Wednesday, June 26, 2013

State Senate Committee Slows Down Fast-Break On S.F. Arena For The Warriors

A state Senate committee threw the brakes on a bill by San Francisco Assemblyman Phil Ting that would pave the way for a waterfront arena in The City for the Golden State Warriors.

The Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee insisted AB 1273 not bypass conditions of the state Tidelands Act for approving the project proposed for Piers 30-32. The Sacramento Bee reports:
As proposed and approved by the Assembly, Assembly Bill 1273 would have had the Legislature bypass local and regional authorities to authorize use of publicly owned tidelands for the project, which also includes a large retail and office complex. Proponents say the project would generate new business for San Francisco and pay for improvement of a deteriorating block of piers.

However, the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee insisted that the decision on use of tidelands - without which the arena cannot proceed - would be made later in the project approval process by the State Lands Commission and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) after local studies and hearings.
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan testified before the senate committee Tuesday, said the report. Ting’s bill passed the Assembly last month, but without the entire East Bay delegation and fellow San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano.

Interestingly, as talk of a ballpark for the A’s near Jack London Square at Howard Terminal again sparked up Tuesday, the same regulatory hurdles regarding the waterfront arena in San Francisco could be also applied to any ballpark on the opposite side of the bay.


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