The Golden State Warriors will delay construction of their Mission Bay arena by at least a year, hoping to move to San Francisco by the fall of 2019, said Warriors chief operating officer Rick Welts last month in an interview with the San Jose Mercury News. Welts’ announcement came after the Mission Bay Alliance filed a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) suit against the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (OCII) and the City and County of San Francisco in Sacramento Superior Court in early January. The Alliance filed a separate suit against the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in Alameda Superior Court late last year.
In the CEQA suit, the Alliance argues that OCII, the City, and numerous municipal agencies, including the San Francisco Planning Department and Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA), violated CEQA and the Mission Bay South Redevelopment Plan by not considering other locations for the arena and responding poorly to traffic, air quality, and noise concerns. In the suit against UCSF, the Alliance asserts that Chancellor Sam Hawgood acted illegally in reaching an agreement with the Warriors to provide land to the team. According to the Alliance, Hawgood signed a contract without approval from the UC Board of Regents that’ll pose serious health and safety dangers to Bay Area residents… (more)