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Palo Alto prepares for Super Bowl 50

Emergency services, hospitals, police and fire gear up for thousands of visitors

With an estimated 2 million visitors expected to arrive in Bay Area cities during the week leading up to Super Bowl 50, Palo Alto and Santa Clara County agencies are in the last push of their preparations for the influx. At the top of their list: traffic and public safety, in all of their myriad manifestations.

Palo Alto and surrounding cities are sure to feel the impact, even though the Feb. 7 event will be held at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. Stanford University will also host practice sessions by the American Football Conference (AFC) championship team from Feb. 2-6.

Stanford's Department of Public Safety Special Events Unit said in a statement to the Weekly that it is collaborating with local and federal agencies on security for the week.

"We anticipate an increase in pedestrian and vehicle traffic and are coordinating with local agencies to assist with this potential increase," the department said, without further elaboration.

Palo Alto's Office of Emergency Services will figure big in those operations monitoring activities and in coordinating responses to disasters, accidents and medical emergencies. The OES's renovated command center at Palo Alto's police headquarters will be the nerve center, and the department will also deploy its Mobile Emergency Operations Center, OES Director Ken Dueker said.

Of the possible 2 million visitors, only 70,000 will be attending the Super Bowl. That leaves a considerable number of people who will be otherwise amusing themselves, Dueker said. And although traffic and medical emergencies top the list of concerns, Dueker said that Mother Nature could be a complicating factor.

"Our planning is as much about El Nino as anything else. We are looking at Murphy's Law. We could have major storms," he said, which typically occur in early February in El Nino years, he said.

In addition to flooding from storms, increased accidents and power outages, Dueker said that communications might also be compromised.

"Your cell phone might not work as well," he said, noting that the area has insufficient cellular network coverage. Even during regular 49ers games at the stadium, people sometimes can't get through, he added.

Federal authorities are also concerned about terrorist acts that could shut down communications. A memo between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Department of Homeland Security was recently leaked to NBC News4 I-Team in Washington, D.C. expressing concern about potential sabotage to fiber-optic cables in the Bay Area during the Super Bowl, NBC reported. Michele Ernst, a spokeswoman for the FBI's San Francisco field office, told NBC that there have been 15 attacks against fiber-optic lines in the Bay Area since 2014.

Dueker said his office is working with the FBI and other agencies through the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center to monitor potential terrorist threats. But there is no specific threat right now in the Bay Area and none to Palo Alto.

"But the caveat is there were no specific threats in San Bernardino or Paris," he said.

Agencies throughout the Bay Area are working together to ensure coordinated communication through the Joint Information Center (JIC) for Super Bowl 50, which is being operated by the City of Santa Clara Police Department, Sunnyvale police Captain Jeffrey Hunter, JIC Operations Manager, said in a statement. Residents and visitors can receive safety, weather, traffic and emergency alerts through a new text-notification system from Nixle.com by texting the word SB50 to the number 888777. Current subscribers will still receive their regular local alerts from Nixle but can opt-in to SB50 for Super Bowl-specific information, he said.

Palo Alto Police Department is also strategizing its local and regional presence. The department is moving all field personnel to 12-hour shifts for the week prior to and including the Super Bowl, as opposed to their normal 11-hour shifts, spokesman Lt. Zach Perron said.

"They'll be supplemented by our SWAT team personnel and downtown officers. Other personnel will be on standby if needed, but at this point, we don't anticipate any problems. We'll have plenty of officers on hand to safely respond to handle whatever may come up. We also have mutual aid procedures in place should we need additional personnel from surrounding agencies to supplement our staffing," he said. At this point, there are no expected traffic or road closures.

Additional traffic could cause problems for the fire department in trying to get to the emergency, Palo Alto Fire Chief Eric Nickel said. The fire department is preparing for a 20 percent increase in calls for service, ranging from accidents to medical problems, based on past Super Bowl data, he added.

"We are planning for an additional five to eight calls per shift," he said.

During Super Bowl week, the department will add two additional ambulances during the day. One will be assigned to the football team practicing at Stanford for four hours per day; then it will be available for 10 hours for other calls.

"Our goal is to be as self-sufficient as possible and not rely on the county ambulance," he said.

Each day there will be many parties and events, so Nickel expects University Avenue to be busy.

"I'm a bit nervous about pop-up parties. For example, if Kim Kardashian tweets that she's coming to Stanford Shopping Center and a couple thousand people show up," he said.

