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Feinstein, York at lunch: Main course, 49ers plan to move
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/29/7 | Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross

Posted on 08/29/2007 8:42:43 AM PDT by SmithL

The temperature could get a little warm at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce's annual 49ers booster luncheon today, as Sen. Dianne Feinstein takes the stage with a call for team owners John and Denise York to keep the Niners in the city.

Feinstein, a big Niners fan and equally big critic of the Yorks' proposed move to Santa Clara, tells us she plans to use the event at the Hyatt Regency to urge the 49er Faithful to break their silence, "rally forth and convince Mr. York that San Francisco is the place to be."

"I feel strongly that the 49ers are a San Francisco team and should remain a San Francisco team," Feinstein said. "That's what the 49er legend is all about."

No doubt, plenty of 49ers will be on hand to hear the message - everyone from John York to coach Mike Nolan and even the Gold Rush cheerleading squad is scheduled to welcome an expected 800 guests.

Feinstein hasn't exactly made a secret of her opposition to the Santa Clara idea - she's even sponsored legislation that would give NFL owners the right to block the move - but today's talk will be the first time the senator has publicly thrown down the pom-poms on behalf of San Francisco's stadium effort in York's presence.

Feinstein's message is expected to be echoed by Mayor Gavin Newsom, who will tell the chamber's corporate sponsors that they need to be "engaged" if they want to keep the team from moving down the Peninsula.

Be that as it may, Niners spokeswoman Lisa Lang says the team has no plans to pull back from Santa Clara as the top choice for the stadium that the Yorks hope to open for the 2012 season. San Francisco remains the team's second choice.

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


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: 49ers; difi; feinstein; yourtaxdollarsatwork

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is a critic of the plan by 49ers owner John York to move the team to Santa Clara.


1 posted on 08/29/2007 8:42:46 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: scott says

Your tax dollars at work (and play)


2 posted on 08/29/2007 8:43:27 AM PDT by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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To: SmithL

Feinstein always looks like she just finished her 4th Vodka and tonic of the day.


3 posted on 08/29/2007 8:48:01 AM PDT by joebuck
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To: SmithL; 4everontheRight; ABG(anybody but Gore); Abbeville Conservative; admiralsn; akorahil; ...

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4 posted on 08/29/2007 8:49:00 AM PDT by scott says
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To: joebuck

‘Feinstein always looks like she just finished her 4th Vodka and tonic of the day.’

The reason is because she most likely has....


5 posted on 08/29/2007 8:50:10 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: SmithL
Hmm Maybe DiFi can get the city to rebuild Kesar Stadium.

Fact is there is no where left in SF to build a stadium and Candlestick is falling apart.

I guess they could pull a Seahawks -- raze the Stick and build a new stadium on the same spot while the niners play a couple seasons at Stanford.

Although I have noticed that Nobody has mentioned that Candlestick Park is NOT in SF anyway. It is well south of the city, albiet nowhere near as far as Santa Clara is.

6 posted on 08/29/2007 8:50:20 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to protect it.)
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To: SmithL
Keep 'em in Frisco.

I just can't imagine the "Santa Clara 49'ers." I mean, Santa Clara is a sweet, quiet city name and 49'ers brings to mind tough, muddy real men gold miners. (I feel like I'm making a George Carlin rant.)

I doubt there is a rough and tumble football team name that could go with "Santa Clara."

7 posted on 08/29/2007 8:51:14 AM PDT by 3catsanadog (Vote for the person at the primaries; vote for the party at the election.)
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How about -

Keep the Niners
Move DiFi?

8 posted on 08/29/2007 8:55:33 AM PDT by llevrok (Feral republican.)
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To: SmithL

Anytime a professional team want the tax payers (their fans) to do more than fill the stadium, it’s time to let them leave.


9 posted on 08/29/2007 8:57:10 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: 3catsanadog

I am sure that Di-Fi is a HUGE fan. I am sure she is as big a fan of the Niners as John Kerry is of the Green Bay Packers.

The city would demand that the new stadium have only meatless hotdogs and beer brewed by the indiginous peoples of the Andes. Homeless cots would be available for all home games along with people of color getting all the lower seats. Corporate Fat Cats and “Mr. Charlie” would be forced into the upper decks so he can “feel what its like to be oppressed”.
Other than those demands, they can build any kind of stadium they want! Oh yea, no animals can be harmed in its building and no teams with mascots that cause “an uncomfortble feeling” will be allowed”.


11 posted on 08/29/2007 8:59:00 AM PDT by Holicheese (1-21-09 Hillary starts to destroy America!)
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To: 3catsanadog
“Santa Clara is a sweet, quiet city name and 49’ers brings to mind tough, muddy real men gold miners.”

To me, the 49’s conjures up thoughts of San Francisco...a mostly deranged freak show composed of the left of the left who hate America first.

12 posted on 08/29/2007 8:59:51 AM PDT by AlphaOneAlpha
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To: 3catsanadog

Just because they move doesn’t mean the name will change. There’s plenty of teams, especially football teams with their larger stadiums, that don’t actually play in the city of their name. Heck the New York football teams don’t even play in the same STATE as their name.


13 posted on 08/29/2007 9:02:08 AM PDT by discostu (indecision may or may not be my biggest problem)
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To: SmithL
"I feel strongly that the 49ers are a San Francisco team and should remain a San Francisco team," Feinstein said. "That's what the 49er legend is all about."

That's nice Senator - now tell me why your opinion, as a US Senator, matters a hill of beans as to where I move MY TEAM, MY PRIVATE ENTERPRISE? I feel strongly that this is none of the federal government's business!

