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Monday, July 21, 2014

LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED...........

I'M SURE THIS WILL BE THE FIRST OF MANY ARRESTS AT LEVI'S STADIUM



1st arrest at 49ers' Levi's Stadium

Published 8:12 pm, Monday, July 21, 2014
(07-21) 20:11 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- While the first kickoff at Levi's Stadium isn't until the 49ers' pre-season opener Aug. 17, police have already made the first arrest at the new stadium, when Santa Clara officers took a man into custody at the site last week.
About 6:45 p.m. July 15, officers responded to reports of an unauthorized man wandering around the stadium, which was recently completed for more than $1 billion.
Security staff members had already detained the man by the time officers arrived, police said, but a records check revealed he had an outstanding $5,000 misdemeanor arrest warrant from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.
He was arrested and taken to Santa Clara County Jail.
Kale Williams is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail:kwilliams@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @sfkale

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

SHALL WE START CHECKING TO SEE HOW OUR CITY OFFICIALS ARE LIVING?

Perhaps we should start smelling Mayor Matthews bank accounts. He seems to be getting a little too close with some of these developers.


$6.5 billion mega-project across from 49ers stadium gets bigger, closer to reality

UPDATED:   07/02/2014 06:12:02 PM PDT


SANTA CLARA -- One of Silicon Valley's biggest ever development proposals -- a new metropolis that would shoot up across from the 49ers stadium -- is getting even bigger and now has a behemoth of a price tag to go with it.
The City Place Santa Clara project has grown from 5.2 million square feet when it was unveiled last year to about 8 million square feet, more than five times the size of Santana Row. And the privately-financed project will cost an estimated $6.5 billion -- roughly the cost of the new Bay Bridge eastern span -- up from $1.5 billion previously.
The details were released as the City Council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a deal with mega-developer Related to start the final phase of planning for the 215-acre mixed-use project that would give Santa Clara its downtown back after it was torn down in the 1950s and '60s.
Related, founded by Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross, proposed the project in April 2013, as excitement swirled over the 49ers' $1.3 billion Levi's Stadium on the other side of Tasman Drive. The Related development, slated to be built on what is now a city-owned golf course and BMX track across from the stadium, would be the largest part of a new entertainment complex that would also include Joe Montana's separately-planned hotel and sports bar.
"Santa Clara is already on the map, but this is certainly going to put us way over the top," said City Manager Julio Fuentes.
The size of the development has increased about 50 percent strictly because of added density, largely for office space. That accounts for a portion of the price increase, while another $2 billion has been tacked on for inflation as the project gets built over the next 10 to 20 years.
The full City Place proposal is so big it would require seven phases of construction. In addition to offices, the development includes 30 restaurants, a 350-room hotel -- up from 200 rooms planned last year -- and 380 apartment units. There will be another 1 million square feet of shops, including two or three department stores, along with plans for a movie theater, a comedy or jazz club, a bowling alley and an arts performance center. A "European-style" arts district, parks and plazas are included, too.
The project is not without its critics. Golfers and BMX riders who use the golf course and track that would be wiped out from the development fear they won't get a replacement somewhere else in the city. Neighbors are concerned about traffic, parking and other quality-of-life issues stemming from such a big project. And organized labor groups worry the plans won't include union jobs.
"I think it'll be crippling -- I think it's going to be another half-baked project where all they're thinking about is the short-term," said Deborah Bress, a leader of the stadium opposition group called Santa Clara Plays Fair.
But the city is giddy because it expects to net about $23 million to $28 million in tax and rent revenues annually from the project over a 99-year lease -- nearly what it costs to pay for the city's police department each year. The city also gets $850 million in infrastructure spending from the developer to prepare the golf course, which sits over a landfill, for building.
The finished product would support an estimated 23,000 permanent employees, or about 9,000 more than what Apple's new Cupertino campus is expected to house. The workers' combined payroll would be about $1.6 billion annually.
"I am completely blown away by this project," said Mayor Jamie Matthews. "Anyone who says this is not a good thing needs to just walk out and get some fresh air."
The developer sees the location, between Highways 101 and 237 and Interstate 880, as a "hole in the retail doughnut" for the office park-lined area and wants to get started right away to take advantage of the boom in the Silicon Valley economy.
"Everything's teed up and ready to go," said developer Steve Eimer, a Related executive.
The city, meanwhile, is anxious to re-create a destination center after losing its downtown generations ago.
Erich Smith, general manager of the Hilton across from the stadium, notes that while his hotel is sold out on many 49ers game days this season, he has no idea where to tell out-of-town visitors to go for the rest of their stay.
"We believe it is a monumental change," Smith said of the project.
The contract approved Tuesday extends and revises an original negotiating deal the council approved with Related in February. After ironing out the final plans, the council is set to approve construction a year from now, with building expected to start in early 2016 -- around the time Super Bowl 50 comes to Levi's Stadium. The first phase would open in 2019, which Santa Clara officials say would help them win future Super Bowls for next decade.
Next month, the council also expects to vote on moving forward with the Montana project, and the stadium opens Aug. 2.
Contact Mike Rosenberg at 408-920-5705. Follow him at Twitter.com/rosenbergmerc.

