Ve­gas cer­e­mony shows Raiders are mov­ing on

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The Raiders’ glam-packed ground­break­ing for their $1.9 bil­lion sta­dium in Las Ve­gas pretty much served as the fu­neral for Oak­land’s hopes of keep­ing the team.

“It’s un­for­tu­nate to see, but this is the way it is,” said Justin Ber­ton, spokesman for Mayor Libby Schaaf.

Oak­land City Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Larry Reid said Raiders owner Mark Davis has made it “com­pletely clear” he doesn’t want to stay in the city — and “I think peo­ple ought to let the Raiders go.”

There are those who point out that the team is still months from fi­nal­iz­ing the Las Ve­gas deal. But Steve Siso­lak, chair­man of the Clark County Com­mis­sion in Ne­vada, told us Mon­day’s shovel turn­ing wasn’t just for show.

“We are get­ting to work — the clock is tick­ing, and there is no time to waste,” he said.

Siso­lak, a Demo­crat run­ning for Ne­vada gov­er­nor next year, con­cedes there are still thorny as­pects of the deal to be worked out, in­clud­ing a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with the Univer­sity of Ne­vada, Las Ve­gas, over joint use of the 65,000seat sta­dium.

And then there’s the House Repub­li­cans’ tax bill, which would end the tax-ex­empt sta­tus on state-ap­proved bonds for the sta­dium, adding about $3 mil­lion a year to the fi­nanc­ing costs.

But Siso­lak says of­fi­cials are “mak­ing progress” on all fronts, and that he ex­pects the bond pro­vi­sion to be stripped from any tax bill that makes it through Congress.

“But even if it’s not, we have ad­e­quate fi­nanc­ing to get the sta­dium built,” Siso­lak said.

Mean­while, the Oak­land-Alameda County Coli­seum Author­ity board all but sig­naled it was giv­ing up last month when it voted not to join a fan-backed law­suit aimed at forc­ing the team to re­lin­quish the “Raiders” name and at ex­tract­ing $83 mil­lion from the NFL to re­tire the pub­lic debt on the Coli­seum’s 1990s over­haul.

Reid also ap­pears to be back­ing away from his pro­posal for the Coli­seum to give the Raiders the heave-ho when the team’s lease ex­pires at the end of this sea­son. The Raiders hope to ne­go­ti­ate an ex­ten­sion un­til the Ve­gas sta­dium is ready, which won’t be un­til at least the 2020 sea­son.

In fact, Coli­seum Author­ity ex­ec­u­tive Scott

McKibben tells us the board is pre­pared to be­gin ex­ten­sion talks once the Raiders fi­nal­ize their sta­dium plans and get a bet­ter han­dle on the con­struc­tion time­line.

In the mean­time, the Raiders are draw­ing sell­out crowds at the Coli­seum.

Ar­rival: The pa­rade of would-be Demo­cratic 2020 pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates con­tin­ues, with New York Gov. An­drew

Cuomo duck­ing into town Tues­day for a pri­vate, $1,000- to $10,000a-head meet and greet.

The event, at the Cal­i­for­nia Street law of­fice of Paul Hast­ings, was co-hosted by a long list of no­ta­bles that in­cluded Gi­ants Pres­i­dent Larry

Baer, tech in­vestor and phi­lan­thropist Nat Si­mons, an­gel in­vestor

Chris Lar­son, and for­mer PayPal ex­ec­u­tive

and co-founder Max Levchin.

Cuomo al­ready has $25 mil­lion in the bank for his 2018 re-elec­tion and lit­tle op­po­si­tion. Still, mak­ing a West Coast swing is a good way to in­tro­duce him­self to a net­work of donors for some­thing big­ger down the road.

The trip also in­cluded a big-ticket fundraiser planned Tues­day night at the Bev­erly Hills home of Univer­sal Filmed En­ter­tain­ment chair Jeff Shell.

A spokes­woman for Cuomo’s cam­paign did not re­spond to our call Tues­day seek­ing com­ment.

Cuomo isn’t the only prospec­tive 2020 Demo­cratic can­di­date hit­ting the Cal­i­for­nia po­lit­i­cal ATM. For­mer pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Sen.

Bernie San­ders of Ver­mont was the star at­trac­tion at the Cal­i­for­nia Nurses As­so­ci­a­tion con­ven­tion here in Septem­ber. Mon­tana Gov. Steve

Bul­lock flew into town for a sit-down with po­ten­tial back­ers the same month, and Sen. Eliz­a­beth War­ren of Mas­sachusetts was spot­ted twice in the Bay Area over the sum­mer.

Se­cured: A Vir­ginia com­pany best known for pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity in Iraq has won a $116.3 mil­lion con­tract to pro­tect fed­eral build­ings in San Fran­cisco and else­where in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Triple Canopy Inc. merged three years ago with for­mer ri­val Academi, which used to be known as Black­wa­ter. Triple Canopy was born out the U.S. in­va­sion of Iraq in 2003 and has since earned its stripes pro­tect­ing State De­part­ment em­bassies and con­sulates in Bagh­dad and around the world.

Black­wa­ter, its one­time ri­val, is best known for es­tab­lish­ing a pri­vate army of for­mer spe­cial forces sol­diers dur­ing the Iraq War to pro­vide govern­ment se­cu­rity. It was founded by ex-Navy SEAL Erik Prince, buddy of Bre­it­bart News czar Steve Ban­non and brother of fed­eral Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary Betsy DeVos. Records show that Triple Canopy’s build­ing-pro­tec­tion con­tract with the De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia cov­ers up to five years. As it turns out, Triple Canopy didn’t ac­tu­ally come in with the low­est bid — and that led to a for­mal protest by the cur­rent con­trac­tor, Paragon Sys­tems Inc.

But a re­cently con­cluded re­view by the U.S. Govern­ment Ac­count­abil­ity Of­fice found that Triple Canopy ul­ti­mately ne­go­ti­ated changes to its pro­posal that made it “a bet­ter value” than Paragon’s of­fer, ac­cord­ing to a GAO spokesman.

So now there’s been a chang­ing of the guards.

John Locher / As­so­ci­ated Press

Raiders owner Mark Davis (cen­ter) breaks ground for a Las Ve­gas sta­dium with Ne­vada Gov. Brian San­doval (left) and NFL Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell.

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