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Sunday, December 14, 2014

GONZO ! ! THE 49ERS ARE OUT OF PLAYOFF CONTENTION ! !

SO MUCH FOR THE THEORY A NEW STADIUM WOULD TURN THEM INTO INSTANT SUPERBOWL WINNERS.
NOW, WHAT ARE THE ODDS THEY'LL MAKE IT TO SUPERBOWL L IN SANTA CLARA WHEN THEY'RE HEAD COACH IS ON THE WAY OUT AND THE POSSIBILITY THAT QUITE A FEW PLAYERS WILL LEAVE VIA FREE AGENCY? I'D SAY THE CHANCES ARE VERY SLIM.



Saturday, December 13, 2014

TIM KAWAKAMI ON THE LETHARGY OF LEVI'S STADIUM....

Duh! It was clear that only thinking Santa Clarans were able to see the ominous shortcomings of having a publicly funded NFL stadium in our city. What's amusing to me is that I thought the facility would have at least a couple of good years before starting to become a financial burden. Whatever the case, Levi's Stadium was all about creating wealth for the Yorks and their partners while shamelessly obligating Santa Clara taxpayers to something that will not provide a positive fiscal return. Let's face it. Measure J was approved by stupid people.


http://blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami/2014/12/06/levis-stadium-dead-red/


http://blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami/2014/12/12/levis-part-2/


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

IS THIS ANOTHER SIGN OF FUTURE FUTILITY FOR LEVI'S STADIUM?

 

Joe Montana's project across from 49ers' Levi's Stadium delayed again



 Pictured is aerial view of the hotel, office and entertainment complex proposed for construction by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana.
Pictured is aerial view of the hotel, office and entertainment complex proposed for construction by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana. (Courtesy the Montana Property Group )
SANTA CLARA -- Joe Montana was known for winning big games for the 49ers, but now in his new career as a developer, he's struggling to gain a much different kind of win off the field.
The Hall of Fame quarterback is pushing back construction of his $400 million hotel, sports bar, retail and office project across from Levi's Stadium again, the second significant delay in as many years. Montana has lost his development partner, according to a person close to the deal, while questions continue to swirl about how the 49ers -- who currently have parking dibs to the land Montana is trying to develop -- will be compensated for losing stadium parking spots.
Still, Santa Clara leaders' faith in Montana has not wavered, and the City Council on Tuesday is set to approve yet another extension that will give Golden Joe exclusive rights to the land -- instead of letting other developers bid -- for another couple of years.
"I'm not discouraged at all. I think we're making good progress, and in the end, we'll get a deal with them," said City Manager Julio Fuentes.
When he first proposed the 730,000-square-foot project four years ago, Montana had envisioned the hotel plaza opening along with the 49ers' new home in 2014 as a main attraction for visiting fans. But last year, after struggling to get the project up and running, Montana pushed the opening back to coincide with Super Bowl 50, which Levi's Stadium will host in 2016.