The fire department has been collaborating regionally with other fire agencies and emergency medical teams. Palo Alto fire Operations Chief Geo Blackshire heads up the multiple-agency hazardous materials team, which is preparing for every scenario from the release of an unknown white powder to a catastrophe, Nickel said.

Santa Clara County Public Health Department will also be on the lookout for another kind of threat: communicable diseases, department spokeswoman Allison Thrash said. Super Bowl season is the peak time for influenza and norovirus, and the department will work to identify and contain sources of outbreaks, she said.

Norovirus, which causes gastrointestinal infections that can be quite severe, especially for the elderly.

"There has been quite a bit in the state in the last month. We've been sending out preventative messages to remind people to wash their hands and get medical care if they are sick or report to the communicable diseases line," she said.

The department does expect to see a rise in illness accompanying the greater numbers of people in the area. A new software program will help track the kinds of illnesses being seen in emergency rooms, she said.

At medical facilities such as Stanford Hospital, Dueker said, staff have been gearing up for additional patients, including preparing to treat people in tents if necessary. Erin Weinstein, Stanford Health Care's director of media relations, said that both Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital are ready for additional patients.

"Our trauma center, emergency department and hospitals at both Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children's Health will be fully staffed and prepared for any additional adult or pediatric cases that may result due to the Super Bowl and its various activities in the coming weeks," she said in an email. "In addition, we will be activating some aspects of our Emergency Operations Plan, including increasing staffing and on-call staffing, in order to ensure total preparedness should a major emergency occur."

Thrash said the county's Department of Environmental Health, which licenses and inspects food establishments, and the Department of Behavioral Health, which handles mental health issues, are also part of the collaboration. Environmental Health has stepped up its inspections of food establishments and is encouraging people with special events to get their licenses early, she said.

Thrash said the area is in good hands.

"It's amazing and reassuring, the thought that's being put into it," she said.

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17 people like this
Posted by Jane
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jan 22, 2016 at 10:37 am

Where does the money come from to pay for all the additional police and emergency services?


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Posted by Disgusted by the roadside trash
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 22, 2016 at 11:00 am

Why is the upcoming Superbowl not the perfect public event to trigger some action on cleaning up the Highway 101 roadsides and interchanges which are filled with trash? To anyone driving Highway 101, we look like an impoverished and neglected environment. In December I submitted a request that CalTrans clean the roadsides and interchanges through Palo Alto on Web Link While it's an active request, the work awaits assessment and has not been scheduled for completion. Earlier this week, I wrote to both State Senator Jerry Hill and State Representative Rich Gordon to ask if their offices would collaborate to ask CalTrans to expedite the work. I have received no response from either office.


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 22, 2016 at 11:01 am

I can't stand football. Why doesn't the NFL have to pay for all their nonsense, security, extra police, traffic management, etc.? I heard that San Jose or Santa Clara are getting reimbursed but San Francisco taxpayers are not.
They're worse than FIFA.
Economic benefit to a locale is questionable and likely highly variable so sort of risky (just like with the Olympics).
Look out for the drunken drivers.
Women, watch out.
The "prestige" factor is totally lost on me.
I guess some of those who are impressed with this hope to somehow gain via a ticket, some perk or overtime (paid for by the taxpayer). Interesting that I suppose all the corporate jets coming in with executives get to deduct the costs of their visits here and tickets (or go free via corporate sponsorship). I am not susceptible to buying a product because a company's executives get to drink champagne in a suite at a football stadium. Talk about corruption!


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Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 22, 2016 at 11:03 am

As creepy and unpleasant as downtown has become, it will be tenfold worse during the SB week. i have already rented a beach house in Sonoma for that week, although maybe I'm not going far enough to get away from this tacky corporate orgy.


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Posted by Old but Wise
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 22, 2016 at 11:21 am

Yep getting out of town is great if you can, but don't forget those dear denizens who have also left town and are renting their abodes for exorbitant fees.....I am so lucky my neighbors are not doing THAT. I am treating this as an emergency, will have all I need for the duration and will not put a foot out the front door. Will be good practice for a real emergency.


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Posted by Ralph
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 22, 2016 at 11:26 am

Geez, does everyone just wake up inn the morning and think, "what can I complain about today"?
Do you people know how lucky that a silly game coming for one day is your biggest problem. Yeah, traffic might be increased for the week before...do you know why? Because a big event wants to come to a part of the country where people dream of living, and guess what, you all get to live here."Corruption", "corporate orgy"...turn on the news, see real problems and lighten up.


