City looks east for America’s Cup tips 

click to enlarge For about $5,000, Port Commission President Doreen Woo Ho and Vice President Kimberly Brandon will travel to Newport, R.I., on June 27-30 “to gather some preliminary information and observations to ensure the success of and best practices for the America’s Cup race in San Francisco.” - GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO
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  • For about $5,000, Port Commission President Doreen Woo Ho and Vice President Kimberly Brandon will travel to Newport, R.I., on June 27-30 “to gather some preliminary information and observations to ensure the success of and best practices for the America’s Cup race in San Francisco.”

City officials are looking to poach ideas to plan for the America’s Cup with reconnaissance in cities hosting America’s Cup-related events.

Next up: Rhode Island.

For about $5,000, Port Commission President Doreen Woo Ho and Vice President Kimberly Brandon will travel to Newport, R.I., on June 27-30 “to gather some preliminary information and observations to ensure the success of and best practices for the America’s Cup race in San Francisco,” according to a commission report. The money will come out of the commission’s budget for next fiscal year.   

City officials took a trip to San Diego last fall to observe how the Cup’s World Series races went there.

“Each time the races are held, the host city learns more about the impacts and behaviors of the visitors,” said an email from America’s Cup spokeswoman Jane Sullivan, who is working in The City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development. “Since San Francisco will be hosting these races in 2012 and 2013, it is key that we learn as much as possible so that all our plans [transportation, public safety, marketing and promotions, youth involvement, etc.] deliver a positive experience for residents, local businesses and visitors.”

San Francisco city officials are continuing to hone their plans.

“We will be finalizing all the event details in the next couple of months,” Sullivan said. “Planning is going very well. We are still refining some key transportation plans and are excited about the opportunities to test the plans in August and October of this year, with plenty of time to refine them before the races begin in July 2013.”

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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