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Citing crappy streets, Oracle moves annual conference from San Francisco to Las Vegas

Citing crappy streets, Oracle moves annual conference from San Francisco to Las Vegas

The San Francisco Travel Association estimates the move will cost the city $64 million a year in tourism revenues.

I guess needle-strewn streets and Greta Thunberg murals are not the tourist draws that one would expect!

Citing dirty streets and high hotel costs, Oracle has decided to move its important annual conference from San Francisco.

It’s new venue will be in Las Vegas in a 3-year deal.

According to an email that the San Francisco Travel Association (SFTA) sent to its members on Monday, Oracle has signed a three-year agreement to bring its flagship event to the Caesars Forum in Las Vegas.

“Oracle stated that their attendee feedback was that San Francisco hotel rates are too high,” the email, which was viewed by CNBC, said. “Poor street conditions was another reason why they made this difficult decision.”

The SFTA estimates the total loss of $64,000,000 a year to the local economy due to this decision. Oracle’s event is the second major conference that has relocated due to public health concerns.

In 2018, a medical association also pulled its convention.

“The doctors group told the San Francisco delegation that while they loved the city, postconvention surveys showed their members were afraid to walk amid the open drug use, threatening behavior and mental illness that are common on the streets,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Last year, a UC Berkeley researcher found that some parts of San Francisco were “more unsanitary than many of the dwellings in impoverished, developing countries.” A survey of 158 city blocks encountered more than 300 piles of feces and 100-plus improperly discarded needles.

The hotel costs were also a consideration in ending the nearly 2-decade run of OracleWorld in San Francisco.

The event attracts more than 60,000 Oracle customers and partners and gives the company a chance to show off its latest technologies. In recent years, the event has been trumped by Dreamforce, Salesforce’s annual conference, which claims over 170,000 attendees.

Both events are known for shutting down a large swath of downtown San Francisco, around the Moscone Center, wreaking havoc on the city’s already congested streets. And as tech companies have started congregating in San Francisco, rather than further south in Silicon Valley, prices have skyrocketed.

According to a survey published in October by, San Francisco is the fourth most expensive city for hotels, behind Nashville, Boston and San Jose. The average double room at San Francisco’s cheapest hotel with at least three stars was $214 in October, the survey showed. Las Vegas was all the way at the other end of the spectrum.

Of course, none of this comes as a surprise to those of us who have watched California descend into the level below third-world existence.

It might be nice of the city has political representation focused on its public health needs.

Truly, this move by Oracle may be a sign of things to come.


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That Poop Map needs an update. Someone might actually get the impression that Oakland streets are clean.

Rename San Francisco to Bangladesh-on-the-Pacific. Has a nice ring to it.

Liberalism destroys everything it touches.

The SF politicians and wealthy liberals should be required to pay the city $64 million.

Just like the rest of us always have to pay for their terrible policies.

“their members were afraid to walk amid the open drug use, threatening behavior and mental illness that are common on the streets”

And that’s just the journalists and activists. /rim shot

After working with Oracle software, I notice a symbolic relationship between Oracle and the streets of SF.

If I wanted to see the third world and get shot at… I’d go to …wait… I can get that all in San Francisco.

SF city motto: “We have seen the future and it stinks.”

BTW, this isn’t a new problem. Twenty years ago, I had a business function there and TWICE someone dropped trou near me and pooped on the sidewalk. I also had someone lean into my car trying to steal a box from my passenger seat at a street light. I also walked into “quickie” store just after it had been robbed where the clerk refused to call the police because “It’s too late, they don’t always come, this is the 3rd one this week”.

Great place to live.

    Absolutely right, Phil. I worked in a building on the south side of Market Street between Seventh and Eight Streets from late May 1999 to early April 2001, and I saw what you describe, and much more. I’m sure that it’s even worse now.

Was that guy sleeping on a 2-star or a 3-star mattress?

Pretty sure that street crime, although unmentioned, is the major concern. Takes less than a minute to get surrounded and robbed. And has become a major problem.

San Francisco has offended “The Larry”. Silicon Valley must be getting tired of all the stink coming from Starfleet Academy (which is about how long it will take to clean and sanitize the streets enough for humans to walk_

One of the perks of being in the tech industry is that a lot of conferences were held in San Francisco. I have visited the city close to a dozen times on both personal and business travel. The last time I was there is the last time for me. I ventured out of my hotel on Market Street and it was like a scene from Escape From New York. I love the city but I don’t feel safe even in the tourist areas. I will miss visiting there.

I for one will not miss the street closures and disruption to parking and traffic patterns that Oracle would bring every year….

    NoFlow in reply to NoFlow. | December 15, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    PS – the BEST time to walk in SF is when it is mildly windy around 5 am and either during a relatively heavy rainfall or after an all night long rain. It is the only peaceful time the bums and their wastes are off the sidewalks….

“Doctor” Jill Biden must be the mental health director up there. Look what she’s done for hunter.

The Friendly Grizzly | December 15, 2019 at 8:47 pm

My industry used to conduct a trade show, convention, and classes at the Moscone Center, alternating with the Javitz in NYC. It brought in a lot of money to the city. This was still with the insane and the violent on the streets, but the excrement problem was just beginning. Then, the SF convention people got greedy. The organizers and exhibitors had to guarantee a certain number of rooms would be paid for, whether used or not. Several other “floor” standards were required, and the rental on the space went higher and higher. Finally, the organizers said “That’s nice… bye!” and moved it to Las Vegas.

I guess needle-strewn streets and Greta Thunberg murals are not the tourist draws that one would expect!

And what’s most noticible is that Greta is starting to look pretty polished and glammed up for her photos, seen on Twitter. She’s had a makeover. Gone are the braids and dirty snow-coat look, now she’s got makeup on and a stylish wardrobe. Her speeches are pure establishment goo-goo, they are no longer the spontaneous crazed screams about stolen childhoods and other laughable claptrap. Her photos, even (actually, especially) those of her traveling rough, are now shot at professional camera lights and angles, glamorizing and romanticizing her life on the road.

She’s definitely getting the P.R. makeover. Which reinforces the idea that she’s a tool, an actress, putty in the hands of monied special interests, including her pricey handlers.

Was the apology part of that same P.R. handling? Sure looks like it.

A pig sty here in Iowa would be a better choice than San Francisco.

real irony is Oracle complaining about over priced crap and crappy streets….

No need to visit India now that one can simply go to San Francisco. Progress in the eyes of liberals.

A Punk Named Yunk | December 16, 2019 at 4:20 pm

All those Star Trek episodes set in SF of 24th-25th centuries, with Starfleet headquarters in SF: What *did* they do with all that excrement? Let’s extrapolate the current state of affairs to the 24th century. What color would all that concrete be? Would there be a square centimeter left unsullied? Considering the new laws being proposed in Portland (requiring all new construction to set aside room for homeless camping) where are those spaces at Starfleet?

Obviously Starfleet is racist and unconstitutional.