With eleven (11) months left to meet the agreed upon timeline, and a task that typically takes eighteen (18) to twenty-four (24) months to complete, tomorrow San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors will vote on an ordinance to waive the competitive bidding requirements for a City contract to secure consulting services to perform the required environmental review and assist with securing the necessary state and federal permits to host the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco.
As proposed, the contract will be awarded directly to Environmental Sciences Associates (ESA) which is already engaged with the City to complete the Environmental Impact Review (EIR) for San Francisco’s new Cruise Terminal. By not bidding the contract the City estimates it will be able to shave six (6) months from the overall environmental review timeline.
Total environmental review and permitting costs related to the America’s Cup are currently projected to be $2,678,856, down from an originally estimated $3,115,000. Up to $600,000 of the budget will be for the aforementioned consulting services.
Amongst the other items on which San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors will spend their time tomorrow, a proposed resolution condemning Rush Limbaugh for mocking the Chinese language and Chinese President Hu Jintao on his radio show.
San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors Agenda: 2/8/11 [sfbos.org]
Waiver of the Competitive Bidding and Solicitation Requirements [sfbos.org]
And The 2013 America’s Cup Will Be Held In…San Francisco! [SocketSite]
San Francisco’s Last Minute Giveaways To Get The America’s Cup [SocketSite]
San Francisco’s New Cruise Ship Terminal Gets A $3.5M Kick Start [SocketSite]

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