Notice of Intent to Circulate Petition
Notice is hereby given by the persons whose names appear hereon of their intention to circulate a Declaration of Policy petition within the City and County of San Francisco for the purpose of:
Establish a Declaration of Policy of: "Thou Shall Not Covet" to Make It Clear to All Owners of Professional Sports Teams that the City and County of San Francisco Will Not Endorse or Condone the Relocation of Any Team With an Extensive History in Another Location
Proponent: Allen Jones, May 5, 2017
The City Attorney has prepared the following title and summary of the chief purpose and points of the proposed measure:
RELOCATION OF PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAMS
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 multi-purpose arena under construction in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, is completed.
This measure 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 municipality 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 against any sports team ownership group that attempts to avoid payment of an outstanding public debt.