Wet weather postponed “emergency” repairs to Coit Tower’s leaky roof throughout the winter, while a long-awaited $1.5 million rehabilitation of the entire deteriorating San Francisco landmark has been delayed until after the annual crowds of tourists go home in October. Read More
The number of concerts planned for the America’s Cup Pavilion on the northern waterfront is being scaled back ahead of a hearing for the venue permit at the Entertainment Commission on Tuesday.
Instead of as many as 40 concerts between May 31 and Oct. 15, there will be up to 30, according to pavilion organizers and neighbors. Read More
A political skirmish has broken out over The City’s costs from the America’s Cup following the emergence this week of new projections regarding fundraising and economic benefits.
Private fundraising was supposed to cover The City’s costs of hosting the regatta, but the money from private donors is still short of the goal. That makes it appear likely that San Francisco will have to cover at least part of the tab. Read More
The projected economic benefits of hosting the America’s Cup sailing race now appear to be significantly lower than promoters once touted when the notion of The City hosting the regatta first surfaced.
Back in 2010, as one of the regatta’s selling points, race supporters cited a report that projected economic benefits as high as $1.4 billion. Tuesday, Mayor Ed Lee said the latest projected benefits, which are detailed in a yet-to-be published report, now hover around $780 million. Read More
In order to cover San Francisco’s bill for hosting the America’s Cup, well-heeled donors may be able to affix their names to Port of San Francisco properties used during the race in exchange for a contribution, Mayor Ed Lee said Tuesday. Read More
News that The City could be left holding the bag for millions the America’s Cup Organizing Committee has failed to provide is the exact scenario warned of by prudent city officials not cheerleading for the regatta. And it could cost a bit more than the figures reported over the weekend. Read More
One of the biggest concert venues in San Francisco will temporarily occupy space on The Embarcadero this summer, a late addition to plans surrounding The City’s hosting of the America’s Cup. Read More
San Francisco is kicking off the year on strong economic footing with employment outpacing much of the nation and the lowest projected municipal budget shortfall in five years. The America’s Cup, the opening of the new waterfront location for the Exploratorium, and several other events and developments will further boost the local economy as the year progresses. Read More
As a small Massachusetts town became the first U.S. community to ban the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles Tuesday, even eliminating such packaging from large events continues to elude San Francisco despite years of discussion.
While The City hasn’t been shy about taking on plastic bags or plastic foam food containers, water bottles have thus far managed to avoid its ever-growing ban list. Read More
The long-awaited plan to transform a section of Jefferson Street into a pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare is expected to begin next month. Read More