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
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
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
"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
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.
Link to full article: America’s Cup, city reach new development agreement
Photo below: Guilain Grenier/ORACLE Racing