The strange ticket price that celebrated a triumph | Tim speaks | Tim Hunt
Loved seeing the seemingly odd ticket price for John Madden’s Monday night celebration at the Colosseum – $32.14. My memory goes back to the Super Bowl triumph over Minnesota by a score of 32-14.
Former 49er and Cal coach Steve Mariucci spoke at the event, saying that in the 22 years of the bocce tournament he associated with Madden, more than $8 million was went to charity.
Speaking of charity, Virginia Madden said she hid money over the years and donated to the Madden Foundation up to $1 million. It’s a matching grant.
She was also “on a roll” and proudly proclaimed the Oakland Raiders and said Oakland needed an NFL franchise. Predictably, this received an enthusiastic affirmation from the crowd.
One of the realities that came out, both from my personal experience during Madden’s coaching career at Oakland and from other comments, is how connected the players were to the community during that decade. , including their trainer. As I mentioned, several lived in Pleasanton in ordinary neighborhoods, as opposed to Ruby Hill (which wouldn’t be built for over 15 years).
This decade is going to be difficult for transit agencies, especially here in the bay area. BART released ridership estimates last week that were well below the more than 400,000 daily rides at its peak.
Rare among transit systems, the largest share of BART’s former operating budget (65%) came from the fare box. It’s rarely above 20% for most other systems.
And, with declining ridership and the federal funding that has sustained the system for the past two years, BART will be challenged financially. The projected deficit in 2024 is $48 billion and could reach $1.2 billion by fiscal 2032. Planners expect attendance to be 70% of pre-pandemic numbers.
So BART is pushing the idea of either a BART-specific tax increase or a regional approach, as other agencies will find themselves in similar situations. It should be noted that BART already has a 0.5 cent sales tax earmarked for its budget as well as a portion of the bridge fares and property tax.
It’s a system that was designed to serve urban centers and the viability of downtown San Francisco and Oakland offices in these days of remote working remains an open question. Several tech companies have drastically reduced their office footprints in San Francisco over the past year.
And there’s no way to put that genie back in the bottle. It’s here to stay if companies want to retain skilled workers.
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