What do 98,000 yes votes mean

What do 98,000 yes votes mean? It means, I ain't even close to throwing in the towel on my prophesy: The Golden State Warriors will not play one game in San Francisco at the more than half-way completed construction of the new Chase Center Arena.

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Reading this SF Department of Elections final vote tally on Proposition I, ask why did 130,916 San Francisco voters vote "No" to, "... oppose any professional sports team ownership group attempting to avoid payment of an outstanding public debt?" Answer: They were told to vote no, instead of reading the 500-word ballot measure for themselves.

Next question: Why did three powerful San Francisco women, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, House Rep. Nancy Pelosi and new SF Mayor London Breed vote "No" on Proposition I? Answer: They too, were told to do so by the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee (SFDCCC) president, David Campos, instead of reading the measure for themselves. Or these three SF leaders and the entire SFDCCC simply support greedy billionaire professional sports team owners stiffing struggling communities for tens of millions of dollars in public debt after leaving the community that made the team owners richer. I find this too hard to accept as the real spirit of San Francisco.

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Restore Key Values, Vote Yes on Proposition I

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San Francisco MUNI Bus - Photo: munidiaries.com

 

By: Good Neighbor Coalition Member

San Francisco prides itself on promoting “Respect”, “Equality”, “Diversity”, “Environmentalism” and generally a “Progressive Agenda”.  But SF elected officials consistently have demonstrated hypocrisy by not practicing what they preach.

Prop I, “The Relocation of Professional Sports Teams”, will go before the voters in June – it is sponsored by the entirely-volunteer Good Neighbor Coalition.  A Yes vote will make it clear that residents want to uphold the principles that make this a world-class city by adopting a policy that “SF will not invite, entice, encourage, cajole or condone the relocation of any professional sports team that has previously established itself in another city and has demonstrated clear and convincing support from community and fans for at least 20 years, and is profitable.”

Prop I would also “adopt a policy that the City take a stand against any sports team ownership group attempting to avoid payment of an outstanding public debt.”

The Chase Center, is emblematic of what happens when the political machine in SF is lured by self-interest over what is in the best interest for "All."  The arena project is the result of political greed, manipulating documents and an ominous - “support the arena or else” - threat made by the late Mayor Ed Lee to the arena’s closest neighbor; the UCSF Medical Center and Children’s Hospital which opposed the project.  Without underhanded dealings, the Golden State Warriors 18,000-seat arena project would never have been approved for construction anywhere there is dirt in San Francisco – and especially feet away from a hospital in the Mission Bay neighborhood. 

At the same time, the Warriors are aiming to get out of paying a $40M public debt owed to Oakland for upgrades to Oracle arena.  This would leave Oakland, that supported the team for over 45 years, $40M short on funds for healthcare, safety, homelessness and other services.  (A 2016 study by San Francisco State professor Philip G. King determined, Oakland could lose 805 jobs and as much as $87 million a year in economic energy when the Warriors move 11 miles across the bay.)

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The City that prides itself on showing ‘Respect for All’ was involved in orchestrating the relocation of the Warriors from an economically less prosperous neighboring community and prioritizing the wants of deep pocketed NBA team owners over the needs of a public-serving medical center.

Allen Jones, founder of the Good Neighbor Coalition, the entirely volunteer group dedicated to calling out the injustice of the arena project, sees the clear racial thread.  The “Relocation of Professional Sports Teams” measure is about drawing attention to SF City Hall’s role in taking a team from a predominantly Black community.

This is the same City Hall that sold out the Black community of Bayview Hunters Point (video) for a mere $1 million, to the owners of the San Francisco 49ers who took a $1.3 billion stadium project out of San Francisco.  Now, this same political machine intends to get away with scheming to take a billion-dollar arena project from a predominantly Black Oakland neighborhood?  A world class city helps its neighbors; it does not help itself to its neighbor’s jewels.

And all the while, SF politicians continue to support this project with the leading argument of, “They were here first.” And going blank when asked, “Why did they leave”?

Marc Benioff, Salesforce CEO - whose name is on the Children’s Hospital and who sold the Warriors the arena land in Mission Bay famously said in a New York Times article, he felt the arena was important because he didn’t want to have to drive to see U2 in concert. Bono of U2 would not dare repeat that a man sold his property at over a $100 million discount just to attend his concerts 11 miles closer.

The 30-person governing body of local Democrats, the SF Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC), including Dianne Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi endorsed a ‘No’ vote on Prop I. The vote tally is evidence of a cover up for City Hall’s covetousness and greed. Not too many San Franciscans will believe Senator Feinstein and Rep. Pelosi ever had the time to read this local ballot measure.

