Warriors’ Owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber Get Handed First Loss of Warriors’ Season
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco residents are growing increasingly concerned about traffic, parking and other problems related to the proposed Golden State Warriors Arena in Mission Bay, with 59 percent of registered voters in a recent poll opposing the arena once they learned the facts.
On Monday, the Mission Bay Alliance, a coalition of arena opponents, UCSF stakeholders and residents, released a poll of 540 registered San Francisco voters conducted by EMC Research that found the following:
Based on what they know today about the proposed arena plan in Mission Bay, fewer than half of voters say they support it:
Support – 49 percent
Oppose – 42 percent
Don’t know – 10 percent
This is a 12 percent drop from a Warriors’-commissioned poll released in July, which showed about 61 percent of residents supporting the proposal.
Once voters became aware of the facts surrounding the proposed arena and the expected regional impacts, including traffic gridlock, the lack of parking and clogged emergency access for adjacent UCSF hospitals, support for the arena plummeted even more:
Support – 38 percent
Oppose – 59 percent
Don’t know – 3 percent
Parking and traffic ranked as the two most problematic impacts, with 65 percent of voters concerned about traffic gridlock and 67 percent about a lack of parking in and around the arena.
Residents also aren’t happy about the proposed $60 million package to help mitigate overcrowding on public transportation related to the arena. About $29 million of the package would be funded by taxpayer money. The project also does little to alleviate the burden the arena will put on regional transit like BART and CalTrain.
When asked, most voters support restricting the use of public funds to offset impacts of private development projects, such as the proposed Warriors arena:
Support – 61 percent
Oppose – 32 percent
Don’t know – 7 percent
A majority of voters also support relocating the proposed arena from Mission Bay to Cesar Chavez/3rd Street, an alternative location proposed by the Mission Bay Alliance:
Support – 55 percent
Oppose – 38 percent
Don’t know – 8 percent
The message is clear: the more people learn about this project, the less they support it, said Pollster Alex Evans.
Despite the Warriors’ claims of surging support, there’s a lot of movement “and a lot of movement away from a Warriors arena in Mission Bay,” he said. “If I was on the Warriors’ side of this, I would be very nervous.”
“The public is starting to ask serious questions about the impact this massive arena will have on the quality of life in San Francisco,” said Bruce Spaulding of the Mission Bay Alliance, which commissioned the poll. “Support for an arena drops the more city residents learn about the project and understand the negative impact of an arena of this size for Mission Bay and San Francisco as a whole.”
The poll, which was conducted between Nov. 30 and Dec. 6 and has a margin of error of 4.2 percentage points, revealed that many voters are dissatisfied with the way the project has been handled by City officials, who have come under fire for jamming the project through the approval process without adequate time for full public review.
In fact, the poll shows voters believe the City is moving in the wrong direction.
When asked whether the City was moving in the “right direction” or was the “wrong track,” a majority said it’s on the wrong track:
Right direction – 35 percent
Wrong track – 52 percent
The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote Tuesday, Dec. 8 on an appeal by the Mission Bay Alliance of the project’s 5,000-page EIR and on the $60 million, taxpayer-funded transportation plan to help mitigate the project’s impacts on traffic and public transportation serving Mission Bay.
The Supervisors’ vote follows a record-fast, rubber stamp approval process that has allowed the ill-conceived project to sail through regulatory approvals without scrutiny. The Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (OCII) certified the project’s EIR on Nov. 3 – only 10 days after releasing the 5,000-page document to the public.
The Mission Bay Alliance appealed certification on Nov. 13, citing significant yet overlooked impacts, including traffic gridlock during the arena’s 225 annual events and the flawed transportation plan that commits the City to using the general fund to try to address traffic and public safety impacts.
“Support for this arena is plummeting, and we hope our elected leaders get the message in advance of making a major decision that will shape the future of this City,” Spaulding said. “The residents of San Francisco want a fair process – and given this project’s high stakes and devastating impacts, they deserve nothing less.”
About the Mission Bay Alliance
The Mission Bay Alliance is a coalition of UCSF stakeholders, donors, faculty, physicians and the working men and women of San Francisco who are concerned about the impact of the proposed Golden State Warriors’ stadium on the future of the vibrant community and medical campus at Mission Bay. The Alliance has joined a coalition of world-renowned scientists from UCSF and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the California Nurses Association in calling the proposed Warriors’ Arena a “disaster” for Mission Bay. For more information about the Mission Bay Alliance, visit www.missionbayalliance.org. Call 415.227.9700 for more information.