We’ve worked very closely with our Board of Supervisors to make the very best deal we could have for our citizenry and for visitors and for the city. It is an international event - Gavin (former Mayor Newsom) had often told us at the dept head meetings that it is several world series events strung together for a period of time. This isn’t just a one-day event. This isn’t happening a year from now, the people involved are beginning to come now, so our restaurants and businesses, the piers, the procurements, what they need to support their staffs, they’re all coming here now - that’s part of the $1.4 billion economic outlook that we had when we made this decision and got this award.
9,000 jobs - that’s a heck of a lot of jobs for San Francisco to host in the coming years and it’s a great, great promise. I am so proud of this city for doing everything it can and for the full Board and Mayor’s office to have united on this front for the year. I am so lucky to be appointed and elected to this office at this time because it is one of my top priorities. I have said that earlier. It is the beginning of the execution of a world-class event. I want you to know that the very first directive that I’ve issued is a format, a way in which we operate to make sure we’re all on the same page. We’re going to get this done. The city will cherish this for years and years to come as we unveil all the things that will happen.
I am putting together a top notch steering committee team to lead this effort which will make sure that we honor all the obligations that the board and the mayor and City have already promised to our citizenry, our businesses as well as the agencies. We have a lot of regulatory and land-use approvals to be done and that office will be leading that effort as well.
Community relations - I said earlier that people in Hong Kong didn’t know what the America’s Cup was all about. People in China Town are still learning what it’s all about and they’re going to get a great dose of my opportunity to explain to all communities what the event is all about and how inclusive it will be and can be. It’s a chance for the Cup to re-brand itself, if you will, to make it even bigger world class event and San Francisco is a perfect place to do that.
Our Port of San Francisco are very geared to balance it all with all the other developments that we have been pushing very hard on at the Port - the Cruise Ship terminal as you’re well aware of - and they’re also be paying a lot of attention to any issues around displacement. If there’s anything that the Port has done, they’ve really communicated really well to their tenants - obviously this will move things around a bit and I’m paying attention to that and am working closely with the Port to fulfill their obligations to that and all tenants throughout the Port.”