San Francisco Mayor threatens UCSF Hospital at Mission Bay — play ball for Warriors or else!

The ongoing corruption scandal in San Fran now has Shrimp Boy (indicted) complaining that Mayor Ed lee was not indicted for his role in the bribery. Is the Mayor corrupt? We have him threatening a hospital to support a disastrous location for a basketball arena for billionaires—how many of those owners donated to Ed Lee? Is it the role of government to promote billionaires—the crony capitalists against a hospital that protects and saves lives?

Plain as day, Mayor Ed Lee threatens UCSF Hospital at Mission Bay, that unless it supports the City’s plans to bring the Warriors’ proposed arena to Mission Bay, the City will aggressively seek compensation from UCSF and attempt to squeeze every million dollars it can out of the hospital. This is clearly a Chicago-style threat and ham-fisted politics intended to strong arm the Chancellor into supporting the City’s and Warriors’ plans.

The Democrat Mayor wants to force this community based non profit hospital into charging more for its services, or cut back on services to the community. To Democrat Ed Lee billionaires with a basketball team are more important than a teenager with cancer. Shame on the people of San Fran—tolerance of blackmail and crony capitalism.

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San Francisco Mayor threatens UCSF Hospital at Mission Bay — play ball for Warriors or else!

by BGR, Contra Costa Bee, 8/6/15

Opponents of an 11th hour proposal by the City of San Francisco and the Golden State Warriors of the NBA to shoe horn a new arena and entertainment complex into the Mission Bay development today revealed leaked documents in which San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee threatens UCSF Hospital at Mission Bay with economic sanctions if it does not play ball for the Warriors and support the last minute arena project.

The correspondence (below) between UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood and Mayor Ed Lee expresses the Chancellor’s concerns about parking and traffic impacts of the proposed Warriors arena, and then illustrates the Mayor’s heavy-handed and threatening response. Mayor Lee notes investments in the area by the SF Giants, UCSF, Mission Bay neighbors and (eventually) revenue from the Warriors event center. He then (Sec #5) explains that each property’s “fair share contribution toward public infrastructure,” will be scrutinized, (Sec #6) pointedly referring to the UCSF footprint in the area and its tax exempt status.

Worse, Mayor Lee clearly confuses the public-legal and social benefit roles and obligations of a not-for-profit hospital with the Warriors’ for-profit, commercial enterprise. For the sake of a personal “legacy,” not only does Lee threaten UCSF’s exemption from property, parking, transportation and other taxes, but insinuates that taxation on non-profit institutions ought to support for-profit schemes like the Warriors entertainment center, not the other way around.

UCSF-CCSF Mission Bay Warriors Arena Correspondance

Additionally, in a press release and news conference today, the Mission Bay Alliance released details of 50 violations of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), including severe traffic congestion, blocked emergency access, and seismic safety threats, as part of the its filing to the City of San Francisco’s Planning Department. The Mission Bay Alliance is a coalition of UCSF stakeholders, donors, faculty, physicians and the working men and women of San Francisco who are concerned about the impact of the proposed Golden State Warriors’ stadium on the future of the vibrant community and medical campus at Mission Bay.

The Warriors’ proposal calls for more than 225 events at the 18,500 seat arena that provides only 200 parking spaces for visitors. According to Bruce Spaulding of the Mission Bay Alliance, the Warriors proposal is a “fatally flawed project that will gridlock traffic, threaten patient access to lifesaving care and be a disaster for the Mission Bay neighborhood, the hospitals and City as a whole.” Practically adjacent to the UCSF Hospital Emergency Room, street and crowd traffic will severely impact access to emergency treatment and cost lives, say opponents.

The Mission Bay Master Plan never envisioned a entertainment center of the scale proposed for the Warriors Arena

The Master Plan for Mission Bay Master Plan, located at Piers 30-32 south of AT&T Park, was developed over years of city and community involvement, and never had an arena component despite claims by Lee. Then in April of 2014 Warriors’ owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, shifted plans for a new arena from Oakland to San Francisco. The deal allows the Warriors walk away from Oakland and build on the new site without voter approval. The land for the proposed arena was purchased tech tycoon (Salesforce) Marc Benioff, long-time supporter of Ed Lee who sees the arena as his precious legacy project at any cost.

Opponents of the proposed Golden State Warriors’ arena and entertainment complex today called the project “fatally flawed,” citing more than 50 violations of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) including severe traffic congestion, blocked emergency access and seismic safety threats as part of the its filing today to the City of San Francisco’s Planning Department.

The Mission Bay Alliance said the City’s draft Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Warriors’ Arena in Mission Bay would create a traffic jam that would stretch from the Bay Bridge through SOMA, Dogpatch, and Potrero Hill all the way to Highway 101.

UCSF-CCSF Mission Bay Warriors Arena Correspondance

 

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