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.

Read the whole letter

 

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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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BIG THANK YOU TO OUR FIRST DONOR

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A big thank you to James Erickson and son. Jim was our first donor. After hearing what we were embarking on, he dug deep and sent $5,000.00 to our GoFundMe "Stop the Warriors from moving" page. He did not stop there. In addition he provided these T-Shirts 

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We Mourn those lost to gun violence on June 14, 2017

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Game 5 2:30pm Parking scene

The quiet before the storm.

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Good Neighbor Coalition forms to keep Warriors in Oakland!

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Photo: Santiago Mejia, The Chronicle

The Golden State Warriors’ home court has been in Oakland for over 45 seasons and it will remain that way with your help.

From those of us who remember when former Warriors head coach, Al Attles jumped out of his seat and onto the court in support of his star player, in the Warriors 1975 championship victory, to those who celebrated after the 2015 championship, we do not have to settle for the Warriors leaving Oakland, CA.

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