The San Francisco Bay Area is preparing for an influx of sports fans this weekend. Sunday brings the yearly Superbowl into Santa Clara where a new football stadium was recently built. However since the 49ers retained “San Francisco” in name, San FRancisco is the host city.
This week has brought with it a slate of protests regarding the Superbowl and the expenses incurred by San Francisco! in a city where there’s virtually hundreds of homeless, ignored for decades, it should give people pause to wonder how SF has money to shell out for a one weekend event. The construction of Superbowl City in SF is coming at a cost to the taxpayers of $5 million, none of which is being paid for by the NFL Yet City officials will tell people that their homeless problem is too big, too expensive, too complicated to solve. Imagine how much easier it would be for $5 million to go towards transitional housing, job training, soup kitchens, clean clothes, day shelters and college classes for the city’s homeless population.
I believe protesting down a street is a start, but why stop at that? I think calling attention is good, but more needs to take place than hanging out on the street where people are getting aggravated thus missing the actual message. City council meetings, mayors office, the Superbowl planners, the NFL, the newspapers, the residents….they all need to hear it too.
I was just having a conversation, wondering why Santa Clara wasn’t hosting Superbowl City since they’re the actual city the game will be played in. The feeling is there aren’t places to hang out, eat there, entertain, etc in Santa Clara. Pretty ironic considering plenty of people don’t have anything to eat in San Francisco either. I don’t think it’s much to ask with the millions being made for this, or any other big event really, for a portion to be donated to social services and city needs.
SF is using 5 million dollars of tax payers money to host Superbowl City, which is not being reimbursed by the NFL (like it is in Santa Clara). I’d wager a guess that they will be clutching onto any profit they make to try and break even from the poor contract deal they made that has now caused them deserved public scrutiny.
It’s good to remember (and put it into perspective) that those of us who have homes, even with bills and struggles, are far better off than a lot of people. A bit a traffic to let protesters by is a very first world problem to have, when people who have lost everything are being ushered into a World War II era-like encampment because they aren’t pretty to look at when a big party comes to town this week.