The Warriors PR machine would have everyone believe that SF overwhelmingly supports this project.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  The California Nurses Association opposed it on the basis it would compromise patient care.

All environmental groups have opposed it on environmental and social justice grounds. Over 20 noted UCSF faculty and health researchers signed a letter to Mayor Lee, resolute against the project. UCSF’s Chancellor sent numerous communications to City Hall with the question: “why are you prioritizing a for profit NBA franchise?”

To promote the arena prior to the Board of Supervisors vote in 2015, the Warriors and the tech cadre, in partnership with SF City Hall, pressured UCSF to publicly support the project.   Following memos from Ed Lee to UCSF, no dissention was allowed on campus.   That was UC’s pat response, “we can't have opposition to this project on campus”.  As part of the UC System, the epicenter of Free Speech, it was unimaginable that students, faculty and staff members were prohibited from voicing their opinions.

Without interference from SF City Hall, this would not have happened.

Values such as “Diversity”, “Equality”, “Environmentalism “and “Respect for All” – permeate most of San Francisco life, but get cloudy the closer one gets to City Hall.  We can try to shrug off this single-minded focus on money from the business people - but we can’t shrug it off when elected officials are involved. 

Nearly 15,000 SF voters agreed and signed the petition to successfully put this measure “The Relocation of Professional Sports Teams” on the ballot.

It’s a referendum on past conduct and sends a message that San Francisco’s value system doesn’t support hypocrisy; be it brazen as in this arena project, or in typical City Hall orchestrated fashion of secrecy.  

A “YES” Vote Means: If you vote “yes,” you want to make it City policy not to encourage professional sports teams from other cities to move to San Francisco and to take a stand against any sports team ownership group attempting to avoid payment of an outstanding public debt.

A “NO” Vote Means: If you vote “no,” you do not want to adopt these City policies.

Vote YES on Prop I and remind SF City Hall, respect for all includes our neighbors.

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A Metphorical SF City Hall Hate Crime against Oakland, CA

As a resident of San Francisco since 1960, I’ve seen more than enough of San Francisco City Hall’s cowardice, hypocrisy, indifference toward its Black communities and brazen City Hall racism.

Now, I see where SF City Hall is doing the same to our neighbor Oakland, CA with how city officials orchestrated the new arena for the Golden State Warriors, Chase Center in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco.

I will always love San Francisco, but for decades its politics have been a metaphorical hate crime against its Black citizens. Proposition I, “Relocation of Professional Sports Teams” is intended to expose this evil through the democratic process. But top SF Democrats are intent on condoning this evil with their unanimous cover up vote “No’ recommendation of the measure during a March 29, 2018 committee meeting.

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Photo: Tim Redmond 48 Hills March 29, 2018

SF Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC), the governing body of the local Democratic tricked two of the party’s top SF Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi to sign on to their unanimous (30 top SF democrats) vote “No” recommendation for Proposition I. Exhibit A that a cover up is the plan to defeat Prop. I, is the final vote tally But will it work?

Chase Center, is the result of political greed, manipulating documents and the, support the arena or else, threat made by the late Mayor Ed Lee to the arena’s closest neighbor; the new UCSF Medical Center and Children’s Hospital who organically opposed the arena project. Without these underhanded dealings, the Golden State Warriors 18,000-seat arena project would never have been approved for construction anywhere there is dirt in San Francisco – and especially feet away from a hospital in the Mission Bay neighborhood.

Adding insult to injury, the Warriors are suing the City of Oakland to avoid paying a $40 Million debt owed for renovations on Oracle arena.  Arbitration is scheduled for July/August 2018. Ceasing to pay on this debt six years before the end of their Oracle bond agreement with the excuse the team will not be using Oracle beginning 2019 would result in a major reduction of needed public services for Oakland including for: education, healthcare, homelessness, and public safety.

A 2016 study by San Francisco State professor Philip G King determined, Oakland could lose 805 jobs and as much as $87 million a year in economic energy when the Warriors move 11 miles across the bay. He said his estimate, “might have been low.”

I wrote Proposition I, as a fed-up sports fan, to shed light on the ugly side of professional sports and the uglier side of SF politics. Many of the tasteless tactics/tools of greed, indifference and racism used to help the Warriors build a new arena in San Francisco are documented on my website: http://goodneighborcoalition.org

How did SF City Hall succeed with orchestrating a new SF arena for the Warriors?  First, SF City Hall and its associates went to work by greasing and polishing the rusty tools with an un-holy or covetous spirit. Sprinkled in enough deceit to trick gullible White San Franciscans into believing most of The City was supportive, and assumed; based on the stereo type, “Black on Black crime”, all Black San Franciscans would be okay with stealing from a Black community of Oakland.

