The America's Cup is killing us!

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First Larry Ellison and his rich cronies try to perpetrate an audacious real estate scam on San Francisco, after pitting us against other cities to host his America's Cup race. Even though we were able to scale back that swindle, they still evicted Teatro ZinZanni from Pier 27 so they could profit from overpriced waterfront concerts at the spot they supposedly need for their boat race -- lying, cheating and corrupting the system along the way.

Then we learned that Ellison, the world's fifth richest man, and the other 1-percenters on the America's Cup Organizing Committee, may stick San Francisco taxpayers with a $20 million bill for their race because they're all too greedy and selfish to honor their private fundraising commitment – which they could cover by simply writing checks for amounts they would barely notice, and which they'd probably find a way to write off of their taxes anyway.

And now, on top of all those outrageous indignities … they're killing people!

Well, maybe Ellison and his crew aren't actually committing murder. But during last weekend's venerable Escape from Alcatraz triathlon – which was moved up from the warm-ish summer months to the frigid winter because the yachts are apparently unable to share the bay for a few hours one morning – one man died of a heart attack and 150 participants had to be rescued (three times the normal number) because the water was so dangerously cold.

Just one more example of how overentitled rich people, with the active complicity of the Mayor's Office, are having their way with San Francisco, heedless of the consequences.

Comments

Steven apologize for and withdraw his "fun" comment about a dead person?

But it's not OK to remove your comments on SFGATE that denigrated others and made allegations that you could not substantiate?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 08, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

you'd think the examine would have higher standards. there are plenty of unemployed alt-weekly writers out there that are better than this moron, fire steve jones and get a real journalist that doesn't use drugs.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 08, 2013 @ 8:06 pm

Our bay is wonderful, one of the great bodies of water near a beautiful city. Most cities would love to have such a wonderful feature, sailing, ferries and event space.
Opera House and etc. But it seems we are only worthy of looking, walking by it or bike riding near the bay. Our ferry network is a joke.

We are trying to get a Super Bowl, Olympics, and a Worlds Fair, yet Americas Sup is a small event.

Posted by Garrett on Mar. 12, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

The Bay Area could maybe run it, but Sf is too parochial and prFvincial to pull it off.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 12, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

Hi, thanks for sharing.

Posted by tiger on Apr. 11, 2013 @ 4:39 pm

Ellison has a private jet that goes from city to city picking up young girls from online dating sites and dropping off others he invites here as "interns". When he gets done having sex with them he gives them $200K in hush money with an agreement that they have to pay it back in cash in a lump sum if they ever rat him out. He gives the President of Stanford a large donation to Stanford whenever the president sends him a "naturally large breasted female MBA". Nice guy!

Posted by RANDY POTTER on Jul. 05, 2013 @ 2:33 pm