by Chris Roberts : sfexaminer – excerpt
The City doled out a non-reimbursable $482,295 to attorneys and planners to satisfy California environmental law in preparation for a much bigger America’s Cup regatta than the event that ended up materializing this summer, city documents show.
Under the terms of the 2010 agreement that brought yacht racing to the waterfront, The City was on the hook for any work done to satisfy strict California Environmental Quality Act standards. The bill, given to The City last August by the America’s Cup Event Authority and paid out last October, included $281,860 to global consulting giant AECOM, $172,214 to law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, and $28,221 to law firm Hanson Bridgett LLP, according to documents on file with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development.
The work was performed in 2011 and early 2012, when estimates — from crowd sizes to costs — for the America’s Cup were much bigger… (more)