They might have gotten away with their scheme scot-free, if it were not for the fact, I was paying attention. This is the same City Hall that sold out the Black community of Bayview Hunters Point for a mere $1 million to the owners of the San Francisco 49ers who took a $1.3 billion stadium project out of San Francisco. Now, they intend to get away with taking a billion-dollar arena project from an Oakland neighborhood?

I collected and turned in to the SF Department of Elections 14766 signatures; from mostly White San Franciscans for a ballot measure I called, “Thou shall not Covet”, which has been certified and designated, Proposition I. On average, two thousand people a week signed the 500-word petition that ends with: take a stand against any sports team ownership group attempting to avoid payment of an outstanding public debt.

The measure does not stop the project, it condemns it. And if San Francisco voters agree with my position, it will then trigger a phase 2, if you will, to remind SF City Hall what it means to be a real San Franciscan or a world-class city. “A world-class city helps its neighbors, it does not help itself to its neighbor’s jewels.”

Proposition “I” - would adopt a Policy; a guiding principle, that: San Francisco will not invite, entice, encourage, cajole or condone the relocation of any professional sports team that has previously established itself in another city and has demonstrated clear and convincing support from community and fans for at least 20 years and is profitable.

This measure would also adopt a policy that the City take a stand against any sports team ownership group attempting to avoid payment of an outstanding public debt.

Per the SF Elections Department -- A “YES” Vote Means: If you vote “yes,” you want to make it City policy not to encourage professional sports teams from other cities to move to San Francisco and to take a stand against any sports team ownership group attempting to avoid payment of an outstanding public debt.

Per the SF Elections Dept -- A “NO” Vote Means: If you vote “no,” you do not want to adopt these City policies.

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A “Yes” vote on Proposition I will send a clear message to team owners that San Franciscans are fed up with owners of professional sports teams who disrespect loyal fans with impunity. The current ownership group purchase the NBA franchise for $450 million in 2010. Seven years later it was valued at $2.6 billion. Now the owners have no more use for the Black community where this all took place. Never mind the tasteless act of moving 11 miles and its attempt to stiff that same community for a $40 million debt.

A “Yes” vote on Proposition I will send a clear message to SF City Hall that San Franciscans want no part of a covetous, greedy and hypocritical form of governance. This includes knowledge of a San Francisco tourism industry of $10 billion annually compared with an $800 million annual tourism for Oakland and City Hall seeing nothing wrong with grabbing more, when The City has so much already. And beginning in 1981, and still going strong, the AIDS crisis is being fought and won with UCSF leading the fight. And it is a reprehensible act to threaten UCSF for not being on board with a basketball arena.

A “Yes” vote on Proposition I condemns the DCCC’s leading SF democrats for their lack of leadership in standing against professional sports greed but instead, aligning itself with outrageous conduct.

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A ‘No’ vote signals continued support for sports team owners’ indifference towards loyal fans and communities.

The use of top SF Democrats, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and U.S House of Representatives minority leader, Nancy Pelosi to hide this covetous evil against a Black community is a clear sign of desperation by the DCCC. But it will be up to the voters of San Francisco who will decide if they condone or condemn what appears to be a hate crime.

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Vote Yes on Proposition I

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Matthew left and Gregory, SF Department of Elections on Monday March 12, 2018.

Vote Yes on Proposition I.

The Way It Is Now: The City’s professional sports teams include the San Francisco Giants baseball team. The San Francisco 49ers football team plays its home games in Santa Clara.

The Golden State Warriors basketball team currently plays its home games in Oakland, but will start playing its home games in San Francisco when the Chase Center, a multipurpose arena under construction in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, is completed. This arena is expected to be open for the Warriors’ 2019-20 season.

The Proposal: Proposition I would adopt a policy providing that the City will not invite, entice, encourage, cajole or condone the relocation of any professional sports team that has previously established itself in another city and has demonstrated clear and convincing support from community and fans for at least 20 years and is profitable.

This measure would also adopt a policy that the City take a stand against any sports team ownership group attempting to avoid payment of an outstanding public debt.

A "YES" Vote Means: If you vote “yes,” you want to make it City policy not to encourage professional sports teams from other cities to move to San Francisco and to take a stand against any sports team ownership group attempting to avoid payment of an outstanding public debt.

A "NO" Vote Means: If you vote “no,” you do not want to adopt these City policies.

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Warriors Move To The City Will Be On Ballot Before SF Voters

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) – A group is building a case to try and stop San Francisco from getting Oakland’s Warriors.

The Good Neighbor Coalition plans to put a ballot measure before San Francisco voters on June 5th designed to survey them on whether they want the Warriors in Mission Bay.

