The Mission Bay Alliance group that opposes building a Warriors arena in Mission Bay is threatening to take legal action if UC San Francisco does not dissolve an agreement that opponents claim strips UCSF of the ability to seek remedies for any damage caused by the arena.
Lawyers of the alliance sent a letter Thursday to UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood, warning that the memorandum of understanding between the university and the Warriors that was executed Oct. 7, a day before the Warriors finalized their purchase of the 11-acre property at Third and 16th streets from Salesforce.com, eliminates many of UCSF’s rights related to the arena.
That means if there are traffic issues, like the overlap of a Warriors game with a nurses’ shift change at UCSF in the evening, for example, the university is legally unable to take the issue to court, said Josh Schiller of the law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP that represents the alliance.
“This is something the university has done that we think violates the public’s interest and the taxpayers’ interest,” Schiller said.
The appeal highlights numerous concerns with the project, namely that events at the arena will create traffic gridlock that won’t be eased by some $60 million in transit improvements planned for the area. The project site is located across the street from UCSF’s three new hospitals, and just south of AT&T Park and the San Francisco Police Department’s new headquarters.
UCSF officially endorsed the arena after city officials agreed to numerous transportation improvements, including the establishment of a Mission Bay Transportation Improvement Fund to pay for more Muni light rail vehicles and traffic officers, among other efforts to mitigate traffic, with revenue from the Warriors arena.