Opponents of Warriors Proposed S.F. Arena Win Another Court Victory

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Judge Rules Transit Advocacy Group Can Join Litigation Opposing Mission Bay Arena

Major Hearing on Mission Bay Alliance Lawsuits this Friday in S.F. Superior Court Against Warriors, City of San Francisco

Business Wire Mission Bay Alliance June 15, 2016 2:11 PM

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

One of the leading San Francisco transit advocacy groups can join opponents of proposed Golden State Warriors Arena as a Plaintiff in the litigation to keep the arena out of Mission Bay, according to a ruling by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Garrett Wong.

Judge Wong ruled Thursday that SaveMuni, a dedicated association of transit activists, environmentalists and neighborhood leaders, will be allowed to legally join the fight against the Golden State Warriors.

The lawsuit against the Warriors proposed arena, which goes to trial this Friday, June 17 at 9:30 a.m. in Department 503, argues that San Francisco city officials violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and other laws by not properly considering alternative locations for the arena and by failing to adequately address the project’s environmental impacts, such as traffic, air quality, and noise. It also argues that the City of San Francisco broke its own development rules and limits under Proposition “M.”

“We are pleased that Judge Wong has allowed SaveMuni to join in this critically important lawsuit,” said SaveMuni spokesperson Jerry Cauthen. “An arena in Mission Bay would cause severe traffic and parking impacts as well as decades of delay in getting the Caltrain trains into downtown San Francisco and we will do everything in our power to stop this from happening.”

SaveMuni – an all-volunteer association of transit activists, environmentalists, neighborhood leaders, and citizens working to improve Muni and other transit services throughout San Francisco – filed a motion last month to formally join the Mission Bay Alliance and other opponents as a plaintiff in its case to protect the Mission Bay neighborhood from the traffic and other adverse environmental impacts of the proposed 18,500-seat basketball arena.

Cauthen said the group was moved to join the case in San Francisco Superior Court after the City unveiled its ill-conceived plan to shift the existing Caltrain alignment to a much less accessible, and much costlier alignment under Third Street, in order to accommodate Mission Bay developers.

“We were shocked and outraged to discover SF City Hall’s plan to derail decades of transit improvements, all for a sports arena,” Cauthen said. “We share the views of many environmentalists and transit activists throughout the city who are deeply concerned over City Hall’s willingness to delay the long awaited Caltrain extension for decades while it sorts out what it wants to do in Mission Bay.” … (more)

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