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Sheldon Adelson Casino Owner Helps Oakland Raiders Las Vegas NFL Stadium Planning

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Sheldon Adelson Casino Owner Helps Oakland Raiders Las Vegas NFL Stadium Planning – National Football League said to want stadium revenue cut as well Sheldon Adelson, the founder and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corporation, the owner of such famed landmark hotels as The Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas, is working with Oakland Raiders Owner Mark Davis in direct planning for an NFL stadium in Las Vegas. This, of course, would happen only if NFL Owners give Davis approval to leave Oakland. Adelson's reportedly working so close with Davis, that basically he's both funding provider and design planner – the casino magnate's next role appears to be revenue collector, and from the very stadium he's talking to Davis about. Now this is according to news from Adelson's own publication The Las Vegas Review / Journal. The publication's Richard Velotta reports that discussions were about details of the stadium's design and configuration, including “interior and exterior stadium design concepts, pour contracts, including the types and brands of beverages to be served, concession contracts and prospective parking revenue,” as well as stadium sponsorships and naming rights agreements. So, basically, Mark Davis is planning an NFL stadium with a casino owner in Sheldon Adelson. Thus, even though the NFL would not grant Adelson team ownership, it appears that he's working out a path to the next best thing: collecting a cut of revenue streams from the stadium. On top of that, and this points to a real can-of-worms NFL policy issue, Velotta writes “(Las Vegas Sands Government Affairs Representative Andy) Abboud said the NFL is interested in estimated revenue streams and could demand that it be included as a beneficiary.” The problem is Velotta does not make clear who represents the NFL in this case. Is it Mark Davis, or Eric Grubman, the NFL's stadium point person? The articles also makes clear that the Oakland Raiders and Adelson / Las Vegas Sands are developers of the stadium. Previously, the developer role was singularly that of Majestic Realty, a far more experienced stadium and arena development firm. But, and for reasons still not completely explained, Majestic Realty dropped out of the team and just before the vote of the Southern Nevada Tourism and Infrastructure Committee last September. Thus, is the NFL prepared to, first, let a casino owner design, building, finance, and operate an NFL stadium in Las Vegas, then take money from that same NFL stadium in Las Vegas? That is far, far greater than taking an NFL team taking money from a casino company in exchange for advertising – this is, for all practical purposes, the NFL getting in bed with a casino owner to build and operate an NFL stadium. And, if this news is true, it's a direct contradiction of the league's past words that it would not do this kind of business with casino owners – setting up a scenario where Adelson is all but a true NFL team owner, making money off, and putting it into, the Oakland Raiders and the NFL in Las Vegas. If the NFL allows the Davis / Adelson deal, or is moving to allow this, then all of its comments regarding being against associations with casino operators that could invite gambling on games become completely hypocrtical and baseless, and that follows a trend of words versus action, as depicted in a number of online publications. And all of this comes just as the City of Oakland really is doing stadium planning and financing the right way, and without the involvement of those who are in industries with questionable practices. It's poised to keep the Oakland Raiders in Oakland – if the NFL elects to do what's right, and avoid this move toward a darker future. Stay tuned.
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Sheldon Adelson Casino Owner Helps Oakland Raiders Las Vegas NFL Stadium Planning

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In Los Angeles, A New Approach to Marine Science – Triple Pundit (registration) (blog)

Triple Pundit (registration) (blog)Los Angeles has a longstanding and critical relationship with the ocean — most notably at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, through which nearly 150 million tons of cargo travel each year. Now, the port of Los Angeles will host a new avenue for … …read more From:: Los Angeles […]

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Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks: RECAP, score and stats – NJ.com

NJ.comThe Los Angeles Rams, led by Jared Goff (and having just fired Jeff Fisher), played their Week 15 NFL regular season game against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday, December 15, 2016, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks are led …Seattle Seahawks clinch NFC West as Los Angeles Rams fall againUPI.comWhat they said: Los […]

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Rogue One A Star Wars Story At Grand Lake Theater Oakland

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Rogue One A Star Wars Story Has CGI Peter Cushing

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Rogue One A Star Wars Story Has CGI Peter Cushing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is playing at the Grand Lake Theater Oakland, and opened to a packed house on Thursday night. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was, indeed, a different kind of Star Wars, but the meaning of “different” here was in the use of computer-generated-images of characters – mostly notably Peter Cushing. You have to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just to examine how Peter Cushing looked as a computer-generated person: at times cartoonish, other times frighteningly realistic. It was during the “frighteningly realistic” segments of the movie that this blogger feared for the future of actors in movies – it was that good. Overall, Rogue One was not just a good Star Wars movie, but a great film and especially toward the end. This blogger will not give away the plot, but it's important that you watch Star Wars: Episode One before you see Rogue One. Stay tuned.
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Rogue One A Star Wars Story Has CGI Peter Cushing

