So you have no idea who George Kliavkoff is. You’re not alone. The new Pac-12 commissioner isn’t surprised Google traffic on his name spiked Thursday. “I understand I wasn’t on any of the media’s shortlists for this role,” Kliavkoff said during a virtual press conference after he was handed the reins of the Pac-12 conference. The executive has almost no experience in college sports, but sports fans, especially in the Pac-12, are familiar with his business. Among his wide-reaching responsibilities as MGM Resorts president of entertainment and sports, Kliavkoff oversaw operations for venues such as T-Mobile Arena and Mandalay Bay Events Center, which hosted the Pac-12 men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, respectively, this year. He sat on the board of BetMGM, one of the three largest U.S. sports betting companies. Advertisement Sports Pac-12 hires ‘outsider’ George Kliavkoff as its new commissioner Sports Pac-12 hires ‘outsider’ George … [Read more...] about Who is George Kliavkoff, the new Pac-12 commissioner?
Back in 2014, when the Arizona Legislature passed a bill to provide business owners with a religious excuse to discriminate against gay people, the N.F.L. threatened to move Super Bowl XLIX out of the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the bill. In 2015, when the N.C.A.A. led a pushback from its Indianapolis headquarters against a similar bill that the Indiana Legislature passed, Gov. Mike Pence said it was all a “great misunderstanding” and eventually signed a watered-down version that met the demands of the N.C.A.A. and other sports organizations that had protested. In 2017, the North Carolina Legislature repealed an anti-transgender “bathroom bill” after the loss of the N.B.A. All-Star Game plus convention and tourism business cost the state millions of dollars in revenue and companies canceled plans to relocate there. This April, prodded or perhaps even shamed by prominent Black business leaders, 170 executives of major companies signed a … [Read more...] about The Sound of Silence on Abortion
15 A rising star chef whose resume includes working with acclaimed celebrity chef Jonathan Waxman, has returned to his hometown to launch Ostia restaurant, which debuts in the Montrose area this week. Ostia at 2032 Dunlavy St., from chef/owner Travis McShane, is scheduled to open on Friday, according to a Tuesday release. McShane, who earned degrees at the University of Texas and the Culinary Institute of America, spent more than a decade working his way up from an intern to a corporate chef at James Beard Award-winning chef Waxman’s restaurant empire, including stints at Barbuto in New York City and Adele’s in Nashville. Ostia, which means to “host” in Italian, will offer New American cuisine with Italian and Mediterranean flavors in a 4,500 square-foot space. Four intimate dining spaces and a patio offer seating for 108 guests inside and 56 outside. MUST-TRY SANDWICHES: … [Read more...] about Houston native Travis McShane to debut Ostia restaurant in Montrose
SACRAMENTO — California’s population is growing at its slowest rate in more than a century. The state added 21,200 people in the year that ended July 1, a growth rate of 0.05%, according to data released Wednesday by the state Department of Finance. That nudged California’s population to 39.78 million. It was the state’s lowest recorded population growth rate since 1900. The previous record for sluggish growth was set just one year earlier. Among the reasons: More people are leaving California than are moving in from other states, immigration is down, births are dropping and deaths are up because of an aging population and the coronavirus pandemic. “Those numbers are really startling,” said Mark Baldassare, president of the Public Policy Institute of California. “This isn’t the Golden State of the past, which was a place in which we saw people from other states and abroad coming to find their way to the California dream.” He said the numbers should be a “wake-up call” for … [Read more...] about ‘This isn’t the Golden State of the past’: California is barely growing
This is the story of BART director Wilfred T. Ussery, who really, really wanted to allow the drinking of alcoholic beverages on BART. The topic came up in Liam O’Donoghue’s “East Bay Yesterday” podcast , during a live interview with former BART spokesman Michael Healy, which also yielded this stunning tale about a BART seat cushion-slashing crime ring. I’ve reported about BART’s bank of Atari arcade games in the Powell Street station, Richard Nixon’s BART ride and the role Marc Benioff’s grandfather played as a catalyst for the transit agency. But in more than a decade digging through The Chronicle archives, I’ve never heard Healy’s story - that there was once a strong push for the sale of adult beverages on BART trains. A Chronicle archive search reveals it actually happened twice. Ussery, a local civil rights figure in the 1960s, had a lot of ideas as a BART director and president, generating memorable headlines for The Chronicle. (My favorite, from 1993: “BART … [Read more...] about A cocktail lounge on BART? Here’s the man who tried to make it happen