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GIANTS BALLPARK MAINTAINS OVERALL SUPPORT IN FACE OF DOUBTS
Published February 16, 1996
A poll conducted over the weekend on the S.F. Giants' proposal to build a privately financed ballpark in the city's China Basin area showed that while the referendum would pass by a 2-to-1 if a vote were held today, "voters still have doubts about whether parking and traffic problems near the ballpark would be manageable." While the yes vote on the stadium led 54-26% among the 600 registered voters surveyed by the S.F. CHRONICLE and KRON-TV from February 10-13, only 35% believed the Giants' promise that money for the $255M project would not come out of taxpayers pockets. On that question, 51% did not believe the team. Meanwhile, 47% had concerns about traffic and its effect on property values (Edward Epstein, S.F. CHRONICLE, 2/16). Meanwhile, the Rincon Point-South Beach Citizens Advisory Committee, a potential opponent of the project, gave a "neutral" vote on the matter -- considered "very positive" by Giants Exec VP Larry Baer (Eric Brazil, S.F. EXAMINER, 2/15). TRAFFIC REPORT: The CHRONICLE obtained a draft of a report being prepared by the S.F. County Transportation Authority, which offers suggestions to alleviate the anticipated "major congestion" around the ballpark area. The study focuses predominantly on increased funding for public transportation and the construction of additional parking structures (Edward Epstein, S.F. CHRONICLE, 2/16). 3COM STAYS: 3Com Corp's bid to keep its name on the former Candlestick Park "gained ground" as a revised agreement between the city and the 49ers was approved by the city's Recreation and Park Commission. Under the deal, the 49ers will pay $3.9M over four years to the city for the right to designate the stadium "3Com Park at Candlestick Point." 3Com, in turn, will pay the team $3.5M for naming rights (Hal Kahn, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 2/16).