City Visions: April 2, 2012
Smoother Sailing for the America's Cup
On March, 27, after nearly a year of negotiations, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a revised deal to bring the America’s Cup -- sailing's pre-eminent event -- to San Francisco in fall 2013.
The agreement finalizes the venues for the 34th America's Cup and calls for millions of dollars in pier and waterfront improvements in San Francisco. The event expected to draw more than 1 million spectators.
What was behind the unanimous vote? How will the race benefit the city, and what concerns are still on the table?
Guests in the studio to talk about these issues and more are:
Josh Arce, the executive director of Brightline Defense, a San Francisco public policy nonprofit that works to promote opportunities for disadvantaged communities, focusing particularly on jobs and the environment. Brightline and a coalition of community advocates and labor unions worked with Supervisor John Avalos to develop and win San Francisco's landmark local hiring law that recently celebrated its one year-anniversary, and will apply to construction associated with the upcoming America's Cup.
Kimball Livingston, editor at large for SAIL Magazine, and a blogger at BluePlanetTimes.com. He has been covering the America's Cup since 1980.
Stephanie Lee, reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. She covers land use in San Francisco and the America's Cup.