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Feinstein to co-captain team pushing to keep 49ers in S.F.
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/18/7 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross

Posted on 11/18/2007 1:09:59 PM PST by SmithL

Sen. Dianne Feinstein has signed on to lead next June's ballot campaign aimed at revitalizing Candlestick Point and keeping the 49ers in San Francisco.

Joining Feinstein as co-chairs of the campaign: former Mayor Willie Brown and Hunters Point-area Supervisor Sophie Maxwell.

Word that DiFi will suit up comes a few weeks after Mayor Gavin Newsom tapped former 49ers executive Carmen Policy to act as civic go-between with the team and the National Football League.

The 49ers are still intent on moving to Santa Clara, despite objections of Cedar Fair, the company that runs Great America and whose parking lot the team has been eyeing for its stadium.

In the meantime, San Francisco officials are rolling ahead with a ballot measure asking voters to approve a mixed-use development at Candlestick Point, along with the possibility of a new stadium at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard.

Feinstein is partial to keeping the team in San Francisco and says she has good reason - even if she does represent the entire state.

"I'm a lifelong San Franciscan, a former mayor, a former supervisor," she said. "I think people understand that."

Besides, she says, Bayview-Hunters Point "is one area of the city I care deeply about."

The NFL is also getting involved in San Francisco's effort. The league hired Icon Venue Group, a sports and entertainment development firm that helped build Denver's new Invesco Field football stadium, to work on San Francisco's project. (The company, by the way, is partly owned by San Francisco Examiner owner Philip Anschutz.)

The idea is to keep the momentum going in San Francisco, while freeing the Niners to keep pursuing and remain publicly committed to a Santa Clara move.

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


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: 110th; 49ers; anschutz; baghdadbythebay; feinstein; nfl; sanfrancisco; santaclara
She thinks she's still San Francisco's mayor instead of being a Senator for the whole state.
1 posted on 11/18/2007 1:10:02 PM PST by SmithL
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To: scott says

This is more about San Francisco politics than the 49ers, but it is NFL related.


2 posted on 11/18/2007 1:12:15 PM PST by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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To: SmithL

She may as well be doing that, at least she will be doing SOMETHING while getting paid by the tax payers.


3 posted on 11/18/2007 1:13:18 PM PST by chiefqc
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To: SmithL
She thinks she's still San Francisco's mayor instead of being a Senator for the whole state.

Exactly. Last time I checked, Senator Feinstein is supposed to be representing the citizens of Santa Clara, the team's new proposed home, as well as the citizens of San Francisco. Her support of one side in this matter is unseemly and inappropriate.
4 posted on 11/18/2007 1:14:02 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: SmithL
She thinks she's still San Francisco's mayor instead of being a Senator for the whole state.

Exactly. If she were trying to keep the team from moving to another state, that'd be one thing. But DiFi has no business meddling in a squabble between two cities in her state. I've always thought that she was one of the most overrated politicians. She says and does a lot of really stupid things, but the media rarely points them out.
5 posted on 11/18/2007 1:19:52 PM PST by irishjuggler
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

How far is Santa Clara from San Francisco? Is it that far a move?


6 posted on 11/18/2007 1:21:31 PM PST by MovementConservative (Terminate the Duke 88)
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To: SmithL

Interesting how liberals want to hop on board once the money ship’s about to sail.


7 posted on 11/18/2007 1:23:16 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: MovementConservative

About 50 miles.


8 posted on 11/18/2007 1:23:30 PM PST by irishjuggler
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To: MovementConservative
How far is Santa Clara from San Francisco? Is it that far a move?

About 35 miles straight down the freeway (plus on and off). The total's around 40 miles.

9 posted on 11/18/2007 1:28:17 PM PST by Bob
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To: Bob

Hmmm, it’s not that far from SF. I wonder if they’d still call themselves the SF 49ers


10 posted on 11/18/2007 1:36:00 PM PST by boop (Who doesn't love poison pot pies?)
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To: SmithL

San Francisco needs all the tight ends they can get/keep.


11 posted on 11/18/2007 1:37:36 PM PST by jslade (The only thing you should FEEL when shooting insurgents is the rifle recoil.)
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To: MovementConservative
How far is Santa Clara from San Francisco? Is it that far a move?

About 50 miles. Not far geographically, but most 49ers season ticket holders live south of San Francisco - Santa Clara would serve them better. Plus the weather in Santa Clara is 100% better than the windy, cold, soggy mess that is Candlestick Point. San Francisco's latest proposal involves an alternative site contaminated with toxic waste.
12 posted on 11/18/2007 1:38:57 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: SmithL
Yet another example of why I get so irritated with professional sports - you have to bribe them to keep them in your city - using what amounts to more taxpayer money for the bazillion dollar stadiums....

