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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.)

Here’s How Larry Ellison Runs His Hawaiian Airline: $4000 Bonuses Paid to Pilots at “Island Air” Being Recalled

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Why would you give people a bonus right before the holidays and then take it back right before the holidays?

And then you plan on giving the money back* again next year, maybe?

What a mess!

Hey, here’s a solution for LE.

Why not just sell your POS Toyota LFA and then use the proceeds to fund the bonuses?

Oh, here it is, parked on Van Ness in front of the House of Prime Rib:

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That would cover it.

(Now, here’s the thing about the LFA. The suits at Toyota felt the program was taking waaaay too long, which it was, so they said, “Forget about the tranny, just finish that car!” So they slapped in a slushbox** and called it a day. That “awful” transmission totally doesn’t match the rest of the car. Oh well! But don’t take my word for it… ["One big giant squirrel." "Awful transmission."]

Anyway, this is the kind of thing what makes up your Legacy, Larry.

Don’t you care about your Legacy, Larry?

Or, if not, do you care about unnecessarily pissing off all your pilots? 

*These bonuses weren’t exactly Christmas Bonuses, they were WE’RE FINALLY GETTING NEW AIRPLANES Bonuses. So I guess the Island Air people weren’t happy with the Airbussy prop planes they bought, so now they want to switch over to the Canadian competition? And then there was some kind of bonus for the pilots connected to that. Which planes would be best? Well, you just don’t know. You’ll never know, actually. Perhaps Island Air just doesn’t make sense as a bidness? I’ll tell you, back in the 1990′s people’d be trying to start up inter-island airlines just for the PR value, just to have fun. The idea would be to lose money on the airline (ooh look, we have all-jet aircraft!) to build up goodwill to use for another purpose. It didn’t work out..)

**Look at all those words in Wikipedia about the chassis and engine and then there’s just one line about the awful transmission…

It’s Ask a Stupid Question Time: “How Did Oracle Team USA Win the America’s Cup – Twice?”

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Here we go:

How Did Oracle Team USA Win the America’s Cup – Twice?

Well, I suppose this is a fair question.

AC33: You see, the America’s Cup isn’t really a sport. The defenders have an 85% victory rate because they make a lot of the rules. Despite this, the Larry Ellison BMW team won AC33 as the challenger because it had a new-school wing-sail and the defender had regular old sails. It was a stupid event that was won in courtrooms.

AC34: You see, the America’s Cup isn’t really a sport. The defenders have an 85% victory rate because they make a lot of the rules.

Now I have a question – is Julian Guthrie an objective reporter on the topic of Larry Ellison? (The answer is HELL NO.)

Oh, here’s another. Why did Larry Ellison pick her to tell his stories to? Mmmm.

And what’s funny is that she’s kind of his spokesmodel. So like Larry will tell her that death of Andrew Simpson was a “freak accident” and then that’s the same phrase she’ll use on a call-in radio show, like IDK, Forum with Michael Krasney. And she didn’t say “Larry says it was a freak accident,” you know, the way a journalist might. No no, she was expressing her own opinion, rather emphatically, for whatever reason. Oh well. And then months later, Larry hisself says something on the topic for the first time in public. He was all, “It was a freak accident.” OK fine.

So Larry Ellison wants to hold the next go-around in Hawaii? Well that’s fine, I don’t think anybody would object to that. But it would be nice if Deadbeat Larry could pay for the prior event. The latest estimate is $11,000,000 or so.

Oh, what else, oh, former Supervisor Michela Alioto Pier once told a small crowd that the reason that God didn’t allow SF to host a particular Summer Olympics was because He, and I’m srsly, wanted us to host the 34th America’s Cup and, you know, we couldn’t practically host both events so, you know, divine intervention. Srsly.

Anyway, the legacy of the America’s Cup is an eight-figure debt that we thought Larry would cover but his people merely just said that they would try really hard to cover, which actually meant they wouldn’t really try at all. Oh, and you embarrassed our very sensitive appointed Mayor – hope you’re happy, Larry, but I don’t think you are.