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Rogue One A Star Wars Story Has CGI Peter Cushing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is playing at the Grand Lake Theater Oakland, and opened to a packed house on Thursday night. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was, indeed, a different kind of Star Wars, but the meaning of “different” here was in the use of computer-generated-images of characters – mostly notably Peter Cushing. You have to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just to examine how Peter Cushing looked as a computer-generated person: at times cartoonish, other times frighteningly realistic. It was during the “frighteningly realistic” segments of the movie that this blogger feared for the future of actors in movies – it was that good. Overall, Rogue One was not just a good Star Wars movie, but a great film and especially toward the end. This blogger will not give away the plot, but it's important that you watch Star Wars: Episode One before you see Rogue One. Stay tuned.
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Libby Schaaf, Oakland Mayor, Disputes NFL's Eric Grubman On Raiders Stadium Deal

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Libby Schaaf, Oakland Mayor, Disputes NFL's Eric Grubman On Raiders Stadium Deal Eric Grubman, the NFL's Executive Vice President for Business Affairs, has both upset and ignited an Oakland Community determined to keep its Oakland Raiders. Oakland's collective raw emotions in the wake of the tragic Oakland Fire (and the large number of every-day people from our community who were killed in it) were stirred by the surprisingly politically tone-deaf comments of the League's point person on new stadiums. On Tuesday, Grubman blasted the deal crafted by the Oakland City Pro Football Group (which consists of Ronnie Lott, Rodney Peete, Marcus Allen, Bill Duffy, and Fortress Investments) as being like the previous years Floyd Kephart deal. Considering that Grubman and Kephart didb't see eye-to-eye, whereas the current group of people have the highest respect for him, his suddenly negative take on a deal many believed he was hand's on in crafting is strange. What does Grubman mean when he says that Oakland should not have made a deal with a third party other than the Raiders, when Sheldon Adelson's a third party in Las Vegas, as would be Goldman Sachs, even without Mr. Adelson in the picture, as one possible deal scenario has it? Is Eric Grubman motivated to steer the Raiders to Las Vegas by the $750 million Nevada subsidy and the money it could make for Goldman Sachs, his former employer? Does the fact that Oakland's barred Goldman Sachs from doing any business with the city provide extra incentive? While these questions are painful to ask of the NFL's man-who-served-our-country (and for whom this blogger has a great deal of personal respect), they must be asked, even if they don't get an answer. And why did Grubman, even after spending time with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, and numerous phone calls, trips, and emails, elect to drop a political bomb by saying that the NFL wasn't consulted about the disposition of the land? Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf told me that the NFL's Grubman never asked or expressed an interest in the Coliseum land. While that runs counter to last year's news that the League was interested in developing on and owning Coliseum land, it's not hard to think that Oakland's blocking Goldman Sachs is playing a role in these sudden problems with a league that has become the investment banking firm's sports gravy train. So now, the Raiders are in a mess: they have no deal in Las Vegas, but pretend all is well. On Thursday, Clark County Supervisor Steve Sisolak tweeted that he had a “great meeting” with Oakland Raiders Owner Mark Davis and Adelson, but the simple fact he had to tweet that indicated the existence of a big problem between Davis and Adelson to start with – and that the issue is still unresolved. But the Raiders do have a good deal in Oakland with The Lott Group and with Fortress Investments, and one that allows them, and the NFL, to collect development revenues over time, and enjoy a 99 year ground lease. All of this in a much larger media market than Vegas. And in a City, Oakland, that really does deserve some good news. The Oakland Fire has produced a giant spiritual hole in its center. I went to my favorite Oakland hang-out, The Alley Thursday night, and for the first time in weeks, and learned that a regular by the name of Ben Runnels died in the fire. I've seen Ben enough to remember who he is, but what I did not know was that he was in a performing group called “Introflirt, and teamed with Nicole Renee Siegrist. Nicole also worked at the Grand Lake Theater as assistant manager – she sold me my ticket to see MARVEL's Doctor Strange a few weeks ago. She too died in the Oakland Fire. There's no reason Oakland has to endure all of this pain. If the NFL and the Oakland Raiders had any heart at all, they would stop this silly relocation game, stop hurting our City's pride, and help heal our community by building a new stadium here. Stay tuned.
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Libby Schaaf, Oakland Mayor, Disputes NFL's Eric Grubman On Stadium Deal