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Posted by Julie armitano
a resident of University South
on Jan 22, 2016 at 11:37 am

I love football.
I love Nfl and Stanford football.
My fiance like it too.
I can't wait to see the super bowl.


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Posted by enough!
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 22, 2016 at 11:43 am

Levi's Stadium seats 68,500 people. What are the other 1,931,500 people gonna be doing here???


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 22, 2016 at 11:43 am

I am personally dreading the whole week. I heard somewhere that there was going to be a designated lane each way on highway 101 for superbowl traffic. It really sounds so stupid having such an event with half the goings on in SF and half in Santa Clara and San Jose. We are stuck in the middle with no one caring how it will affect any of us with lives that don't involve superbowl.


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Posted by enough!
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 22, 2016 at 11:43 am

Levi's Stadium seats 68,500 people. What are the other 1,931,500 people gonna be doing here???


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Posted by enough!
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 22, 2016 at 11:45 am

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Posted by Palo Alto Native
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jan 22, 2016 at 12:27 pm

@Ralph Totally agree! Palo Altans have always been opinionated. And it's a bubble here. They also complained about the international bike race with the finish line leading into Stanford, which was so much fun to watch, but with the complaints, it was only here one year. Or the complaints of delays due to Obama or other politicians visiting town.

Sheesh, I am grateful to be able to live here! My college son is a computer science major and some students said, "Let's do a road trip to Palo Alto!" to which he said he grew up here and they were speechless.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 22, 2016 at 12:32 pm

I'm curious about where that 2 million visitor number came from. Did someone actually look at increases in hotel rental rates? Or did the NFL just dream that up when begging for taxpayer handouts to support the game? I can understand some families sharing a hotel room, even though only 1 or 2 family members are going to the game, but 30 times more visitors than game tickets seems wildly unrealistic. If there really were 2 million extra tourists in the area, why aren't cities up and down the peninsula pushing for-profit family-friendly special events like street fairs, concerts, etc for that week?


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Community Center
on Jan 22, 2016 at 1:01 pm

Wasn't the last Super Bowl held here the 25th Super Bowl? It was at Stanford Stadium. It was a freakin' football game - ONE day. There wasn't a week of hullabaloo - it was just a @#$%^ football game fer pete's sake. Most motels and hotels OUT OF TOWN with in a 75 miles radius now have a lot of locals trying to escape. Ask locals how they feel about the game. Standard answer " Couldn't care less". Yawn.,,,,,,,


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Posted by prefertheoutdoors
a resident of another community
on Jan 22, 2016 at 1:49 pm

I've always preferred to do rather than to watch, so heading to the hills for a hike that day is a great way to avoid the traffic shenanigans. A bonus on SuperbOwl Sunday is that enough people stay home that the trails are much less busy than usual.


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Posted by Cynical ploy
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jan 22, 2016 at 1:56 pm

LOL maurucio. But glad you have another opportunity to wrongly characterize our downtown. Why will it be tenfold worse? Downtown is full of people enjoying themselves-- nothing creepy or unpleasant. Ralph is right, some pa residents look for this gs to complain about. But enjoy sonoma.


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Posted by Any
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 22, 2016 at 3:00 pm

PA residents, myself included, firmly but wrongly believe that they do and should have an ultimate influence on events in the city and the peninsula. I am glad for wealthy people being wealthy, but you own only your property, not the roads, railways, downtown, etc, although you pay for it. And so does everybody else. People who earn less pay more taxes, so be quiet on that. You have bought only that one (or two or three - doesn't matter) house, not the whole city or a region. It is surprising how much xenophobia we have here. Buy yourself an island if you think you are entitled to live in a world under your control, but don't terrorize everybody else because you are not wealthy enough to do that. People like that are just keeping Palo Alto behind, in a village-like culture mode. No wonder all this money and no gallery or theater. Behind such an attitude is racism, elitism, and eventually totalitarism.


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Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 22, 2016 at 3:37 pm

American football is a "sport" that maims and kills its practitioners. The NFL is a tax expempt monopoly making about 12 billion dollars(and projected to bring in about 20b dollars per year in the near future) while hiding the full extend of the horrendous damage the game is inflicting on the players. The NFL has politicians and law enforcement in its pay. It is a corrupt and corrupting entity. The SB is a corporate orgy that is not even about the game anymore, but about its corporate sponsors. Just as the game is immoral, so is hosting it. That's why I feel we residents are just hapless victims of this repulsive game and event.