Someone care to share with me what is wrong with the 49ers' current home?

But I will say that Santa Clara is home to another championship organization...

The Santa Clara Vanguard

13 posted on 11/18/2007 1:39:31 PM PST by TheBattman (Duncan Hunter '08)
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To: boop
They probably could. Their headquarters and practice facility have been in Santa Clara for many years - next to the proposed stadium site. I drive by the location often and can't imagine how they could fit a stadium and parking in that space.

Aerial of 49'ers headquarters and training facility - proposed stadium location is across the street:

http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&cp=q70f0y4v2fvv&style=o&lvl=1&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&scene=5862651&encType=1

14 posted on 11/18/2007 1:46:18 PM PST by Sunnyvale CA Eng.
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To: boop
Hmmm, it’s not that far from SF. I wonder if they’d still call themselves the SF 49ers

Since neither the NY Giants nor the NY Jets play within the state of New York, I don't see why they wouldn't. :=)

15 posted on 11/18/2007 1:52:38 PM PST by Bob
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To: Bob

during rush hour from downtown SF to SC it’s easily an hour.


16 posted on 11/18/2007 1:54:10 PM PST by HotTubDave
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To: SmithL
Feinstein to co-captain team pushing to keep 49ers in S.F.

WHY?

17 posted on 11/18/2007 2:00:48 PM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: SmithL

San Fransicko cannot handle a sport with war strategy. Let it go.


18 posted on 11/18/2007 2:03:14 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: TheBattman
Not this year

Concord Blue Devils

; )

19 posted on 11/18/2007 2:14:27 PM PST by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
is unseemly and inappropriate

Feinswine unseemly?

Naaaa.....


20 posted on 11/18/2007 2:19:24 PM PST by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: MovementConservative
Santa Clara is about 40 miles from SF. The fans would still come - assuming the 49ers could find a head coach, a quarterback, a defensive line and maybe no owner named Eddie.
21 posted on 11/18/2007 2:54:26 PM PST by InABunkerUnderSF ("Gun Control" is not about the guns. "Illegal Immigration" is not about the immigration)
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To: InABunkerUnderSF

Sorry - “an owner named Eddie.”


22 posted on 11/18/2007 2:56:29 PM PST by InABunkerUnderSF ("Gun Control" is not about the guns. "Illegal Immigration" is not about the immigration)
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To: boop
They can call themselves "the San Francisco '49ers of Santa Clara."

Santa Clara has the Old Mission Santa Clara (I think the current building may be a reconstruction), which has the grave of Peter Hardeman Burnett, the first American governor of California. Burnett was a Tennessean by birth who was living in Oregon Territory when news came of the discovery of gold. He and all the other white males in Oregon rushed down to California, ahead of the crowd. I guess they were '48ers rather than '49ers. Burnett was buried there because he converted to Catholicism. He left some interesting memoirs.

23 posted on 11/18/2007 3:47:19 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: SmithL

Who cares. My Patriots have the 49ers 1st draft pick next year, and from the looks of the once great franchise’s record, it could be a top 4 pick. Knowing Belichik, he’ll probably trade down to #9. Thanks, anyway.


24 posted on 11/18/2007 5:36:37 PM PST by paul in cape
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To: SmithL
Now, there's an appropriate activity for a busy Senator.


25 posted on 11/18/2007 5:38:27 PM PST by bannie
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To: SmithL

The Niners have got to move. A mysterious white substance was discovered at Candlestick. Niners players and staff were unable to identify the substance and subsequently abandoned the field.

Hazmat teams, in full protective clothing later identified the substance — The Goal Line.


26 posted on 11/18/2007 5:58:08 PM PST by Diver Dave
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To: Bob
"Since neither the NY Giants nor the NY Jets play within the state of New York, I don't see why they wouldn't. :=)"

Good point. Although I wonder if they'd get more interest if one of the teams changed its name to say the New Jersey Jets. It such a populous state to not have its "own" NFL team. When I was a kid I thought it odd that a whole region had a team, the New England Patriots.

27 posted on 11/18/2007 7:39:09 PM PST by boop (Who doesn't love poison pot pies?)
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To: All
For awhile the Los Angeles Rams were based in Anaheim. I always thought that "Anaheim Rams" sounded like an instrument a proctologist would use...

That being said, Feinstein's an idiot.

28 posted on 11/18/2007 9:28:28 PM PST by Othniel (Mohammad: False Prophet and Smeghead Deluxe....)
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