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Libby Schaaf, Oakland Mayor, Disputes NFL's Eric Grubman On Stadium Deal Eric Grubman, the NFL's Executive Vice President for Business Affairs, has both upset and ignited an Oakland Community determined to keep its Oakland Raiders. Oakland's collective raw emotions in the wake of the tragic Oakland Fire (and the large number of every-day people from our community who were killed in it) were stirred by the surprisingly politically tone-deaf comments of the League's point person on new stadiums. On Tuesday, Grubman blasted the deal crafted by the Oakland City Pro Football Group (which consists of Ronnie Lott, Rodney Peete, Marcus Allen, Bill Duffy, and Fortress Investments) as being like the previous years Floyd Kephart deal. Considering that Grubman and Kephart didb't see eye-to-eye, whereas the current group of people have the highest respect for him, his suddenly negative take on a deal many believed he was hand's on in crafting is strange. What does Grubman mean when he says that Oakland should not have made a deal with a third party other than the Raiders, when Sheldon Adelson's a third party in Las Vegas, as would be Goldman Sachs, even without Mr. Adelson in the picture, as one possible deal scenario has it? Is Eric Grubman motivated to steer the Raiders to Las Vegas by the $750 million Nevada subsidy and the money it could make for Goldman Sachs, his former employer? Does the fact that Oakland's barred Goldman Sachs from doing any business with the city provide extra incentive? While these questions are painful to ask of the NFL's man-who-served-our-country (and for whom this blogger has a great deal of personal respect), they must be asked, even if they don't get an answer. And why did Grubman, even after spending time with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, and numerous phone calls, trips, and emails, elect to drop a political bomb by saying that the NFL wasn't consulted about the disposition of the land? Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf told me that the NFL's Grubman never asked or expressed an interest in the Coliseum land. While that runs counter to last year's news that the League was interested in developing on and owning Coliseum land, it's not hard to think that Oakland's blocking Goldman Sachs is playing a role in these sudden problems with a league that has become the investment banking firm's sports gravy train. So now, the Raiders are in a mess: they have no deal in Las Vegas, but pretend all is well. On Thursday, Clark County Supervisor Steve Sisolak tweeted that he had a “great meeting” with Oakland Raiders Owner Mark Davis and Adelson, but the simple fact he had to tweet that indicated the existence of a big problem between Davis and Adelson to start with – and that the issue is still unresolved. But the Raiders do have a good deal in Oakland with The Lott Group and with Fortress Investments, and one that allows them, and the NFL, to collect development revenues over time, and enjoy a 99 year ground lease. All of this in a much larger media market than Vegas. And in a City, Oakland, that really does deserve some good news. The Oakland Fire has produced a giant spiritual hole in its center. I went to my favorite Oakland hang-out, The Alley Thursday night, and for the first time in weeks, and learned that a regular by the name of Ben Runnels died in the fire. I've seen Ben enough to remember who he is, but what I did not know was that he was in a performing group called “Introflirt, and teamed with Nicole Renee Siegrist. Nicole also worked at the Grand Lake Theater as assistant manager – she sold me my ticket to see MARVEL's Doctor Strange a few weeks ago. She too died in the Oakland Fire. There's no reason Oakland has to endure all of this pain. If the NFL and the Oakland Raiders had any heart at all, they would stop this silly relocation game, stop hurting our City's pride, and help heal our community by building a new stadium here. Stay tuned.
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Cockroaches, rodent droppings, clogged sinks force closures at 12 Los Angeles restaurants – LA Daily News

Cockroaches, rodent droppings, clogged sinks force closures at 12 Los Angeles restaurantsLA Daily NewsTwelve restaurants in Los Angeles were temporarily closed last week due to major public health hazards. Between Dec. 4 and Dec. 10, those facilities had their health permits suspended for sewage issues and cockroach and rodent infestations, according … …read more From:: […]

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Southern California weather forecast – Los Angeles, Orange County, Inland Empire, Ventura County – KABC-TV

KABC-TVShowers started Thursday afternoon and increased rainfall is expected to last through Friday morning. Los Angeles and Orange counties are seeing temperatures in the mid 60s, with heavy rain expected in the evening hours. DOWNLOAD: The free ABC7 Los … and more …read more From:: Los Angeles News By Google News

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Los Angeles without 3 defensive starters against Seattle (Dec 15, 2016) – FOXSports.com

FOXSports.comSEATTLE (AP) The Los Angeles Rams will be without starting cornerback E.J. Gaines and starting safety Maurice Alexander on Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks. Alexander and Gaines were both inactive. Alexander had been ruled out with a …Simple for Seattle: Beat Los Angeles and clinch NFC WestGillette News RecordLos Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks: […]

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Southern California weather forecast – Los Angeles, Orange County, Inland Empire, Ventura County – KABC-TV

KABC-TVLos Angeles and Orange counties will have showers throughout the day on Friday, along with highs in the upper 50s. The sun is expected to reappear by the weekend. DOWNLOAD: The free ABC7 Los Angeles app for weather on-the-go. The valleys and … and more …read more From:: Los Angeles News By Google News

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