In a city with skyrocketing rents, rent-control laws, and strong tenant advocacy, it was just a matter of time before corporate “hotelization” became a target of the Board of Supervisors. Read More
City agencies are looking into the hiring and payment practices of an America’s Cup event production contractor previously caught letting its roving workforce be paid less than San Francisco’s minimum wage.
The inquiries were prompted by complaints from local unions crying foul about compliance with the terms of last winter’s assiduously discussed labor agreement between City Hall and organizers of the sailing regatta. Read More
Any weekend boasting a Giants playoff matchup at AT&T Park and a 49ers home game could be considered epic by San Francisco standards. But for the first weekend of October, those contests might actually be considered the underdogs.
An unprecedented confluence of major events is expected to bring more than 1 million spectators to San Francisco from Oct. 5 to Oct. 7, forcing The City’s already overstretched transit system to devise a game plan to manage the crowds. Read More
A new restaurant could be in place on Marina Green in time for the 2013 America’s Cup races if the plans are approved in time.
The Recreation and Park Department has forwarded a lease agreement for a 720-square-foot former Navy building on the waterfront to the Board of Supervisors for final approval. The proposal is for a 10-year lease with Woodhouse Fish Co., a family-owned company that has two locations in The City. Read More
Water taxis could be offering rides along the San Francisco waterfront this week after receiving approval from the Port Commission on Tuesday for a five-year contract serving landing spots in The City. Read More
Cyclists will have a lot more room to maneuver on The Embarcadero for America’s Cup events next month.A long segment of the lane closest to the waterfront will be set aside solely for bikes during the weekend of Oct. 6 and 7, the date set for the next round of preliminary races in the sailing regatta. Read More
Since 1851, the holder of the America’s Cup trophy has lost only four times. The structure of the race requires challengers to compete against each other to determine who will go head to head with the champion. While teams exhaust themselves vying for a chance to race the incumbent, the team with the trophy need only worry about the final race. Read More
Although thousands of tourists from around the globe were expected to attend The City’s first America’s Cup World Series regatta, Day 1 of the races didn’t appear to attract as many visitors as anticipated.
Organizers had predicted that the 34th America’s Cup would have a $1 billion economic impact from out-of-town visitors, but few of Wednesday’s audience members seemed to have traveled very far to watch the event. Read More
The America’s Cup World Series practice races went uninterrupted Tuesday despite the inexplicable actions of a fully clothed man who jumped off a pier at Fort Mason and swam toward an area where sailors were working out.
The man, who was not identified by police, jumped into the Bay about 3:30 p.m. After the Coast Guard pulled him from the frigid waters, he became combative, police Sgt. Daniel Greely said. Coast Guard officials restrained him before turning him over to police. Read More
In less than three weeks, the first events of the America’s Cup will be coming to the San Francisco Bay, and organizers are working to make the World Series regatta event inviting to all.
Tom Ehman, vice commodore for the Golden Gate Yacht Club, said the boats will sail so close to shore, it will appear as if spectators can reach out and touch them.
“It will be something the sailing world has not seen before,” Ehman said. Read More