Proposition B Going Down in Flames

Friday, November 5th, 2010

San Francisco’s Nate Ballard is being celebrated today in the New York Times. Check it:

“’Like it or not, unions are still the most potent political force in California,’” said Nathan Ballard, a Democratic strategist and former Gavin Newsom aide who once worked for the California Labor Federation. Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for governor, ‘persistently demonized the unions,’ Mr. Ballard said. ‘It was a miscalculation on her part. She greatly underestimated their influence.’”

So it would seem. A few months back, I certainly thought that Prop B would do a lot better than it did.

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Proposition B‘s lopsided defeat will make people think twice before creating other initiatives that affect organized labor in the 415, it would seem.

Nate Ballard Thinks Jeff Adachi is a Wolf – Senator Leland Yee to Appear at Anti-Prop B Rally Tomorrow

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

I’ll tell you, the last time I saw Proposition B, it was tumbling end over end smack dab between and ten yards above the electoral uprights, just like in this video at :04

IOW, Prop B is a lock to win, IMO. The only mystery is how B will affect the rest of the ballot, AFAIAC.

But, who knows, a lot can happen before November. Like this Anti-B / Anti-Jeff Adachi rally in the Inner Sunset starring Leland Yee, California’s Fightingest Senator. 

Here’s the best part, as promised by Nate Ballard:

“****Special Appearance By A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing****”

Now, I haven’t seen this kind of public mockery and demonization in the Inner Sunset since, I don’t know, the extremely unfunny anti-Craigslist / Craig “Newpimp” rally a few months back.

Just look at this black-and-white graphic the anti-B folks are sending out:

All the deets:

Prop B: A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing

Proposition B’s backers call it “pension reform” but Prop B is actually a massive increase in health care costs for working families that doubles the cost of health care for kids. Don’t be fooled by this wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Who: Opponents of Proposition B including Senator Leland Yee, Asian Firefighters Association, nurses, teachers, and other community leaders
What: Senator Yee and Prop B opponents campaign against Prop B
Where: Ninth and Irving, San Francisco
When: TOMORROW, Wednesday, September 22, 10:00 AM
Why: To campaign against Prop B, distribute No on B signs and literature to neighborhood merchants, and talk to voters about the health care impacts of Prop B

See you there!

Straddle the line in discord and rhyme
Jeff’s on the hunt, Jeff’s after you.
Mouth is alive with juices like wine
And Jeff’s hungry like the wolf

It’s Official – Jackie Speier to Remain a Congresswoman for Now

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Per UC Hastings Law School graduate Nathan Ballard comes news from UC Hastings Law School graduate Jackie Speier. It seems California’s most-beloved lawyer will stay in D.C. after all:

“Rep. Jackie Speier “Grateful” To Stay In Congress. Speier: Unfinished Work To Do On Consumer Protection, Health Care, Education

Washington, D.C. – Today, ending days of speculation, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) announced that she will remain in Congress.
“I am thankful that so many supporters came forward to urge me to run for statewide office, but after talking it over with my family, I have decided to stay in Congress,” said Speier. “I am convinced it is the right thing to do for my family, and I believe I can best serve my constituents by remaining in Congress and working hard on consumer protection, financial reform, jobs, and health care.”

Jackie in the Halls of Congress:


“Today’s announcement by Speier, who served for 18 years in the state legislature, ends speculation that she will seek statewide office in 2010. She has served in the U.S. Congress since 2008 and is a member of the financial services committee, the oversight and government reform committee, and the select committee on energy independence and global warming.
“My constituents have given me an extraordinary opportunity to protect the environment, the elderly, and a woman’s right to choose,” said Speier. “I am grateful to serve in Congress, and I do not take a single day for granted.”
In November 1978, Speier was serving as a legal advisor to Congressman Leo Ryan when she flew to Guyana to investigate crimes committed by Peoples’ Temple cult leader Jim Jones. While helping captives escape, Speier was shot five times by cult members and left for dead.
Since then Speier has dedicated her life to public service. She has written groundbreaking legislation in privacy and consumer protection, education, and health care.
Over the years Speier has earned a reputation as a reformer. The San Francisco Chronicle said “Jackie Speier has taken on some of Sacramento’s most powerful forces — banks, insurance companies, prison guards, University of California administrators, even legislative leaders — in her crusades for the public interest.” (May 14, 2006)
Speier, 59, graduated from UC Davis and received her law degree from UC Hastings. She is married with two children.”

