Posts Tagged ‘Santa Clara’

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.

Wow.

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:

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact:
Nathan Ballard
PJ Johnston
50 FUND ANNOUNCES GAME CHANGER GRANT RECIPIENTS
HOST COMMITTEE’S LEGACY FUND KICKS OFF WITH FIRST $2.5 MILLION
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 www.50fund.org

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 www.sfbaysuperbowl.com.

Follow the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee:
Online at www.sfbaysuperbowl.com or www.50fund.org
Facebook at www.facebook.com/superbowl50 or www.facebook.com/the50fund
Twitter at www.twitter.com/superbowl50 or www.twitter.com/50Fund

Shocker: The All-Black Squirrels of Santa Clara County

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Just in time for Halloween 2014:

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In all my years I aint never seen a black squirrel…

Intel + The 49ers = The Blandest Billboard Ad Imaginable. DiFi’s “Santa Clara Microchips” Team is Here

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Or rather, it’s Down There, all the way down in Santa Clara, two full counties away from us.

Anyway, this is Intel’s reward for spending millions and millions on the NFL / regulatory agencies / politicians:

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Bland, bland, bland…

Train Trouble: Crossing Arms? The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Don’t Need No Stinking Crossing Arms!

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

These four arrows tell the story. From right to left, we see a FEDEX DRIVER helping a VTA DRIVER remove a CROSSING ARM from the street after it fell off from the ELECTROMECHANICAL BARRIER DRIVE SYSTEM.

See?

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Then the train driver got back in and slowly, ever so slowly fled the scene.

Fin.

Mountain View View, Sometimes – The Boeing 747-200 What They Call Air Force One Right Next to the 101 Freeway

Friday, October 25th, 2013

What you can see from the freeway, sometimes:

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And then you’ll see the support aircraft at and around SFO, in the next county up the 101.

Living on Easy Street, Santa Clara County, California, USA

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

15-Foot Goth Dude Freaks Me Out: This Levi’s Model Should Become the New Mascot of the San Francisco 49ers

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

You know. when Levis Field opens up down in Santa Clara:

As seen on Market Street, it’s Sourdough Samuel:

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The Tiny Town of Santa Clara Says,”I’m a Big Boy Now!” – An Odd 49ers/Super Bowl-Related Press Release

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

“Silicon Valley’s Santa Clara Stadium Awaits 49ers”

YEP. HOW IS THIS NEWS?

“SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 30, 2013 / — The city of Santa Clara is surrounded by San Francisco to the north and San Jose next door to the south. Its population of just over 118,000 is well below these neighboring cities, yet as of August, 2014 the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers will be playing home games in Santa Clara, California. Already longtime headquarters for the team, the city is poised for permanent placement in the national and international sports spotlight.

UH, ACTUALLY, SC, YOU’RE SURROUNDED BY _SAN JOSE_ TO THE SOUTH.

RIGHT?

ALL RIGHT, READ THE REST, GENTLE READER, TO TRY TO SEE THE POINT OF THIS RELEASE. TTFN!

“The $1.2 billion Santa Clara Stadium will have the flexibility to host domestic and international soccer, college football, motocross, concerts, various civic events, and can be expanded for major events such as the Super Bowl. In fact, it has already been announced that the stadium is one of two finalists to host Super Bowl L in February, 2016 or Super LI in February, 2017. The stadium also will be home to the annual NCAA college football Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl beginning in 2014. Santa Clara Stadium will be the first professional football stadium to open with LEED certification, the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability.

Surrounding this unique sports venue is the city’s Santa Clara Convention Center, California’s Great America theme park, high-tech giants including Intel Corporation, Cisco Systems, and many others as well as a variety of major brand and independent hotels. For more details and images of Santa Clara, California and the new Santa Clara Stadium, visit www.SantaClara.org/Media.

www.santaclara.org

CONTACT: David Andre
408.380.1235
david.andre@santaclara.org

SOURCE Santa Clara Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Santa Clara Convention and Visitors Bureau

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GBUS TO MTV: A Confirmed Sighting of an Actual Google Bus on the Streets of San Francisco

Friday, July 6th, 2012

See? It’s black over white:

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And you can barely see, but the caption up there says “GBUS to MTV.”

Which stands for “Google Bus to Mountain View.”

Enjoy your WiFi-enabled reverse commute, Googlers!

 

OMG, San Jose Has a Skyline That You Can See From SF – City Hall, Bank of America Building – They’re Just Like Us!

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Well this is the view you can get from Buena Vista Park in the middle of San Francisco.

That’s world-famous* Candlestick Park, Home of the 49ers and the Gold Rush, in the foreground, and in the background camera left is the City of San Jose, California’s third-largest and the Capitol of the Bay Area:

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Now I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking, “Enhance that image.”

Well here you go, it’s downtown San Jose with all those tall buildings. See? It’s San Jose City Hall, “The 88″ residential building (which is actually only 87 meters high but let’s not dwell** on that), the Bank of America Building (nee Bank of Italy) from 1926, and the “Knight Ridder Building” (per Google Earth, I don’t know what they call it these days).

Oh, and somewhere in the mix there’s also Mineta San José International Airport – Silicon Valley’s Airport and the San Mateo Bridge and the Dumbarton Bridge.***

Anyway, I didn’t know San Jose had a skyline what you can see from the 415.

But don’t look for it to get any easier to spot in the future owing to the fact that that SJC international airstrip is right in the middle of it all and there’s a height limit of 87 meters (I think?) in the area.

So, San Joser has a big, domed City Hall and a tall Bank of America Building and whatnot. They’re just like us!

(Oh, and speaking of the Niners, enjoy our winning football team(s), Santa Clara County.)

*No, not “world-class.” 

**Check it: 

Eighty-eight (88) symbolizes fortune and good luck since the word 8 sounds similar to the word Fā (发, which implies 发财, or wealth, in Mandarin). The number 8 is considered to be the luckiest number of all in Chinese culture and prices in Chinese supermarkets can often be found containing many 8’s (see numbers in Chinese culture). The Chinese government has even been auctioning auto license plates containing many 8s for tens of thousands of dollars. The 2008 Beijing Olympics opened on 8/8/08 at 8 p.m. The shape of the Chinese character for 8 (八) also implies that a person will have a great, wide future as the character starts narrow and gets wider toward the bottom. 88 is used to mean “bye bye”; found in Chinese-language chat, text, SMS, IM. 88 is pronounced in Chinese Mandarin language as “ba ba” (“bā bā” to be precise), simulating the sound of the English language farewell “bye bye”.

And there’s this:

Eighty-eight is used as code among Neo-Nazis to identify each other. H is the 8th letter of the alphabet, so 88 is taken to stand for HH which in turn means Heil Hitler.For example, the number is used in the song “88 rock’n’roll band” by the neo-Nazi group Landser. The late convictedOrder terrorist David Lane wrote “Fourteen Words” and 88 Precepts, and the numbers are often found in combination (1488, 14/88, etc.). This form of the number has inspired the naming of the groups Column 88Unit 88, White Legion 88 and Barselc88. Holocaust museum shooter James von Brunn often signed his writings as “JVB-88.”

***Both of which were featured in the 1992 Robert Redford movie Sneakers. Hurray!

“Redford tries to describe to Strathairn, who is blind, what he heard while in the trunk of a car. He remembers going across a bridge and being in San Francisco it means one of four possible bridges: Golden Gate, Bay Bridge, San Mateo, and the Dumbarton. They rule out the first two and then narrow it down to San Mateo based on the sound and frequency of the seams in the concrete.”