America’s Cup foes don’t have much support
By C.W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle // Dec. 17, 2011
It would have almost been disappointing if the environmental impact report for the America's Cup had sailed through City Hall without dissent. C'mon, this is a city that protests paper shopping bags and Happy Meals.
No worries, San Francisco didn't disappoint. No sooner had the Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the report - while praising its comprehensive look at environmental concerns - than a small group of activists filed an appeal to stop everything.
I would just say one thing to those people. You'd better check your back, because there aren't many people behind you. The America's Cup is wildly popular in San Francisco. A University of San Francisco poll found support at nearly 80 percent.
If the swimmers stop a race out of simple pique, or if a tedious lawsuit jeopardizes the event, those groups will look like petulant kids.
This Cup can happen. It can be awesome. The idea of stopping the whole thing dead with a lawsuit, just because you can, is the worst kind of cynicism.
"In the end, if you are always the one who says no to everything," Planning Commission President Christina Olague said, "eventually you are going to exhaust the public."
They're already exhausted. Mess with the Cup and they'll be something more - furious.
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S.F. planners OK impact report on America’s Cup
By Stephanie Lee, San Francisco Chronicle // Dec. 16, 2011
The America’s Cup is set to descend on San Francisco beginning next summer - but a crew of opponents is threatening to knock it off course.
In the year since the city was chosen to host the world-famous regatta in 2012 and 2013, organizers have raced to finalize plans. The culmination of those efforts, an analysis of the regatta's impacts on the city, was approved by the Planning Commission 5-0 Thursday night.
The decision clears the way for construction on the waterfront, provided the Board of Supervisors approves the project in January.
And there's virtually no room for delay. In just eight months, the first yachts are scheduled to hit the water under the gaze of hundreds of thousands of spectators.
The report “demonstrated what we can do when we work together as a city,” Commissioner Michael Antonini said at the close of a two-hour meeting, which was attended by about 100 people. “I was very impressed.”
Mayor Ed Lee agreed, saying in a statement: “This is an exciting moment in our efforts to bring the America’s Cup to San Francisco, the only major international sporting event coming to the United States in the next decade,” and noting that the project benefited from “valuable input from many individuals, groups and agencies across the Bay Area.”
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AC, city reach new development agreement
Source: San Francisco Chronicle // Dec. 16, 2011
A compromise agreement between San Francisco and the America’s Cup organizers will save some of the city’s most treasured public views of the bay from being blocked by a proposed marina for the mega-yachts of the ultra-rich.
Under the new plan, the organizers will give up their long-term development rights for piers 14 to 22 ½ in exchange for the rights to develop Pier 54 in Mission Bay.
“This will move the (planned) long-term marina from what is a passive area to a portion that is more a working waterfront,” said Monique Moyer, executive director of the port.
The original agreement would have given the promoters the right to develop the section of the waterfront by the “Cupid’s Span” sculpture by Rincon Park, a spot that now provides one of the only open water views of the bay and the Bay Bridge along the Embarcadero. Plans were to turn the area into a spot for visiting yachts too large for other marinas.
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