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Peskin jumps into 49ers talks

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Board of Supervisors President AaronPeskin has jumped into negotiations with the San Francisco 49ers, meeting with the team’s owner and suggesting that more needs to be done to push forward promised development in the area of the team’s current stadium.

Peskin met with John York — who is threatening to move the team from The City to Santa Clara — on Thursday night for dinner. On Friday, he announced that he would introduce a resolution before the Board of Supervisors next week encouraging The City to move forward with housing and commercial development at Candlestick Point and the site of the former Hunters Point shipyard that is planned as part of a new stadium proposal for the team.

“All I’m saying is let’s continue with the planning and permit process,” Peskin said. “If, God willing, the 49ers are not able to put together their deal in Santa Clara, we’ll be able to welcome them with open arms. If not, we’ll have continued down the path of economic revitalization in The City’s southeast.”

Niners officials have been in negotiations with San Francisco to build a new stadium at Candlestick Point for nearly a decade. In November, however, York informed Mayor Gavin Newsom that The City’s plan for a new stadium was unworkable and the NFL franchise was instead planning to relocate next to the Great America amusement park.

Although the 49ers have agreed to resume stadium negotiations with San Francisco officials — who are now proposing to build the new stadium at the former site of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard — the team is still moving forward with talks with Santa Clara.

On Tuesday, York was part of a two-hour meeting with city officials, including Newsom, which all sides agreed were positive.

On Friday, York said the team continues to have “an open mind and [is] working with the legislative and executive branches in San Francisco government to determine if San Francisco can be a viable alternative for our stadium project.”

Efforts to develop Candlestick Point and the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard area have gone forward, including meetings with the Navy to discuss the environmental cleanup needs of the shipyard and transportation infrastructure, according to Jesse Blout, director of The City’s Economic and Workforce Development office.

Newsom’s spokesman Peter Ragone called Peskin’s efforts and pronouncements politically motivated.

“We’re making progress,” Ragone said.


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