Online petition launched to squash Warriors arena in Mission Bay

Days after the Warriors took home their first NBA Finals championship in four decades, opponents of a proposed arena for the team in Mission Bay have launched an online petition seeking to have the project blocked.

The Mission Bay Alliance, which argues that traffic congestion and a lack of parking will impact the neighborhood and nearby hospitals, is asking members of the community also against the arena to sign a petition launched Thursday on Change.org.

Led by former UC San Francisco officials, the alliance emerged this spring and also recently announced it had retained a slew of prominent attorneys in preparation for a legal battle against the project.

City officials released the draft environmental impact report June 5, outlining the potential results of adding an 18,064-seat arena and office, retail, parking and open space on about 11 acres of waterfront land at Third and 16th streets.

In response to traffic and transportation concerns, as well as impacts on the adjacent UCSF hospital that opened in February, city officials are confident that nearly $40 million in transit improvements will mitigate the impacts of adding thousands of visitors to the neighborhood at a given time.

But the petition launched Thursday argues that the arena will do nothing but irreparably scar the neighborhood.

“We believe this will have a disastrous impact on the health and welfare of thousands of patients and families who rely on UCSF’s lifesaving services,” the petition states.

Last month, a coalition of neighbors, community-based organizations and small-business owners launched a separate petition in favor of the arena, stating that much community involvement has already helped shape the project to serve as a positive force in Mission Bay.

The public has until July 20 to comment on the draft EIR, and a public hearing is scheduled for June 30.

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