“This city (Oakland) economically needs this team, we need it, San Francisco does not,” says Jim Erickson, President of Direct Help. “I want the mayoral candidates to comment on this: how do you feel about taking a city in need that’s right next to you?”

The ballot measure needs 50 percent plus one to pass.

Organizers admit that even if it does pass, it’s more symbolic than binding.

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Good Neighbor Coalition Measure Qualifies for Ballot

San Francisco Department of Elections Certifies Initiative Condemning SF City Hall in Golden State Warriors Move from Oakland to San Francisco

Cert_letter_Sports_Teams.pngSAN FRANCISCO, October 26, 2017 – San Francisco’s Department of Elections has certified the validity of the signatures needed to place on the June 2018 ballot a measure (“Relocation of Professional Sports Teams”) that its proponents believe will set the record straight: San Franciscans want no part in taking the Golden State Warriors from their long-time home court in Oakland.

“A world class city helps its neighbors; it does not help itself to its neighbor’s jewels,” says Good Neighbor Coalition founder Allen Jones. Jones, a San Francisco resident since 1960 and a Warriors fan since 1975, says he and many San Franciscans are ashamed of the tactics employed by San Francisco City Hall to ‘acquire’ the Warriors from Oakland.

The new arena is currently being constructed across the street from one of the country’s top public-serving medical centers – where patients need access to critical care around the clock. “If ever there was a lose-lose project, this is it,” Jones says.

The coalition’s website, goodneighborcoalition.org, invites all, especially those who call themselves San Franciscans, to, “Question the Move.” The Coalition, made up of Warriors fans and community leaders on both sides of the Bay, looks forward to reminding San Francisco City officials what it means to be a good neighbor as well as reminding the NBA how and how not to treat loyal fans.

Jones adds, “The stench of political threats and political racism will be highlighted in a campaign leading up to the June 2018 Election.”

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PRESS RELEASE: Signatures Submitted for SF Ballot Measure

For Immediate Release

October 18, 2017

Contact: Allen Jones, Good Neighbor Coalition

Signatures Submitted for San Francisco Ballot Measure Condemning Taking Warriors from Oakland

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- Measure for June 2018 Election Pledges Not to Entice Teams to Leave Their Loyal Fans -

San Francisco, CA – October 18, 2017 – The Good Neighbor Coalition, today announced that it has turned in 14,766 signatures to the San Francisco Elections Department for a June 2018 ballot measure that gives San Franciscans a voice on the relocation of professional sports teams.

“This ballot measure is a stern rebuke of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and City Hall for their roles in enabling and encouraging the Golden State Warriors to abandon their four-decade Oakland home for a new arena in San Francisco,” said Good Neighbor Coalition Founder Allen Jones. “The measure calls out San Francisco city leaders for their political tactics; including the mayor's threat to the entire medical community of UCSF to get in line or else, and shameless promotion of an arena as the Mayor’s ‘Legacy project' to justify actions that are beneath the dignity of a world class city.”

 

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PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release                                                               

June 21, 2017

Contact: Allen Jones, Good Neighbor Coalition

Coalition Formed to Keep the Warriors in Oakland

San Francisco, CA – June 21, 2017 – The Good Neighbor Coalition today announced it has started to collect signatures and will work within the legislative system to allow voters to decide whether or not it is correct for the City of San Francisco to encourage a move by the Warriors from their home court in Oakland to a site in San Francisco across the street from a children’s hospital and medical center.  The Good Neighbor Coalition is a group of citizens from both sides of the Bay who believe that voters should be involved with planning decisions that would have a major impact on their communities.  The Coalition believes San Franciscans have concluded that the deal developed by SF City Hall and the sports team’s owners is out of character – no city worth its salt would disrespect its closest neighbor and simultaneously push a plan that would interfere with public health.  

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Top Scientists Oppose Arena Site

Top scientists oppose arena site in an open letter to Mayor Edwin M. Lee: 

Dear Mayor Lee,

We write as faculty members at UCSF who are also members of the US National

Academy of Sciences. Many of us either are, or have previously been, leaders on this Campus. We have seen this University rise to true excellence over the course of the past 40 years, and we look forward to an even greater future for UCSF and the exciting private biotech and medical organizations that it has attracted to Mission Bay. But we are seriously concerned that this future is threatened by the plan to construct a very large sports, entertainment, and event arena in our midst.

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HAPPY FATHER'S DAY 2017

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Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner

Father holding son while he takes in the festivities below from in a tree at a parade in downtown Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, June 15th, 2017 to celebrate the Golden State Warriors becoming 2017 NBA Champions.

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