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Posted by Cynical ploy
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jan 22, 2016 at 3:58 pm

So tell us how you really feel about the NFL, maurucio!!!! Please provide proof for your scurrilous claims that police aND ploiticans are in its pay. Also provide proof of this corruption you talk about ( corrupt seems to be the fashionable term in palo alto for those that disagree withnyiu, usually thrown around by the maurucios in town without any real proof).
Not too late for you to try to file for an inJunction against the game. Just make sure you bring all your proof when you go,to,court


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Posted by stretch
a resident of another community
on Jan 22, 2016 at 5:43 pm

The Super Bowl at Stanford in 1985 was no big deal. Oh, wait - my father and I went to Maui to escape it. See, no big deal!


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Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 22, 2016 at 6:06 pm

NFL is the same league that has enough money to pay league Commissioner Roger Goodall $225 million from 2008 through 2052, but continues to nickel-and-dime its former players out of the healthcare they need to maintain a reasonable quality of life. It now looks like the NFL didn’t really enjoy Goodell’s salary going public. They have dropped their tax-exempt, non-profit status, making Goodell’s salary unavailable to the public. The league claims they made the move to avoid “distractions,” but it had more to do with their desire to avoid full transparency. At the end of the day, the NFL may truly be the most corrupt and hypocritical entity in America. But let’s face it, as long as we all continue to pour our hard-earned dollars into consuming all things related to the NFL, the league will continue to get away with anything they want.

If a Fortune 500 company or any other billion dollar American corporation operated in a similar manner to the NFL, they would likely be facing extreme scrutiny from the media and the general public, they would almost surely be forced to deal with angry protestors, and they quite possibly could be forced out of business. The NFL on the other hand can get away with practically anything. Furthermore, with their enormous amounts of popularity throughout the country, and even the world, that will not be changing anytime soon.


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Posted by Cynical ploy
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jan 22, 2016 at 6:31 pm

SO MAURUCIO, THE NFL dropped there tax exempt status in the last 2 hours. You stated 2 hours ago that they are tax exemot. Now you say they are not tax exempt. Did they change status because of your comments?
Corrupt? Please provide real proof. If you want corrupt, look at FIFA. Not sure what is the purpose of all this raving and ranting about the NFL. Also still waiting why downtown will be tenfold more " creepy and unpleasant" during super bowl week. I hear from friends in Sonoma that they feel sonoma will be 10 t8mes more creepy and unpleasant that week.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 22, 2016 at 9:12 pm

Wrestlemania at Levi's Stadium will still hold the attendance record.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 22, 2016 at 10:50 pm

I don't live in no stinkin' bubble, and I'm dreading the Stupor Bowl and its onslaught. I'd love to have been able to rent out our place and take off for awhile. We can't all be lucky like Mauricio!


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Posted by jaa
a resident of University South
on Jan 23, 2016 at 4:26 am

Once I had to see a sports medicine doctor at the Medical Center over here in Palo Alto. My issue was not sports related per se but that's where they sent me. When I walked into the waiting room, the place was packed with mostly young people with what appeared to be some serious orthopedic injuries. I couldn't understand why all these otherwise healthy youngsters had such injuries. Some of them had surgery or was scheduling surgery. They were in cast, on crutches and some in wheelchairs. Someone told me they were injured from playing high school and college football. I just don't get football, never have, never will. It just seemed wrong and sad for all these otherwise healthy youngsters, to be in that situation. Personally, I think they should outlaw the whole thing.


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Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 23, 2016 at 6:31 am

Most NFL teams, with the possible exemption of Oakland, get localities to do whatever they want, funded by the tax payers. NFL players get away with criminal behavior, especially against women, because local police and DA's go out of their way to protect them. Ray Rice got suspended only after tapes showing him nearly killing his girl friend surfaced, tapes the NFL tried to suppress. The NFL tried to discredit medical research on football elated brain disease. The only reason the NFL temporarily gave up its tax exempt status was to prevent transerancy of its finances. The NFL has an anti trust exemption which allows it to excursive unfair labor practices. an NFL player is legally bound ny his contract, but an NFL team can cut him whenever it wants without honoring the contract. Despite astonishing revenues, retired players with severe physical and mental issues are left to fend for themselves, often broke.

Only those with blinders on and a denial complex would fail to realize and admit how corrupt and corrupting the NFL is. Football is gladiator "sport" that kills and maims its practitioners. There is a reason American football is not played anywhere else. FIFA is a hopelessly corrupt organization, and so is the NFL, American style.


