Thursday, October 13, 2011

Raiders rumored to be heading to Los Angeles, or sharing stadium with 49ers

Raiders like the niners may be moving soon....either to LA or to share a stadium with the niner....
Huge moves coming to BAY AREA FOOTBALL TEAMS! Looks like the Raiders may be doing a
San Francisco Relocation shortly.....Bad news for the East Bay who has been home to the raiders since they moved back here from LA.....
GL silver and black

By Angela Woodall and Lisa Fernandez
Bay Area News Group
Posted: 10/11/2011 10:59:28 AM PDT
Updated: 10/11/2011 10:30:02 PM PDT

Oct 11:
Mark Purdy: Laying down odds on where Oakland Raiders will be playing in 2020
High school football: Al Davis was consistent supporter of Oakland sports programs
Live chat: Inside the Oakland Raiders, Tuesday, noon
Oct 10:
Oakland Raiders notebook: Plan for football operations in the post-Al Davis era remains unclear
Monte Poole: Hue Jackson seems clear choice to take over Oakland Raiders football operations
John Madden: Al Davis was a friend till the end
The death of Raiders owner Al Davis has renewed speculation about the team's future home. Controlling interest in the Raiders is expected to go to Davis' son, Mark, opening the door to changes in the NFL's stadium construction and franchise relocation plans.
Rumors that the team might move to Los Angeles began circulating immediately after fans learned Davis had died Saturday morning. Several months before, he spurned suitors trying to lure a team to Los Angeles despite the offer of a new stadium. He reportedly turned down the offer because the developers wanted a stake in the Raiders. The question now is whether Mark Davis will keep the team in the family or sell it.
Mark Davis did not comment on his intentions.
But even if the team opts to stay in the Bay Area, Al Davis' death could also increase the chances of sharing a two-team stadium in Santa Clara with the San Francisco 49ers.
A Raiders-49ers stadium option has been on the table for several years without any concrete movement by either team. Davis was known for his ironclad grip on the Raiders and the idea that he would be willing to relinquish any of that control made a two-team stadium seem like a remote possibility. But he also wanted a new stadium.
Raiders CEO Amy Trask said repeatedly that the Raiders were keeping an open mind about sharing a facility in Santa Clara or in Oakland.
Asked about the new round of speculation, Trask said, "I am working with our team,

our organization and the Raider family to navigate a very difficult time."
The Raiders contract with the Coliseum in Oakland expires after the 2013 season.
The Raiders have been meeting with the Coliseum Joint Powers Authority, which governs the coliseum complex, to discuss the team's future in Oakland, according to Commissioner Ignacio De La Fuente.
"Everything is on the table," he said Tuesday afternoon by telephone.
That could entail a year-to-year contract extension, or a long-term agreement -- with or without a new stadium in Oakland.
But no decisions have been made, several commissioners said Tuesday.
The Anschutz Entertainment Group, which is proposing to build a 72,000-seat football stadium next the Los Angeles Convention Center, expects to have the stadium built in time for the 2016 season. A site in the City of Industry is also on the table.
Meanwhile, what the 49ers management is thinking is being kept under wraps. Team spokesman Steve Weakland said in an email: "Out of respect to the Davis family and the Raider organization, we have no public comments at this time."
Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews doesn't see Davis' death changing anything regarding any immediate or sure-thing changes to where the Raiders will choose to locate.
"We've had no discussions with the Raiders," Matthews said. "And we're focusing on creating a landmark building for our primary tenant, the 49ers."
Santa Clara City Councilwoman Lisa Gillmor, however, was much more eager about having Oakland's Black Hole partner up in the South Bay.
"I would like to think that this improves the odds of the Raiders making a change to Santa Clara," Gillmor said. "Our citizens voted to have a second team. And now is the time. We can't wait much longer. If they are interested, they need to let us know."
The majority of Santa Clara voters did vote in June 2010 to allow for two teams to play at a $987 million stadium in their city, and by doing so, the additional team would accelerate the payment on the $40 million the city of Santa Clara put into the deal. A second team also would increase the rent paid on the land under the stadium that Santa Clara will own.
The vote, however, never specified the Raiders, though that is one of the most likely scenarios since the Oakland football team plays in an old stadium and is so physically close to Santa Clara.
Both Matthews and Gillmor said any second team would be welcome because of the finances. "It would be economic vitality times two," Gillmor said.
She also noted that having the Raiders play in Santa Clara could pose a security issue because of the reputation of a small pocket of Raider Nation fans.
But she said similar security challenges could be true for adding any other second team.

Monday, October 10, 2011

US Solar-Power Developer SunEdison Moves To California From Maryland

This is certainly a win for San Francisco and adds more fuel to the fire for San Francisco Relocation....As i said in my last few posts.....looks like companies are moving back SF and the peninsula...this company is moving to Belmont which is near the San Francisco International Airport. Another big win for Bay Area Relocation...

By Cassandra Sweet

SAN FRANCISCO (Dow Jones)--MEMC Electronic Materials Inc.'s (WFR) solar-power development unit SunEdison moved its headquarters to the San Francisco area from Maryland to be closer to the one of the world's fastest-growing solar markets, the company said Monday.

