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SBD/November 12, 2013/Facilities
Warriors Make More Changes To Design Plan For Waterfront S.F. Arena
Published November 12, 2013
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DOING THEIR RESEARCH: In S.F., Eric Young noted the Warriors have "spent more than a year talking to local neighbors and logging their concerns." The team "hired a point person to address neighborhood and political issues tied to arena development." The Warriors also have a "citizens advisory committee comprised of residents and local business owners" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 11/11). Also in S.F., Matier & Ross wrote the question no longer is whether the Warriors' waterfront arena "will go on the San Francisco ballot -- but rather, when it will go on and which side will put it there." S.F. Mayor Ed Lee said, "I think (the Warriors) probably have to. I think they need to consider that, because everybody is going to want to have a voice." November '14 would seem a "better option for the team," as a general election will "pull a better turnout" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 11/10).
WHAT'S YOUR E.T.A.? Warriors co-Owner Joe Lacob, when asked if an arena could be completed by '17, said, "I do. I'm an optimist. There are people who, from day one, said it's not going to be possible. No one ever said it's going to be easy. ... This is not just a condominium project or something like that. This is a civic gift, in many ways. It's something that all of the people can use, not just the Warriors. Not everyone is going to agree on this, but we think the majority of San Franciscans support this." He added of alternate arena plans, "We're trying to make [Oracle Arena] better every day, spending millions every summer to improve it. Because we also recognize there is a possibility we'll be there longer. If it is, it is, and we'll make the best of it. That's certainly an alternative plan, to stay where we are. There are alternative sites, though it's very hard to find a site in the Bay Area that can accommodate a building like this, with good public transportation" (CSNBAYAREA.com, 11/11).