The vote to support Senate Bill 1527, authored by state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, followed a showdown between dozens of people on both sides of the issue who crowded into the supervisors’ Redwood City chambers. The bill would designate the Cow Palace as surplus state property, allowing Daly City officials to negotiate directly with state officials to develop the land.
Supporters of the bill say the Cow Palace is decaying and in debt and the land could be used to provide needed jobs and amenities to impoverished Bayshore neighborhood residents.
“Your support of this bill smells like the B.S. I used to shovel on the farm,” Papangellin said.
Anne LeClair, president and CEO of the San Mateo County Convention and Visitors Bureau, also urged supervisors to vote against the resolution. Each event held at the Cow Palace translates to more than 1,000 hotel rooms booked in the county, she said. It also provides restaurants beyond Daly City with needed revenue, she said.
But as Daly City officials pointed out, those visitors go home. Living in the shadow of the Cow Palace means living each day without a nearby grocery store or bank.