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Posted by Chris Zaharias
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 23, 2016 at 9:40 am

@mauricio - good on you for saying what few do.


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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 23, 2016 at 10:33 am

2 million more people, huh? Ironically that's the number of people that ABAG (Association of Bay Area Governments) has mandated that the Bay Area absorb in the next few years.

Let's see how much we like it.


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Posted by Cynical ploy
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jan 23, 2016 at 1:40 pm

[Portion removed.] Football is played in Canada and in many countries tries they play rugby- football without the padding. [Portion removed.] For every player that commits a crime, there are 100 players that give back to the communities with good works-- donations, charity etc. The teams themselves also give back to their communities. The NFL funds a large number of charities as well. [Portion removed.]
Finally no one is forced to play football. Everyone knows the dangers. Corrupt and corrupting? Hardly.


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Posted by Its just a game!
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 23, 2016 at 2:19 pm

Lighten up people - its just a game that happens to be enjoyed by LOTS of people. If you don't like football, don't play. Don't let your kids play. Don't watch.

Super Bowl 50 will bring lots of people to the Bay area and also lots of money! Hotels, restaurants, AirBNB hosts, etc. are looking forward to it.


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Posted by Oh Come On !
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 23, 2016 at 2:21 pm

Its a game, lots of people visiting - if you are lucky, you may get to see your long lost cousins and friends who may decide to come to town .. its a week, lighten up. If you don't want to be a part of it, stock up on food and stay in your own home - chances of the Palo Alto residential streets getting filled up with gawkers is slim to none.

Breathe ..


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Posted by Chris
a resident of University South
on Jan 24, 2016 at 7:59 pm

El Camino right lanes will be tow away zones along Stanford campus from 2/1 to 2/6.

Denver Broncos (GM John Elway) will be practicing st Stanford then.


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Posted by Enough
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jan 24, 2016 at 9:00 pm

[Portion removed.]

All the SB does is more money to the rich while the plebs is brainwashed .. well ... there are no brains involved there, really. If there were brains, the final game would be just a game, no hysteria.

I am not going to Sonoma but will be trying to stay away here.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 25, 2016 at 9:32 am

Having read and heard about street closures in SF and the possibility of parties at Stanford, I am getting very concerned about how every day life will be affected.

Is there any list in advance of all the closures and impacts for next week. With flights out of SFO and various important meetings, for our family, we are trying to plan for every eventuality but without details it is impossible.

Any heads up would be appreciated.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 25, 2016 at 11:14 am

The Mercury-News says the 2 million visitors number is a big lie. 250,000 is more realistic. The Bay Area should be able to easily absorb that without shutting down large parts of our infrastructure and killing local small businesses. Web Link


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 25, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Visitors are often counted like VTA ridership, i.e. a weekly figure must be divided by 5 or 7 to get the actual number of individuals. Even then it could be 2x high if people are counted both coming and going. SFO averages about a million passengers per week. Fleet Week is said to attract a million visitors. For real disruption in San Francisco, try the Bay to Breakers. I plan to be there May 15 if Caltrain can handle one more person, which is uncertain this far up the line.


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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 25, 2016 at 6:00 pm

"Most NFL teams, with the possible exemption of Oakland, get localities to do whatever they want, funded by the tax payers."

Levis Stadium (SF 49ers) is privately funded.

SD Chargers can't get anyone in San Diego to give them a dime towards a new stadium.

MLB: AT&T Park (SF Giants) is privately funded.


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Posted by Chris Zaharias
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 26, 2016 at 8:53 am

Here's a map of where Denver will be practicing at Stanford:

www.linkedin.com/pulse/silicon-bowl-practice-locations-chris-zaharias


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Posted by Earl
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jan 26, 2016 at 8:17 pm

The time and money people waste on the stuperbowl is simply staggering. That the NFL can come to town, cause local cities to spend millions on overtime and related expenses dealing with the crowds, while the NFL walks away with hundreds of millions in the bank is appalling. No, contrary to sports boosters repeated boastings, the modest short uptick in hotel taxes and restaurant expenses hardly makes up for the very real expense locals pay to be burdened with these events. Why in the world would 2 million people come to the Bay area to throw money at the stuperbowl when only 68,500 fit in the stadium?