DOESN'T MEAN S**T ! ! ! ! ! !

UNTIL THE SANTA CLARA STADIUM AUTHORITY REVEALS HOW MUCH ACTUAL CASH THERE IS TO PAY FOR THE EXPENSES OF LEVI'S STADIUM, IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW MANY TICKETS HAVE SOLD FOR THE 2014 SEASON. THAT IS THE DIRTY LITTLE SECRET THEY'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT.............

49ers sell out Levi's Stadium -- few single-game tickets coming

UPDATED:   07/01/2014 08:36:42 AM PDT


SANTA CLARA -- The San Francisco 49ers have sold out their first season at Levi's Stadium despite huge price increases over Candlestick Park, and most fans hoping to get in for face-value will now have to settle for a small batch of new standing-room-only tickets.
The seat licenses and season ticket packages for the Niners' new 68,500-seat home have generated about half of the $1.3 billion in revenue so far from the stadium, roughly what it cost, and the news comes just seven weeks before the first preseason game.
"It's a historic day," 49ers Chief Operating Officer Al Guido said in announcing the sellout to this newspaper Monday. "It's a testament to the fans and their passion. I think they were genuinely excited and blown away by the design and all the things that go into the stadium."
Still, 30 percent of Candlestick Park season ticket holders declined to move to the new stadium with the team, and many others say they'll need to sell off some of their tickets just to afford their costly new seats.
Although all the seats are taken, the Niners on Monday also announced that they will sell 1,500 standing-room only tickets for each game, pushing the overall capacity of Levi's Stadium to slightly more than 70,000.
Although Candlestick Park sold out every year since 1982, the 2014 feat is especially impressive because fans this year had to plunk down a lot more green to see the red and gold. First, they had to foot a one-time bill of $2,000 to $80,000 for new seat licenses that provide fans the right to buy season tickets, which cost another $850 to $3,750 annually -- about twice the cost of Candlestick.
In all, fans have bought $530 million in seat licenses, with the revenue going to the Santa Clara Stadium Authority, the public agency that took out the $850 million loan to start building the stadium in 2012. Separately, it's believed the 49ers will reap more than $100 million annually from season tickets.
The Niners have also scored more than $400 million in revenue from luxury suites, which are also sold out, while the team and public agency are splitting the $220 million naming rights deal with Levi Strauss & Co. Altogether, the revenue, on paper at least, matches the $1.3 billion cost of the stadium.
Fans and Guido cited the success of the team, which drove deep into the playoffs each of the past two years, and the excitement around the new stadium in explaining the sellout, which took 2½ years of sales and quite a bit of assuaging fans with sticker shock.
"We balked at it a little bit, like 'whoa, it's that much?'" said San Francisco resident Adam Sturgeon, a season-ticket holder with his wife. But "to have the opportunity to get into a new stadium -- not too many people get that opportunity."
Guido noted other new high-priced NFL stadiums -- such as the New York Giants and Jets' MetLife Stadium and the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium -- recently opened without selling out.
Kyle Calhoon, a grounds manager for Levi’s Stadium, edges the grass as a jumbo screen shows an image of San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis,
Kyle Calhoon, a grounds manager for Levi's Stadium, edges the grass as a jumbo screen shows an image of San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, on June 16, 2014 in Santa Clara. (Dai Sugano, Bay Area News Group)
The long-awaited single-game ticket plans unveiled Monday show how fans without a seat license can still get face value tickets, though the options will be very limited.
The 1,500 standing-room-only tickets will go on sale in late July and be available on a single-game basis only to fans who sign up for a new fan rewards program called Faithful 49. The price has not been set but it will be cheaper than the nosebleed seats, which are $85 per ticket for an average game, Guido said.
In addition, the team is required by the NFL to hold back a small amount of single-game tickets that ultimately will not get used by the opposing team, broadcast networks or other groups. Guido said as many as 400 single-game tickets will be sold on the Thursday before each game but only to fans who earn enough points to top the Faithful 49 rankings by purchasing merchandise, attending events and following the team on social media.
Of course, anyone else can still buy tickets on resale sites such as StubHub, but many will be at marked-up prices. Many fans will be selling tickets to subsidize their seat license and season ticket packages and will have hard copies of the tickets to sell starting in late July or early August.
"I only plan to go to two games a season for now," said Agustin Diaz of South San Francisco, who will be selling the rest of his season tickets.
Overall, about 70 percent of Candlestick Park season ticket holders bought seats in Santa Clara, down from the typical renewal rate of about 95 percent at Candlestick. The team made up the difference by attracting plenty of new fans, including Jeremy Spencer, who will be driving 14 hours to Levi's for each home game from Idaho.
"When you can say 'I was a season ticket holder from game one,'" Spencer said, "there's a better legacy there. It's like turning a new chapter, and you start fresh."
For Spencer and others, that new chapter starts with the first preseason game on Aug. 17 vs. the Denver Broncos.
Contact Mike Rosenberg at 408-920-5705. Follow him at Twitter.com/rosenbergmerc.