The Thing About Nate Ballard, Former Director of Communications for Gavin Newsom

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Here’s the thing about Nathan Ballard – he was almost always in this damn-the-facts-Gavin-Newsom-is-always-right mode. That’s just the way the bulk of his profession does it these days.* Oh well, he won’t be in that mode much longer, see the news release below.

But what if the roles had been reversed? What if the smarter one were Mayor and the more charismatic one were Director of Communications?

Wouldn’t that arrangement have worked out better? For them, and for us? Just asking…

NB on the job, an impossible job, really, when you get down to it. Here he is documenting the goings-on around on Polk Street:


Check Nate’s Earned Media website: “Good Press. It isn’t free…” True that.

Anyway, here’s the news of the day:

Nathan Ballard to Leave Newsom Administration

Today Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that Nathan Ballard, his director of communications, will be leaving the Newsom administration.

Newsom praised Ballard’s skills.

“Nathan Ballard is unflappable, smart and a fierce advocate,” said Newsom. “He is a talented communicator and a consummate professional, and we will miss him.”

Ballard praised Newsom for his leadership.

“Mayor Newsom is a gifted leader who fearlessly tackles significant issues such as health care, the environment, education, and equal rights,” said Ballard. “It has been a privilege to serve this administration.”

Ballard took the helm of Newsom’s communications operation in February, 2007. He will be leaving the administration in February, 2010. He said he plans to spend more time with his family and to relaunch the business he founded in 2004, Earned Media, LLC.

Ballard, 40, has served as a spokesman for two presidential candidates, Senator John Kerry and General Wesley Clark. He has also been a communications director for the Democratic National Committee, the California Democratic Party, and California’s largest labor organization, the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.

Good luck Mr. Ballard. Bon courage.

*Speaking of charismatic leaders, even Mussolini would occasionally admit he lost a battle or made a mistake. Those by-gone days of frankness are long-gone, it would seem.

San Francisco’s Most Overused Cliche of the Decade: “World-Class”

Thursday, September 10th, 2009


Oh Lord, if I ever see or hear the clicheworld-class” again, it will be too soon. But now, They’re using the Phrase That Shant Be Named twice in the same monkey-fighting sentence:

A world-class city like San Francisco needs a world-class boulevard. We’re optimistic this plan will lead to a renaissance of Market Street,’ said Nathan Ballard, Newsom’s spokesman.'”

Now first of all, we already have a “world-class boulevard” – it’s called Octavia and it’s turning out to be a public policy disaster.

Second of all, “world-class: cliché (avoid)”:

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Now, do you want to use this phrase the way it was meant to be, like saying that Cleveland has a world-class symphony orchestra. I don’t know if that’s true or if it even ever was, but it’s surprising that a sub-million-population city like Cleveland would have such a good symphony so world-class is apropropriate, right? And indeed, the same could be said for the San Francisco Ballet, which acquits itself quite nicely considering S.F. is the fourth-biggest (and fallingSacramento, where you at Sacramento?) city in the state. 

But I mean, does everything in town have to be world-class? The Strybing Arboretum? Really? “Just look at that tree, man, that’s one monkey-fighting world-class tree!”

Or, how about:

“A world-class boyfriend like me needs a world-class omelette, don’t you think, honey?”

Oh, how they must laugh at us:

I despise the hackneyed phrase “world-class.” It’s a tired cliché supposed to inspire and excite where it only deadens and dulls the senses. In a world where everything is touted as “world-class”, nothing is exceptional or intimate.”

“Here’s my deal: I’m a world-class talking head. I’ve made my bones and I’ve got all my bona fides.”

“Is there anybody else who winces at the use of “world class”

What would the Encyclopedia of Business Cliches say about us? Nothing good, that’s for sure.  

Or Gaia, maybe She could help with this issue. Yes, Divine Intervention will be required at this point.

Or you know, Whomever, just please make it stop.