The Sierra Club is the latest group to appeal the environmental impact report for the 34th America’s Cup yacht race.
Citing a concern that the report does not adequately address sediment and water pollution issues that could arise from dredging parts of the Bay for the 2013 regatta, the group is appealing the Planning Commission’s approval of the document. Read More
An appeal of the America’s Cup environmental impact report was officially filed Monday, according to the Board of Supervisors Clerk’s Office.Four groups actually brought the appeal Friday, the day after the Planning Commission certified the report, but the Clerk’s Office was unable to enter the appeal to the record because the Planning Department had not submitted official documentation of the commission’s decision. Read More
The America’s Cup took a major step forward Thursday night when the environmental impact report was unanimously certified by the Planning Commission.Event planners can now move forward with the permitting process for important construction projects for the 2013 yachting event. Read More
Oops. Apparently it had not occurred to the city and county of San Francisco that the National Park Service might not be enthusiastic about turning over control of Alcatraz Island to the America’s Cup yacht race organizers during peak tourist seasons. Read More
Groups that have raised environmental concerns about the America’s Cup said Wednesday that they intend to slow down the development approval process if the Planning Commission will not do so.The commission is scheduled to vote Friday on the event’s environmental impact report. If it certifies that report, members of the Environmental Council coalition vow to appeal the decision to the Board of Supervisors. Read More
Despite countless outreach meetings held by organizers of the America’s Cup yacht race coming to San Francisco in 2013, some local artists feel left out of the process.A litany of complaints from visual and performance artists dominated a Board of Supervisors committee hearing on Monday. Supervisor Eric Mar noted that despite the event’s $300 million price tag, only $120,000 has been budgeted for arts. Read More
Bay regulators will consider letting organizers of the America’s Cup moor yachts and other fancy boats close to shore during the event, but they want a clear distinction between such temporary accommodations and billionaire Larry Ellison’s future in the Bay.
For a map detailing four open-water basins in S.F. that may be used to moor vessels related to the race, click on the photo to the right. Read More
The primary organizer of the 2013 America’s Cup in San Francisco — a boat race with the oldest active trophy in international sport — is also well-schooled in parks. He is the chairman of the board of the Golden Gate National Park Conservancy and a Recreation and Park Department commissioner.As America’s Cup Organizing Committee chair, what are your responsibilities from now until 2013? Read More
As The City prepares for the 34th America’s Cup yacht race, plans to protect the region from negative impacts fall far short, according to a coalition of environmental groups calling for increased restrictions on the event. Read More
With more than 500,000 spectators expected to converge on San Francisco during peak race days in 2013, the America’s Cup will lead to jammed intersections and BART and Muni lines will not be able to handle the spike in ridership, according to a 1,600-page draft report released Monday on the environmental impact of the event. Read More