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Posted by Cynical ploy
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jan 27, 2016 at 6:50 am

Earl- the super bowl is not coming to town, the area bid for the game and they were chosen ( of course Palo Alto was not taken into account since they are so negative and anti everything). And there will not be 2 million people coming. And many hotels and restaurants will see a major uptick give that it is otherwise a quiet weekend.
But not too late to have the city council register a strong protest, followed by a weekly editorial condemning the super bowl


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Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 27, 2016 at 8:43 am

If the NFL, this corrupt and corrupting corporate giant and enabler of deadly brain damage wants to host this unnecessary, silly event, they should compensate the surround area for the traffic, noise and destruction this event generates. The hundreds of millions they make from commercials and merchandise during the SB should all go to the local areas.


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Posted by Just folks
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2016 at 9:57 am

My child's grandparents started planning last year to visit for an important event, and had to cancel (give up) because of the Superbowl and effect on trval costs/arrangements. We will try some other time but there may never be another opportunity for them to join for this. As it is, I do not want to be out on the road the night before, I hope the police will be out in force.


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Posted by Really?
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 27, 2016 at 3:21 pm

"Levis Stadium (SF 49ers) is privately funded."

Not true - you may be thinking of the Giants stadium. Santa Clara put up ~100mil and took on >800mil debt via a public stadium entity.


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Posted by Nfl is good
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 27, 2016 at 5:00 pm

For those of you railing against the nfl, you realize that Santa Clara is getting $3 million dollars fromm the NFL to cover their expenses.


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Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 28, 2016 at 5:49 am

The NFL is utterly corrupt, corrupting and destructive in so many ways. 3 million dollars to Santa Clara is pathetic, really a joke, when the SB effects and disrupts the entire Bay area. All SB proceeds should go to Bay area communities within a 50 mile radius of Santa Clara.


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Posted by Too late
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2016 at 12:01 pm

Why are Mauricio's slanderous, insulting and derogatory comments about the NFL allowed ( over and over again), but more benign comments are removed?


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Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 28, 2016 at 12:29 pm

The NFL sell millions of dollars worth of merchandise for charity, Then keep most of the cash.

They buried reports about how dangerous their sport Is.

The players are abandoned as Soon as they leave the game.

Ticket prices are enormously expensive.

The NFL severely punches pot smoking, wearing different color socks, end zone celebration, etc, while protecting players violence and anti social behavior.

The above, only a fraction of the NfL corruption and immorality, are backed up by facts and is indisputable. Why don't you try to refute it, instead of engaging in personal attacks, complaining to the editors, and defending an anti trust exempt corporate entity that has $12 billion per year revenues and enormous political clout?


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Posted by Too late
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2016 at 12:41 pm

Seems to me Mauricio, you just do not like anyone disagreeing with you. There was no,personal attack in my last post and I believe I have the right to ask the editors why they allow your postings which seem to go against thenTerms of Use.
You make claims about the NFL. You say they are backed up by facts and are indisputable. Yet, you do not provide any proof whatsoever to back up your claims. And yes, the nfl has been lax in the past about anti- social behavior, but they are cracking down now. I think the nfl now realizes that concussions are an issue and have a protocol in place. Thenp,ayers have a union which looks after them. Which companies in the US take care of all employees that leave their employ??? I would certainly like to see proof of your claim regarding the NFL charity. This is a serious allegation, which if false, is slander.
And since we are in America, don't I have the right to " defend" any corporate entity I want or does free speech only extend to those that share your view.
I believe the area bid to host the super bowl. The time to express objections was then. The super bowl,did not suddenly sneak into,the area. Some venues will be reimbursed for their costs. Plenty of businesses will see a windfall from the visitors. Most ofthe visitors will enjoy the game and their visit here. It is unfortunate that you do not seem to care about anyone but yourself


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Posted by Robert
a resident of another community
on Jan 28, 2016 at 12:53 pm

Too late, you're wasting your breath. Mauricio is a malcontent who truly hates it when other people are enjoying themselves.


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Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 28, 2016 at 4:22 pm

Let's talk about the charity merchandise scandal which you claim is slender against the NFL.That's right; the NFL collects untold millions each year from sales of pink this and pink that, and keeps 90 percent of it. Of course, they dress it up in such a way that it looks like they make almost nothing, but that takes some creative accounting. To hear them explain it, they donate 90 percent of all merchandise royalties to the American Cancer Society. Sounds great, except for that magical word "royalties" (instead of, say, "sales" or "profits").

According to Darren Rovell of ESPN, the NFL's modus operandi is to take a "25 percent royalty from the wholesale price (1/2 retail)". So if you buy a pink Tony Romo dishrag for $95, the NFL will take a quarter of half that price, or roughly $11.85, and donate a whopping $10.60 of it to the ACS. The rest goes to them.

