San Francisco Department of Elections Certifies Initiative Condemning SF City Hall in Golden State Warriors Move from Oakland to San Francisco
SAN 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.”
About the Good Neighbor Coalition:
The Good Neighbor Coalition is working to promote greater respect for loyal sports fans and communities, including our Oakland neighbors, and to ensure that an incompatible entertainment venue doesn’t spell disaster for patient care, medical research and health services in San Francisco. The coalition is a 501(c)(4) non-profit. Please visit us at: www.goodneighborcoalition.org.