San Francisco Mayor threatens UCSF Hospital at Mission Bay — play ball for Warriors or else!

Opponents of an 11th hour proposal by the the City of San Francisco and the Golden State Warriors of the NBA to shoe horn a new arena and entertainment complex into the Mission Bay development today revealed leaked documents in which San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee threatens UCSF Hospital at Mission Bay with economic sanctions if it does not play ball for the Warriors and support the last minute arena project.

The correspondence (below) between UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood and Mayor Ed Lee expresses the Chancellor’s concerns about parking and traffic impacts of the proposed Warriors arena, and then illustrates the Mayor’s heavy-handed and threatening response. Mayor Lee notes investments in the area by the SF Giants, UCSF, Mission Bay neighbors and (eventually) revenue from the Warriors event center. He then (Sec #5) explains that each property’s “fair share contribution toward public infrastructure,” will be scrutinized, (Sec #6) pointedly referring to the UCSF footprint in the area and its tax exempt status… (more)

The Mission Bay Master Plan never envisioned a entertainment center of the scale proposed for the Warriors Arena

The Mission Bay Master Plan never envisioned a entertainment center of the scale proposed for the Warriors Arena

We somehow missed this story earlier, but it does seem pertinent now. Maybe why the Ethics Commission decided to put Prop I on the ballot so we can at least follow the money trail.

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