The NFL doesn't dispute that, but claims that the remaining 80-some dollars they kept from the jersey didn't go into the pockets of the billionaires who own the teams. After all, they say, that money gets split among retailers, manufacturers, and the cost of running Crucial Catch. But here's the thing: since the vast majority of pink merchandise gets sold through the NFL (either at games or via their online shop), that makes them both the retailer and the merchandiser. And as far as running Crucial Catch goes, that's their campaign to promote the merchandise. It's nothing but advertising for the women's section of their store.

Now add that some critics insist the 10 percent donation is actually more like 3 percent, and it kind of starts to look like the NFL just wanted a feel-good excuse to get women in on their merchandising bonanza. After all, it's not like they exactly have a great record when it comes to its treatment of women.


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Posted by Old Steve
a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Jan 28, 2016 at 4:55 pm

Folks, Members of our communities invited the NFL here. Stanford hosts big events all the time, even a Super Bowl once! If you want to leave town, feel free. If you want to rent out your house, people in Pebble Beach do that every year for the golf tournaments. For the moment, we have two generally popular NFL Teams. At least some big-time fans of each of those teams get to go to the game. Unlike New York, Chicago, or LA, apparently the Bay Area is only Big Time, some of the time. I hope none of those barking about the Super Bowl had the gumption to enjoy any of our Four Recent World Championship Parades! Or for that matter, any of the 6 previous Super Bowl parades held here in the Bay Area as recently as 20 years ago.


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Posted by Stanford fan
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 28, 2016 at 4:55 pm

Okay, maurucio, I get it, you do not like the NFL but so what, millions of people do, many of them coming to the bay area for the event and many who live in the bay area. The NFL is responsible for injecting plenty of money into local communities. Plenty of businesses will see a nice profit from all the events.
No one is asking you to take part in any of the events or watch the game. I have to agree with robert, you seem to go all out in attacking things that others enjoy-- be it a super bowl or a trip downtown for dinner.
The time to have voiced objections was years ago when the area bid for the event.
Is the NFL perfect? Hardly? But is any large entity perfect? No. You cherry pick the negative, ignore the positive and then make claims against those that do not agree with you.
The game will be played here. People will enjoy it. People will spend money here. Santa Clara will get their expenses covered. Some people will be in a sour mood. And life will go on?
BTW, do you also hate stanford football. Look what they do the city at least 6 times a year


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2016 at 5:08 pm

Not a superbowl fan, and don't care about what happens on the Sunday of the game.

I didn't realize that we would have two weeks of disruption. This is not what I think we signed up for. Our family has several very important events including one outbound international flight and trying to work out what disruptions there will be on 101, SFO, and other local non-sporting venues, is very difficult.

Anybody know a place that lists all disruptions in advance? Anybody?


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 28, 2016 at 11:10 pm

There's a disruption all along 101 every weekday morning and afternoon. At least on Feb 7 we will have something to blame it on.


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Posted by 1 in 100
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jan 29, 2016 at 6:02 am

Fun fact: 1 of every 100 people in the U.S. will be in the SF bay area at the time of the game!


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 29, 2016 at 12:07 pm

Mauricio doesn't need to provide documentation on the corruption of the NFL. He expressed an opinion with which you don't agree. Big deal. The information is out there. They aren't some sacred organization which can't be criticized. The religion of Football isn't sacrosanct.

Here's information and naps for getting around: Web Link


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 29, 2016 at 12:10 pm

Here's info from Stanford: Web Link


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Posted by Marie
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 29, 2016 at 1:22 pm

There are squeaky wheels on this forum e.g. Mauricio, but let's not forget that they are in the vast minority. They should not tarnish the rest of the Palo Alto population.


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Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 29, 2016 at 2:42 pm

Marie, the NFL addiction is a cult-like thing. Cultists uniformely refuse to review and analyze facts about their cult. They live in denial. The information about the destructive corruption and influence of the NFL, be it forcing cities to build billion dollar stadiums with public money for billionaire owners, hiding and suppressing information about brain injuries routinely sustained by players with devastating health consequences after they retire, when the NFL washes its collective corporate hands off them, claiming to support charities through merchandise sales while keeping nearly all the proceeds, deplorable labor practices, when players are bound by the contracts they signed, but teams can cut a player any time they choose to and void his contract, etc.

