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Feinstein bill aims to help keep 49ers in San Francisco
Mercury News ^ | 1/11/07 | Associated Press

Posted on 01/11/2007 10:38:37 AM PST by Battle Hymn of the Republic

WASHINGTON - Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation Thursday that could help keep the 49ers in San Francisco

Earlier this week, the team asked Santa Clara to conduct a six-month study on building a new stadium.

The move is strongly opposed by San Francisco officials and by Feinstein, a San Francisco mayor before she came to the Senate.

"This legislation is designed to slow the movement of NFL teams and prevent communities from suffering the financial and intangible costs of these moves," Feinstein said. "Our football teams are more than just businesses."

Feinstein, a member of the Judiciary Committee, is also working on legislation to give local communities control over their sports teams' names, so the 49ers couldn't remain the 49ers if they moved from San Francisco.

(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: 49ers; feinstein; sanfrancisco
maybe she can sell her new 16M home in Pacific Heights to help pay for them to stay in SF.
1 posted on 01/11/2007 10:38:39 AM PST by Battle Hymn of the Republic
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To: Battle Hymn of the Republic

No taxpayer money should ever be used for sports stadiums.


2 posted on 01/11/2007 10:40:53 AM PST by isthisnickcool (If you can't light a fire in the vacuum of space what's the deal with the Sun?)
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To: Battle Hymn of the Republic

Maybe she confused them with the indigenous, all male,
SF 69ers


3 posted on 01/11/2007 10:41:11 AM PST by Vaquero (Moderate Islam is Radical Islams Trojan horse in the West)
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To: Battle Hymn of the Republic

Guess again. NFL teams are nothing BUT business.

Maybe she would have better luck convincing the Arizona Cardinals to go to SF.

Please?


4 posted on 01/11/2007 10:42:17 AM PST by Popocatapetl
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To: Battle Hymn of the Republic
Good. Sports teams have jumped in bed with government to rob the taxpayers and extort corporate welfare. They deserve every bit of statist legislation that can get passed. As a matter of fact, I propose going a little farther. If a team blackmails a community into building a stadium for them, they aren't allowed to leave for 100 years. If they do, the owner owes the community the entire cost of the stadium plus interest. If they don't like those conditions, they should act like most other businesses and build their own damned golden castles.
5 posted on 01/11/2007 10:44:33 AM PST by mysterio
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To: isthisnickcool
No taxpayer money should ever be used for sports stadiums.

I'd love to see that written into Federal law.

6 posted on 01/11/2007 10:45:23 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Battle Hymn of the Republic
What sports team in their right mind wants the disgrace and embarassment of being associated with "San Francisco"? Seriously.


7 posted on 01/11/2007 10:49:47 AM PST by FormerACLUmember
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To: Battle Hymn of the Republic

Nancy Pelosi's husband ''just happens'' to own a big chunk of land which used to belong to the Federal Government (us taxpayers): Hunters Point Naval Shipyards.

Her protégé, Gavin Newsom, current Mayor of San Francisco, is trying to strike up a deal where the San Francisco 49ers will get that land and stay in the city, rather than moving to Santa Clara and building a new stadium down there.

But there seems to be some problem with the Naval shipyard being a Superfund cleanup site.

Stand by for developments as the blinkless wonder simultaneously cleans up corruption in Congress, and finds a way around this ''Inconvenient Truth.''


8 posted on 01/11/2007 10:53:20 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: isthisnickcool
"No taxpayer money should ever be used for sports stadiums."

I find that to be so short sighted. Why shouldn't cities be allowed to compete with one another for a sports franchise. The winners here are the cities who generate enormous tax revenue as well as less tangible benefits. Why do you think the cities all want a franchise? I find the idea to be a no brainer. If you consider the city an entity or business and the residents the owners I want to do everything in my power to find good long term investments to help the city prosper. Sorry but not every investment turns out golden so you can find a few sad stories, half of them involving the Raiders. Here is actually a way to spend tax dollars in a manner that generates income and wealth for a city and you say no?
9 posted on 01/11/2007 11:01:35 AM PST by Bogeygolfer
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To: Battle Hymn of the Republic

"...maybe she can sell her new 16M home in Pacific Heights to help pay for them to stay in SF."