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Now, Montana has missed that goal, too, and concedes construction won't even begin until 2016 at the earliest. It's not clear when the so-called "Santa Clara Centennial Gateway" would open.
Montana's post-football venture would include a 250-room boutique hotel with a rooftop pool; rows of shops and eateries headlined by a signature Joe Montana restaurant; a large U-shaped office complex; and big open plazas close enough to read the Levi's Stadium scoreboards. But the plans haven't always gone smoothly.
When the development was first proposed, then-City Manager Jennifer Sparacino recommended against giving Montana exclusive rights to the prime 9-acre swath of city land across from the incoming stadium, saying the city should instead allow developers to bid and let the best project win. But after Montana personally testified at a public meeting, council members said they were impressed with his star power and voted in 2012 to set aside the land for him.
Since then, Montana has come back requesting extensions and other updates to the deal four times, with the council on Tuesday set to approve, without discussion, the latest deal through as late as March 2017.
Joe Montana, former 49ers quarterback with the Montana Property Group, listens to questions from the Santa Clara City Council after pitching his hotel and
Joe Montana, former 49ers quarterback with the Montana Property Group, listens to questions from the Santa Clara City Council after pitching his hotel and office project at the Santa Clara City Council meeting on October 30, 2013. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) (Nhat V. Meyer)
In the meantime, the land will sit as a parking lot used a few dozen times a year for Levi's Stadium, collecting minimal revenue for the city. Meanwhile, interest from other developers for the area around the new stadium continues to surge, most notably, with a $6.5 billion Santana Row-style mixed-use project planned next to Montana's venture.
The developers of that mega-project, a multibillion-dollar company called Related that is led by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, are now taking on a bigger role coordinating with Montana on their adjacent developments. It comes as Montana's previous development partner, seasoned Lowe Enterprises, is said to have recently dropped out of the project, though it's unclear if Related will step in as Montana's new co-developer.
Related, which has a much bigger and more complicated development than Montana's and began the planning process two years after him, has nonetheless progressed past the stalled Montana project in the city's planning process and could begin construction first.
A representative for Montana did not respond to requests for comment. Spokeswomen for Related and Lowe declined to comment.
One other issue that surfaced early this year has not gone away, and it involves the team Montana led to four Super Bowl championships.
Although the city owns the two plots of land on Tasman Drive that Montana wants to develop, the 49ers won the rights to use the property for parking as part of the team's voter-approved stadium deal before Montana began pitching his development.
The 49ers have insisted on being given roughly 800 replacement parking spots if Montana builds on the lot, but so far the city has been unable to lock down new spaces or broker a different solution.
Montana's representatives have previously downplayed the issue, and the 49ers on Monday did not respond to a request for comment. Fuentes said the city, team and Montana's group have been tossing around various ideas and that the parking squabble presents only a "wrinkle."
"I don't think we're really that far away from working out a final solution to the lease as well as the parking issue," he said.

Monday, December 8, 2014

WILL THERE BE A FULL EXPLANATION OF THIS INCIDENT?

OR WILL WE HAVE TO WAIT FOR THIS OREGON FAN TO FILE A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE CITY?


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

RAIN IN THE FORECAST FOR THE PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP.................

WHICH LEADS ME TO BELIEVE THE CROWD WILL BE A WHOLE LOT SMALLER THAN WHAT IS BEING ANTICIPATED. MOST LIKELY, THIS WILL BE THE SECOND COLLEGE FOOTBALL EVENT HELD AT LEVI'S STADIUM WHERE THE PAID ATTENDANCE UNDERPERFORMS. HOW WILL THIS AFFECT THE FINANCES OF THE SANTA CLARA STADIUM AUTHORITY? SINCE THEY DON'T TELL US ANYTHING, PERHAPS WE'LL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL ITS TOO LATE.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

WHY DO WE ELECT IDIOTS AND LIARS TO RUN SANTA CLARA?

Its very simple Mayor Matthews & councilmembers. Present evidence of another city which spent "x" amount of taxpayer money hosting the Super Bowl and garnered a huge profit from doing so. Didn't our municipal government learn anything from San Francisco hosting the America's Cup?

Santa Clara on the hook for $2 million in Super Bowl events despite huge San Francisco-based fundraising haul

