San Francisco Rumors
The Golden State Warriors’ push to relocate the basketball team from Oakland to San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood cleared a key hurdle Monday, as a judge ruled against a group that had filed multiple lawsuits to kill the project. On Monday, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Garrett Wong ruled that the city’s environmental review of the proposed arena was adequate, rejecting arguments it had failed to consider environmental impacts, including alternative sites for the arena.
Golden State Warriors point guard Shaun Livingston joined anti-bullying advocates and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon to bring a message about the harms of bullying and bigotry to hundreds of high school students in Oakland Monday afternoon. Livingston participated in a panel at the Scottish Rite Center on the shore of Lake Merritt and led the 300 gathered students from five area high schools in a pledge to reject hate, bigotry and bullying. “I pledge to stand up to all forms of hate, bigotry and bullying,” Livingston said, reciting the pledge. “I will not stay silent in the face of intolerance based on race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, religion, ability or any other factor.”
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this evening to affirm the Final Subsequent Environmental Impact Report certification for the proposed multi-use arena for the Golden State Warriors in the Mission Bay neighborhood. After more than four hours of public comment and dialogue on the impact of the stadium to the community and the environment, from individuals both for and against the development, the board voted unanimously to approve the report’s certification, giving the project the green light.
Marc J. Spears: Warriors formally acquire 12-acre site of future sports & entertainment complex in SF Mission Bay and plan to open new arena 2018-19 season.
The Warriors purchased an option on the private property in 2014, and have spent the past year and a half participating in a public planning process. Environmental review is expected to be completed this fall; the team plans to open the new arena in time for the 2018-19 NBA season. “The Warriors are making an unprecedented, $1 billion-plus investment in San Francisco,” said Rick Welts, President and COO of the Warriors. “We’re the only sports team in America doing this all with private funds, on private land, with no public subsidy.”