Monday, June 16, 2014

ANOTHER REASON WHY WE SHOULDN'T EXPECT THE 49ERS TO PAY FOR ANY STADIUM RELATED COSTS..............

I SUSPECT WHEN THE TIMES COMES FOR LEVI'S STADIUM RELATED REVENUE SHORTFALLS, THE 49ERS WILL STATE THEY'VE HAD TO OBLIGATE THEMSELVES ELSEWHERE.......................

Hold on: Now Vernon Davis says he’s ‘holding out’

VernonD-378x600Three days after Vernon Davis said he planned to attend this week’s mandatory three-day minicamp, the 49ers tight end penned an article today that suggests he’ll remain absent from the team’s facility because he’s “holding out” for a new contract.
In his role as a guest columnist for The MMQB web site, Davis, who has not attended the team’s voluntary offseason program, opened with a section titled “Why I’m Holding Out.”
“It’s all about getting paid what you deserve,” Davis said. “It’s not that complicated. I want the 49ers to win the Super Bowl, and I want to be on the field this summer working toward that goal, but I have to worry about my future first.”
Davis, who initially played coy in late May about his reasons for not training with the 49ers this spring, eventually acknowledged he had an issue with his contract, which expires after the 2015 season. His $7.35 million average annual salary over the life of his deal ranks third among tight ends behind New England’s Rob Gronkowski ($9 million through 2019) and Dallas’ Jason Witten ($7.4 million through 2017).
Last year, Davis had 52 catches, 850 yards and accounted for 13 of Colin Kaepernick’s 21 touchdown passes. His 13 touchdowns are tied for the third-most by a tight end in NFL history.
“In 2010 I signed a five-year, $37 million contract extension with $23 million guaranteed,” Davis said. “It was the biggest contract for a tight end in league history. Four years later, and I’m playing at a higher level than I was then, which brings me to why I’m holding out.”
On Friday, Davis said he expected to attend the three-day mandatory minicamp, which begins Tuesday.
“I plan on being there,” he said to 95.7 FM The Game.
Davis, who has already forfeited a $200,000 workout bonus, would be fined nearly $70,000 if he doesn’t attend the minicamp.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

HURRAY ! ! ! ! WE WILL GET SOMETHING FROM SUPER BOWL 50 ! !