POSTED:   11/24/2014 04:05:55 PM PST35 COMMENTS| UPDATED:   ABOUT 15 HOURS AGO


SANTA CLARA -- Although Super Bowl 50 organizers have raised $40 million to fund a week of events throughout the Bay Area, the city hosting the actual game -- Santa Clara -- will be on its own to pay for a slate of festivities showing itself off to the world.
Santa Clara officials on Monday unveiled a $2 million package of about a dozen events leading up to the February 2016 game at the new Levi's Stadium, headlined by a parade and fireworks extravaganza. But the city will have to start from scratch to raise private money for the showcase -- and if that campaign falls short, taxpayers will be on the hook.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during  the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new $1.3 billion Levi’s stadium,  July 17, 2014, in Santa Clara,
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new $1.3 billion Levi's stadium, July 17, 2014, in Santa Clara, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
Most of the money raised by a San Francisco-based Super Bowl Host Committee will be funneled into San Francisco, where the bulk of the "official" activities will be held, 45 miles from the 49ers' new stadium. The problem for the host committee, which has been planning the events for more than 18 months, is that the Santa Clara-based festivities are new and not included in the original Super Bowl plan and budget.
Santa Clara leaders, who took on huge publicly-backed loans to fund the new stadium, have been deferential to the host committee since the city gave away the official Super Bowl host gig to San Francisco two years ago so the 49ers could escape the last year of its Candlestick Park lease.
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"We knew what we were getting into when we did this," said Santa Clara Councilwoman Lisa Gillmor, a stadium supporter who's helped the city plan its own Super Bowl events.
The Santa Clara City Council on Tuesday is set to approve its slate of events and the hiring of a private fundraiser. If that effort falls short, the remaining money will come from a city fund that pays for infrastructure improvements such as sidewalk repairs and sewer line maintenance. Local Super Bowl organizers had promised no public money would be used to fund the game and associated events, though the Santa Clara festivities are not considered part of the official Super Bowl program.
The list of Santa Clara events, brainstormed by city officials over the last several months, is topped by a $1.2 million parade down Great America Parkway with about 100 floats, celebrating the "50" theme of the NFL's golden anniversary title game. It would be followed by an outdoor food alley, concerts and a fireworks show.
Also on the docket: a $500,000 "Super 50" celebration that includes local food and wine tasting, pep rally and celebrity flag football game; a technology showcase that includes a game countdown clock on the water tower next to the stadium; a $100,000 local art showcase; a Super Bowl exhibit at the convention center; a fun run; and an elegant "Super 50 Black and Gold Ball" featuring sports dignitaries.
One unprecedented option, which city officials conceded might be "pie in the sky," would require NFL permission to live-stream the game for free inside Buck Shaw Stadium.
"Many people will not be able to afford to go to the Super Bowl. We want them to be part of the Super Bowl in any way that we can," Gillmor said. "If it wasn't for Santa Clara residents, the stadium wouldn't be here."
City Manager Julio Fuentes said the cost of the events was also a worthy investment because the Super Bowl offers a rare chance for Santa Clara to show itself off to visitors who might want to do business in the city or return to vacation. He said they also want to impress the NFL, which will ultimately have to decide whether the region deserves to host future Super Bowls.
The city will still get a piece of the $40 million raised by the Super Bowl Host Committee to ensure Santa Clara does not lose money operating the actual game, Media Day and tailgate at the stadium, as it will be reimbursed for public costs like police overtime. And the host committee, which wields the star power of local celebrities, sports stars and CEOs, has vowed to lend a hand in the city's fundraising campaign.
"We applaud Santa Clara for working to put together additional Super Bowl 50 events for the Santa Clara community," said host committee spokesman Nathan Ballard. "We've been working together with city officials to support these efforts in any way that we can."
Ballard said that includes taking the lead on funding and planning the actual Super Bowl, which will be a "huge boon to the city of Santa Clara and the whole region."
The host committee, based out of a San Francisco office and led by an appointee of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, has unveiled two separate Golden Gate Bridge-themed logos and held press conferences in the city by the bay, shining the spotlight first and foremost on San Francisco. They've set aside the bulk of hotel rooms and official events, like the NFL Experience interactive theme park and the Main Street landing spot for visitors, for San Francisco.
But the group has recently moved to regionalize the game as a Bay Area-wide event, scrapping its "SF Super Bowl" theme, website address and social media hashtag and adding a former Santa Clara mayor to its 39-person advisory committee. While Apple, Google, Intel, Yahoo and other Silicon Valley giants have each chipped in $2 million for the game, companies from throughout the region, such as Old Navy and Kaiser, have donated as well, and destinations such as Wine Country and Pebble Beach could also host some pre-game festivities.
One-fourth of the money raised by the host committee will go toward charity, a record for a Super Bowl, with organizers announcing Monday that the first grant details -- aimed at impoverished youth and young adults -- will be unveiled Dec. 2.
Contact Mike Rosenberg at 408-920-5705. Follow him at Twitter.com/RosenbergMerc.
Super Bowl 50 event schedule for Santa Clara
Dec. 4, 2015: Super 50 tree lightingDec. 19, 2015: 50-day countdown to game begins with local art showcase
Ongoing: Technology initiatives, including countdown clock on stadium water tower
Dec. 26, 2015 to Jan. 2, 2016: Super Bowl exhibit at the Santa Clara Convention Center
Jan. 2, 2016: Charitable 5k, 10k and kids run, and health expo
Jan. 8, 2016: Super 50 Black and Gold Ball featuring celebrities at the convention center
Jan. 31, 2016: Parade, concert and fireworks show
Feb. 5, 2016: Events around town, including celebrity flag football; local wine and food tasting; a pep rally featuring Great America theme park characters; and an NFL PLAY 60 practice
Feb. 6, 2016: Super Bowl at Levi's Stadium; if permission granted by NFL, the game would be live-streamed inside Buck Shaw Stadium
Source: city of Santa Clara