"We do think that California is the epicenter for solar," SunEdison President Carlos Domenech said in an interview.

California is on track to add about 6,000 megawatts of solar power over the next few years and SunEdison aims to snag a good-size piece of that, Domenech said.

SunEdison, which builds, owns and operates solar-power plants and rooftop generators using solar panels, does about half its business in the U.S. and Canada, and the rest in Europe and other regions, Domenech said. The group uses panels made by its parent company and also buys panels from other manufacturers for its projects.

SunEdison moved its headquarters from Beltsville, Md., to Belmont, Calif., a suburb of San Francisco. MEMC, which makes silicon wafers for the semiconductor and solar industries, is headquartered in St. Peters, Mo.

California Gov. Jerry Brown, who attended the opening of SunEdison's new headquarters, praised the company's move.

"California is open for business, we're the innovative state and we're going to invest in solar and make California not only the national leader, which it already is, we're going to make it the world leader, and we're going to do that with a company like this," Brown said.

In September, SunEdison bought San Francisco-based solar-farm developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures Inc. for $112 million, plus repayment of $19 million of debt. That purchase added 1,400 megawatts of solar farms to SunEdison's project pipeline.

Shares of MEMC closed 2.5% higher Monday at $5.75.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

49ers Looking at Santa Clara relocation!!

I am happy to say that the 49ers are looking at a Silicon Valley Relocation as work
begins on their new site!! It should be a boon for the local economy and a hurt to SSF.
It is a huge new development for the SOUTH BAY!! All realtors/retail shop owners and homeowners should be happy as we finally will get out own football team and San Franciscans will now have to commute to our town to see the niners!

49ers starting work at Santa Clara stadium site
By: Sarah Gantz | 10/07/11 1:11 PM
Examiner Staff Writer

The San Francisco 49ers are starting work at the new Santa Clara stadium site. (AP file photo)
The San Francisco 49ers are starting work at the new Santa Clara stadium site.

The team announced Thursday that preliminary construction for the new stadium could begin this spring. Projects would include utility relocation, bridge construction and a new pump station.

A $1 billion, 68,500-seat stadium is planned for Santa Clara, near the Great America Amusement Park.

The preliminary projects are expected to take about three years to complete.

Construction managers Turner/Devcon Joint Venture have begun vetting subcontractors for the stadium construction and filed an official notice Wednesday in the Santa Clara Weekly.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

MTC reiterates desire to move to San Francisco

Looks like the Metropolitan Transportation Commission will be performing a San Francisco relocation using toll monies from the BAY AREA.....SF is becoming a boom town of sorts with an influx of companies recently.....After the dotcom bomb companies movied out but that trend has been reversing itself the last year or 2.....
congrats SF!!!
By: Will Reisman | 09/24/11 3:00 PM
Examiner Staff Writer

Skipping town: The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Bay Area’s lead transportation agency, wants to move its headquarters from Oakland to a spot at 390 Main St. in San Francisco. (Examiner file photo)
Despite outcry from East Bay lawmakers, the Bay Area’s lead transportation agency has recommended moving forward with a $179 million plan to use toll money to relocate its headquarters from Oakland to San Francisco.

Critics of the plan have said the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which guides policy for region’s host of transit agencies, should not use toll money to purchase the new headquarters, at 390 Main St. in San Francisco. The relocation plan drew particular heat since the MTC’s proposed bid for the building — $105 million before renovation costs — was nearly twice as much as the $60 million that the U.S. Postal Service sold the property in 2009.

East Bay officials in particular criticized the proposal, saying the MTC should pursue new headquarters in its longtime Oakland home. Disabled activists also said the new location was too far from local transit options. In response to these criticisms, the MTC rescinded an earlier approval of the relocation plan, in favor of forming an ad-hoc committee to explore its other options.

Despite the concerns, the ad-hoc committee has recommended again that the MTC should move forward with the relocation effort to 390 Main St.. The committee detailed a number of findings supporting its decision, noting that market prices have appreciated considerably since the post office sold the building.

The committee also said that the new location is only four blocks from the Embarcadero BART station, and that a van would be available to provide shuttle service for disabled passengers.

Although the MTC plans on spending nearly $180 million to purchase and renovate the building, the agency actually projects to net $49 million over the next 30 years by renting out the property to other tenants, according to agency spokesman Randy Rentschler. The agency has said it’s essential to purchase the new building to accommodate its growing staff.

San Francisco Supervisor and MTC Commissioner Scott Wiener said the relocation plan is a good idea. “Over time, this will pay for itself,” Wiener said. “This committee conducted an extensive analysis of various options, and it was not even a close call.”

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, an opponent of the move, said that using toll funds for the project was inappropriate.

“Commuters must travel Bay Area bridges daily to get back and forth to work,” DeSaulnier said in a letter addressed to the MTC. “They expect that their toll fees go to road repair and bridge maintenance, not for real estate speculation.”

On Wednesday, the MTC will vote once again on the relocation proposal.

Middling returns?

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