It is always reassuring to learn that "class envy" is not the sole province of liberals.


10 posted on 01/11/2007 11:02:42 AM PST by truth_seeker
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To: Bogeygolfer
...........so you can find a few sad stories, half of them involving the Raiders.

I challenge you to come up with even one success story, with proof that a new sports team was a net profit for a city/county, when the city/county paid for the facilities.

11 posted on 01/11/2007 11:10:46 AM PST by jimtorr
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To: jimtorr

couldn't do it in five minutes. I am in the process of reconsidering my opinion but that will take some time. Now that it appears tough to justify as an investment I'll have to consider the other issues. I read a nice piece about the Dallas Cowboys and the analysis came down to it costing $25 per tax payer. Not bad.


12 posted on 01/11/2007 11:45:52 AM PST by Bogeygolfer
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To: Bogeygolfer; jimtorr
Sports stadiums do not return money to the taxpayer. They make money for sports franshice owners that are already wealthy. The exception to that is George W. Bush who got rich off the Texas Stadium deal.

Here is just one study on this matter.

You cannot provide any real data that says that the taxpayer gets anything back on their investment. Heck, in most cities the majority of taxpayers never even see the inside of the stadium.

13 posted on 01/11/2007 12:37:31 PM PST by isthisnickcool (If you can't light a fire in the vacuum of space what's the deal with the Sun?)
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To: FormerACLUmember
Unfortunately, that picture is pointing the wrong way...out of San Francisco! Needed to use a shot from Treasure Island looking west. ;)
14 posted on 01/11/2007 12:41:25 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Could this not be an entrance ramp on the Marin side looking south? (actually I suspect you are right.. there would not be headlands to the east in the distance looking south)


15 posted on 01/11/2007 1:02:46 PM PST by FormerACLUmember
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To: FormerACLUmember
No, this is in San Francisco looking east toward the Bay Bridge and Yerba Buena Island in the distance - though I think the trees might have been Photoshopped in.

Of course, that's Oakland in the far distance, so the intent of the creator is still valid. ;)

16 posted on 01/11/2007 1:14:38 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: Bogeygolfer
--I find the idea to be a no brainer. If you consider the city an entity or business and the residents the owners--

--next "city" live in I'll try and cash out my ownership position and take it with me---

17 posted on 01/11/2007 2:02:42 PM PST by rellimpank (-don't believe anything the MSM states about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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To: Bogeygolfer
Bingo! You are right. That is why Washington D.C. attracted Montreal Expos to move to the Nation's Capital by building a new stadium. I would say this is similiar to New York City having Central Park, residents of a major city needs to have parks, stadiums, restaurants, etc to prevent them from moving to the Suburbs which would cause a great loss in tax base for the city.

So building a sports stadium is a great investment.

18 posted on 01/11/2007 2:09:17 PM PST by MinorityRepublican (Everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL)
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To: Battle Hymn of the Republic

San Franciscans (the ones who oppose them moving) should stop being so greedy. The Bay Area for a long time already has stopped being a region centered on San Francisco.


19 posted on 01/11/2007 2:46:57 PM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( WND, NewsMax, Townhall.com, Brietbart.com, and Drudge Report are not valid news sources.)
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To: Vaquero

Feinstein is indigenous to San Francisco.


20 posted on 01/11/2007 2:48:10 PM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( WND, NewsMax, Townhall.com, Brietbart.com, and Drudge Report are not valid news sources.)
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To: FormerACLUmember

Some people are proud of their city, even if others look down on it. Personally find Appalachians who are embarrassed by their native region disgusting.


21 posted on 01/11/2007 2:50:37 PM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( WND, NewsMax, Townhall.com, Brietbart.com, and Drudge Report are not valid news sources.)
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To: george76

Wow. Thanks for the information, george76.


22 posted on 01/11/2007 2:51:01 PM PST by onyx (DONATE NOW! -- It takes DONATIONS to keep FR running!!)
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To: Mr. Jeeves; FormerACLUmember

It isn't as though the picture is all that accurate anyway (no rounded edges and white trim--and no Spanish).


23 posted on 01/11/2007 2:53:04 PM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( WND, NewsMax, Townhall.com, Brietbart.com, and Drudge Report are not valid news sources.)
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