San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee waves to fans during the Golden State Warriors and the City of Oakland parade honoring the 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif. Thursday, June 15, 2017. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco City Hall does not speak for all San Franciscans in its effort to uproot the Warriors basketball team from its 45 years within the Oakland community. Not only is the SF government helping facilitate the move but is allowing an 18,000-seat entertainment center to be built across the street from a Children’s hospital and medical research center. It is an embarrassment that SF Mayor Ed Lee is calling this abominable situation, his “Legacy Project.”
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and City Hall would not dare answer key questions below in an attempt to justify bringing the Warriors to The City. But the Good Neighbor Coalition will ask the questions. Then the coalition intends to take these and other questions to the voters and let the public decide, with the belief, no thinking person would believe this was a good move that will help either Oakland or San Francisco.
1.Legacy – How does San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee; proclaiming, “My legacy project”, of bringing the Warriors to San Francisco trump the 45-year legacy of the Warriors in Oakland?
2. Oakland vs. SF Economy – SF has a $14 billion-dollar annual tourism industry. Oakland has an $800 million annual tourism industry. Why does San Francisco City Hall feel it is entitled to take one of its neighbor’s jewels?
3. Blatant Hypocrisy – Mayor Ed Lee made a big deal out of warning the restaurant chain Chick-Fil-A in a tweet, not to bring its business to San Francisco as the restaurant chain apparently discriminates against the LGBT community. However, he has publicly said, "...I'm not going to ever apologize for grabbing somebody else's team. Someone did it to us." Why not at least apologize for an immature excuse to grabbing a team from a struggling Black community in Oakland?
4. 49er Parallel – Mayor Lee said he, "Almost crying" when SF lost the 49ers. So why Mr. Mayor do you show no empathy for the Oakland community employees who stand to lose a lot more than a professional sports team partly by your actions?
5. Calling out the NBA – When Donald Sterling, former Los Angeles Clippers owner, was heard making racist remarks, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver moved quickly to take a stand and forced Sterling to sell the team (4 months). Why does the NBA Commissioner support the Warriors moving from a recognized Black community to San Francisco? And why would the NBA Commissioner have a name, “NBA Cares” as its charitable arm, but offer no care at all to a Black community that will be most negatively impacted by the Warriors move?
6. S.F. Site Has Almost NO Public Transit and Interferes with Health Services - Why would the owners of the Golden State Warriors want to take a team from a significant site in Oakland where there are multiple public transit options, plenty of parking and ample land? With a pick of spots on between 153 and 800 acres of land to rebuild if they choose, why try to move to an 11-acre site at a much higher cost in S.F., located across the street from a Children’s Hospital and Medical Center?
7. Leaving Oakland Holding the Bag - Why would the current Warriors ownership group, who bought the team for $450 million in 2010 and today, according to Forbes is worth “$2.6 billion” insist on stiffing the city of Oakland and the county of Alameda for the unpaid portion of current home, Oracle arena, upgrades estimated at $60 million?