OF COURSE, IT DOES MENTION MOST OF THE PREGAME FESTIVITIES WILL OCCUR IN SAN FRANCISCO. HOWEVER, IT IS PUZZLING WHY THEY WOULD HAVE TO ADD MORE SECURITY. SUPER BOWL 50 WILL HAPPEN DURING THE DOWN TIME FOR TOURISTS, AND SAN FRANCISCO IS MORE THAN CAPABLE OF HANDLING AN ADDITIONAL 70,000 PEOPLE WHO WILL VISIT THE CITY.


$40 million Super Bowl fund unlikely to benefit S.F.

Updated 3:02 am, Sunday, June 8, 2014
  • Commuters jam the few buses that did run during last week's sickout by Muni drivers, who received little support or sympathy from other unions. Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle
    Commuters jam the few buses that did run during last week's sickout by Muni drivers, who received little support or sympathy from other unions. Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle | Buy this photo

It turns out the biggest slice of the $40 million being privately raised for the local costs of Super Bowl 50 will go into making the 49ers' new stadium ready for the big game - but none will go to cover San Francisco's expenses for playing host to the event.
Readying Levi's Stadium for the February 2016 game will mean adding seats and new turf, plus building a media center and hiring additional staffers, ticket takers and cleanup crews.
Other big game-related costs include throwing a tailgate party for 10,000 fans, building a league hospitality section outside the stadium, and providing hotel rooms, practice fields and transportation for the teams playing.
Part of the $40 million will also go into a weeklong NFL Experience mini-theme park in San Francisco and various events around the Bay Area.
The local host committee has also committed to helping Santa Clara with game-day security - which is going to be very expensive, because authorities figure the Super Bowl is just the type of high-profile event that terrorists might want to target.
And a quarter of whatever is raised will go to local charities.
None of the private money, however, will help pay San Francisco's hosting expenses - which will probably include hefty amounts of police, firefighter and Muni overtime.
City officials have hardly forgotten the millions of dollars they had to shell out to host the America's Cup, and say this time it will be different - although their logic is the same as it was before the big boating race.
That logic: All the parties and events associated with the game will be an economic boon.
"We know how to staff up and redeploy city resources in a very cost-effective manner," said mayoral spokeswoman Christine Falvey.
Let's hope so.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

SO NOW WE UNDERSTAND WHY THE 49ERS WANTED SOMEONE ELSE TO PAY FOR THEIR NEW STADIUM.........................

LIKE IT OR NOT, SANTA CLARA TAXPAYERS WILL HELP PAY FOR COLIN KAEPERNICK'S NEW MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT.



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Colin Kaepernick wanted to be paid like a premier NFL quarterback, and he will be after agreeing to terms of a new contract with the San Francisco 49ers that includes a record $61 million guaranteed.
The offer was so historic, he even signed the contract with a quill.

The 49ers confirmed the news first reported by NFL.com and ESPN.com. NFL.com reported the deal to be for $126 million.

The two sides renewed contract negotiations this week and it took only a day to seal a new deal. To put it in perspective, Tony Romo last year signed a six-year, $108 million extension that was guaranteed $55 million. Joe Flacco was given $50 million guaranteed. Kaepernick's deal blows them away.
Despite still being under investigation for what the Miami (Fla.) Police Department deemed a "suspicious" incident, the Niners moved forward with apparent great confidence in Kaepernick's insistence of innocence.
“I feel very good there’ll be a good resolution,” coach Jim Harbaugh said in April about the investigation, “and hopefully a just one, too. I hate to see his reputation be the victim.”
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Kaepernick had plenty of leverage to demand major money. He has twice been to the NFC Championship game, and once to the Super Bowl. That, for sure, is worth more than the annual $1.28 million salary he is currently paid on his 2011 rookie contract as a second-round, 36th overall pick. His first four-year contract ends after this 2014 season. That contract included a $2.2 million signing bonus and $3.8 million guaranteed.
“Colin’s hard work and dedication have played an integral role in the recent success of the 49ers organization,” said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. “His work ethic, leadership and on-field production have positively influenced our team, and we look forward to his continued growth in all areas.
“Our organization always looks to reward our players for their contributions and commitment to the team. Colin’s agents, Scott Smith and Jason Bernstein, along with Paraag Marathe and Brian Hampton, should be commended for working diligently to reach an agreement.”
All signs now point to a huge payday eventually in store for the Seahawks' Russell Wilson, who led his team to a Super Bowl title. Andrew Luck and Cam Newton will also have big deals coming up.