14 posted on 08/29/2007 9:05:24 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: 3catsanadog

When I think of San Francisco 49’ers, I get sick, all the liberal law breakers, illegal gay marriages, cocaine snorting mayor, not to mention he is an adulterer. I think they should move.


15 posted on 08/29/2007 9:09:42 AM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: discostu
There’s plenty of teams, especially football teams with their larger stadiums, that don’t actually play in the city of their name.

When the LA Rams left the Colisseum to move to Anaheim, they were still the LA Rams.

The NY Jets and NY Giants play in East Rutherford, NJ.

Cowboys Stadium is in Irving Texas.

And I think the Oakland Raiders play out of a moving van!

16 posted on 08/29/2007 9:09:48 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Dixie Yooper

Do you remember the nightmare that Spanos (and the politicians of San Diego) visited on the taxpayers of “America’s Finest City” when the Chargers couldn’t fill the seats. We were stationed in Oceanside at the time, and OMG, if I had been a California resident at that point, I think I may have actually hurt someone. And I believe, IMO of course, that it had all come about because what Spanos really wanted was to move the team.


17 posted on 08/29/2007 9:11:26 AM PDT by USMCWife6869 (Godspeed Sand Sharks.)
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To: AlphaOneAlpha
To me, the 49’s conjures up thoughts of San Francisco...a mostly deranged freak show composed of the left of the left who hate America first.

Five Super Bowls, baby. Eat your heart out. ;)

18 posted on 08/29/2007 9:12:47 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("Wise men don't need to debate; men who need to debate are not wise." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: Mr. Jeeves; AlphaOneAlpha
To me, the 49’s conjures up thoughts of San Francisco...a mostly deranged freak show composed of the left of the left who hate America first.

The 49 ers make me think of just one thing...

Joe Cool

19 posted on 08/29/2007 9:20:23 AM PDT by akorahil (Thank You and God bless all Veterans. Truly, the real heroes.)
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To: Rummyfan

The Miami Dolphins (and starting next year the Miami Hurricanes) play in Dolphin Stadium, which is just inside Dade County from Broward County.


20 posted on 08/29/2007 9:22:22 AM PDT by bobjam
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To: SmithL

No tax dollars for billionaire sports teams.


21 posted on 08/29/2007 9:23:47 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: SmithL

“rally forth’

I see Dianne still has the patrician’s touch.


22 posted on 08/29/2007 9:26:39 AM PDT by gcruse (...now I have to feed the dog as if nothing has happened.)
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To: SmithL
Feinstein continues to act in the interests of San Francisco over the interests of the remainder of the state (in addition to her other hand-in-the-cookie-jar problems) whom she suposedly represents as a US Senator. She cheated Silicon Valley out of a MLB team when she declared that the entire Silicon Valley was Giants territory, thus prohibiting the Oakland A's from moving there. Now she is attempting to do the same with 49ers.

The bottom line is that the cities in the Silicon Valley have a larger population, higher per capita income, larger population of Fortune 1000 companies, better transportation, better weather, and fewer freaks. They also have the San Jose Sharks, the Oakland A's (8 miles away in nearby Fremont) and soon the 49ers. San Francisco has Code Pink and a diminishing tax base. We obviously don't send the best and brightest to Washington DC.

23 posted on 08/29/2007 9:28:51 AM PDT by Natural Law
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To: Rummyfan

The Washington Redskins play in Landover, Maryland.


24 posted on 08/29/2007 9:32:49 AM PDT by kabar
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To: ThisLittleLightofMine
"When I think of San Francisco 49ers, I get sick, all the liberal law breakers, illegal gay marriages, cocaine snorting mayor, not to mention he is an adulterer. I think they should move."

Is this the real reason they are moving out or is it something else altogether?
25 posted on 08/29/2007 9:32:58 AM PDT by FortWorthPatriot
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To: SmithL
It might be easier to recruit if they claim Santa Clara or even Petaluma.

Having to represent San Francisco AND wear stretch pants would be pretty traumatic.

26 posted on 08/29/2007 9:42:49 AM PDT by norton
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To: FortWorthPatriot; Natural Law

Natural Law got it exactly right in post #23. Silicon Valley is the new center of commercial gravity for the Bay Area - San Francisco is declining as a coprorate center and becoming more of a rich enclave and tourist trap. Any team wanting to sell lots of luxury boxes for big bucks would prefer Santa Clara.


27 posted on 08/29/2007 9:48:07 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("Wise men don't need to debate; men who need to debate are not wise." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: SmithL; All
www.dumpyork.com

28 posted on 08/29/2007 9:49:50 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SmithL
The 'Niners had best be careful.

Fine Swine just might go Postal.

29 posted on 08/29/2007 9:51:24 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: SmithL
Feinstein, a big Niners fan and equally big critic of the Yorks' proposed move to Santa Clara, tells us she plans to use the event at the Hyatt Regency to urge the 49er Faithful to break their silence, "rally forth and convince Mr. York that San Francisco is the place to be."

Senator Feinstein needs to remember that she represents all of California, not just San Francisco. Most 49ers season ticket holders don't live in San Francisco - they live on the Peninsula or in the South Bay. Santa Clara is ideal, and any new stadium anywhere in the Bay Area would be a vast improvement over Candlestick, which has to be the worst stadium in all of US professional sports.
30 posted on 08/29/2007 10:18:27 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: 3catsanadog
But you can imagine them in the city of queers, cross dressers and perverts??? If you want to get technical, they should move to Sacramento where gold was discovered and the name forty niner came from.
31 posted on 08/29/2007 10:27:36 AM PDT by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: joebuck

LOL she does.


32 posted on 08/29/2007 10:42:03 PM PDT by Brandie (Duncan Hunter in 08')
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