Almost forgot, one poster claimed the NFL has corrected its ways re-concussions by establishing a concussion protocol. The protocol takes place AFTER the concussion, and is often not followed because of pressure on team doctors to send the concussed player back on to the field and because in the NFL nacho culture, an injured player who doesn't get back on the field in considered by his coaches, owner and peers as "soft", and staying out would probably mean no new contract. The "concussion protocol" is really analogous to police yellow tape after a crime has already been committed.


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Posted by Stanford fan
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 29, 2016 at 2:57 pm


Without getting into an extended response to maurucio post, 2 comments
-- well obviously a concussion protocol would be activated after a suspected concyssion!!!!!!! However the NFL has cracked down on helmet to helmet contact and other Potentially dangerous acts during the game. No one is forced to play football.
-- some players have granted contracts, so they cannot have their contracts voided. Also remember that this whole contract issue was negotiated by the players union?

And really, maurucio, NFL fans belong to a cult????
Millions of people will enjoy the game. Some people will remain bitter due the fact that others are enjoyING themselves


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Posted by Old Steve
a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Jan 29, 2016 at 2:58 pm

Even if one is not a football fan, or is even a football hater, we have all known the game was a comin'. Y'all who don't care about football must have somebody you know who you could have asked about the impacts. Other than localized construction this week, the real fun starts this weekend with actual events and the arrival of the teams. Our regional economy actually does better when both teams are out of towners. We plan a bike ride to downtown Mtn Vw, just before game time to watch the transit circus!


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Posted by Old Steve
a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Jan 29, 2016 at 2:58 pm

Even if one is not a football fan, or is even a football hater, we have all known the game was a comin'. Y'all who don't care about football must have somebody you know who you could have asked about the impacts. Other than localized construction this week, the real fun starts this weekend with actual events and the arrival of the teams. Our regional economy actually does better when both teams are out of towners. We plan a bike ride to downtown Mtn Vw, just before game time to watch the transit circus!


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2016 at 4:29 pm

And so it starts. Here's an email from PAUSD.

Dear parents and guardians,

As you may be aware, the Bay Area will host Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. This national event will bring thousands of visitors to the Bay Area including Palo Alto. We recently learned that one of the NFL teams will be having closed practice sessions at Stanford University next week leading up to the event (Mon., Feb. 1. - Fri., Feb. 5).

We wanted to make you aware that practice sessions will be held at Stanford as the Office of Emergency Services tells us we can expect heavy traffic and activity in Palo Alto. In addition, here are some other important tips to consider for next week:




•If you drop off or pick up your children at our schools, law enforcement officials advise that you give yourself plenty of time to drive to and from the school.


•If your child walks or rides a bicycle to and from school, please have a conversation with your child to be extra careful due to the additional traffic.


•It is also recommended that motorists be extra vigilant and careful as pedestrians visiting Palo Alto might not be familiar with the area.


•If you plan to visit us any time next week at our District Office on Churchill Ave. or any of our facilities and schools in close proximity to Stanford, please note that we can expect heavy traffic and limited parking.


•We also want to provide to you information regarding a text notification system created by law enforcement specifically for Super Bowl 50. The City of Santa Clara Police Department encourages citizens to text SB50 to 888777 for important updates throughout Super Bowl 50. Subscribers will receive safety, weather, traffic, and emergency alerts during the week leading up to the Super Bowl.



Thank you for your attention. We hope that you have a safe weekend and we’ll see your children at school bright and early on Monday morning.



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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 29, 2016 at 7:29 pm

Fun fact: 1 of every 3 people in the U.S. will see the Super Bowl on TV.

@Resident, all those traffic advisories sound like any other day of the year.

@Old Steve, I'll be out there on my bike also. Hope it doesn't rain.


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Posted by Livestrongg
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 31, 2016 at 10:22 am

Livestrongg is a registered user.

Hello everyone, our professor is conducting a research project on the Superbowl 50. Could you please take 5 minutes to take this online survey for her research project? It would be immensely helpful! Thank you for your time and willingness to help out!

Link to the survey: Web Link


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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 31, 2016 at 1:49 pm

Resident,

Thanks so much for posting the travel advisory from PAUSD so those of us who don't have kids in PAUSD but still need to run our errands can plan ahead.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 1, 2016 at 5:03 pm

Who is driving their buses? It seems that they don't know how to deal with our traffic. The buses crashed into each other and caused a HP motorcycle office to be taken to hospital.

Are they local drivers or have they brought their own buses and drivers?


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