Now, on with the show:

“Wed, Apr 2 2014 – 6:00pm

Jimmy Spithill, Oracle Team USA Skipper
Norbert Bajurin, Commodore, Golden Gate Yacht Club
Julian Guthrie, Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle; Author, The Billionaire and the Mechanic: How Larry Ellison and a Car Mechanic Teamed Up to Win Sailing’s Greatest Race, The America’s Cup, Twice
Michael Krasny, Host, KQED’s Forum – Moderator

In last summer’s 34th America’s Cup, San Francisco’s home team, Oracle USA, was down eight-to-one when it pulled off a comeback for the ages, with eight straight wins against Emirates Team New Zealand. The victorious skipper, Jimmy Spithill, was at the helm supported by his team and the unlikely partnership of Golden Gate Yacht Club’s Commodore Norbert Bajurin and Larry Ellison, co-founder and billionaire CEO of Oracle Corporation. They’ll talk about the danger and drama of sailing these ultra-fast, aerodynamically designed 72-foot catamarans. Guthrie is the author of The Billionaire and the Mechanic, which tells the incredible story of how a car mechanic and one of the world’s richest men teamed up to win the world’s greatest race – twice!

Come have your photo taken with the America’s Cup trophy! Affectionately known as the “Auld Mug,” The America’s Cup is the oldest international sporting trophy, and it’s coming to the Club as well!

Location: SF Club Office
Time: 5:15 p.m. check-in and premium reception, 6 p.m. program, 7 p.m. book signing
Cost: $20 non-members, $12 members, $7 for students (with valid ID); Premium: $40 non-members, $30 members

 

OMG, Selena Gomez, Seth Rogen, Magic Johnson & Orlando Bloom are Coming to Oakland on March 26th! It’s “We Day California”

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Well, this is different.

All the deets:

“Natalie Portman and Magic Johnson bring largest youth empowerment event to California featuring Selena Gomez, Seth Rogen and Orlando Bloom

- First-ever We Day California will bring together 16,000 students and teachers on March 26 -

- Media accreditation is now open at www.weday.com/press -

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Today, international charity and educational partner Free The Children announced that its stadium-sized youth empowerment event, We Day, is coming to California for the first time on March 26, 2014 at Oracle Arena with the support of Co-Title Sponsors Microsoft, Allstate and Unilever. Selena Gomez, Seth Rogen and Orlando Bloom were among the first revealed as part of the star-studded lineup of speakers and performers who will take the stage at We Day California alongside 16,000 students from over 400 schools across the state.

The announcement was made at Philip & Sala Burton Academic High School in San Francisco in front of over 700 students who were joined by players from the Oakland Raiders and a surprise appearance by Glee star, Jacob Artist.

Organized by Free The Children, We Day is taking the philanthropic world by storm and going global with events in the United States, Canada and the UK. Over 180,000 youth this school year alone will come together to take part in an unprecedented educational initiative which inspires students to become active local and global citizens.

Spearheading its arrival in California are long-time Free The Children supporters and We Day California Co-Chairs, Natalie Portman, and Magic Johnson along with philanthropic thought leaders Jeff Skoll, Founder and Chairman of the Skoll Foundation, Participant Media and the Skoll Global Threats Fund and Daniel Lurie, CEO and Founder, Tipping Point Community. National businesses are also lending support to We Day including Co-Title Sponsors Microsoft, Allstate and Unilever, and professional sports teams including the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco Giants, the San Jose Sharks and the Oakland Athletics.

Ever more deets, after the jump

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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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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

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?

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:

Is Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team STILL Cheating in the America’s Cup? Isn’t Matt Mitchell “Excluded” from “Sailing” Per the Jury?

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

[UPDATE: Joe Eskenazi of SF Weekly has the story. Mitchell being on the boat when it’s not “competing” in a race is kosher, per Russell Coutts and International Jury member Bryan Willis. A mystery solved.]

Boy, we’re deep into Bill Clinton-land, it-depends-on-what-the-meaning-of-the-word-”is”- is-ville now.

Is this Matthew Mitchell, who was officially “excluded from sailing on a Yacht competing in the Match for the 34th Americas Cup until 4 races have been completed,” sailing on a Yacht competing in the Match for the 34th Americas Cup before 4 races have been completed?

It sure looks that way to some people, as Mitchell (or somebody wearing his gear) is shown here aboard after Oracle started losing yesterday

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Oh well.