Governor Brown Signs Warriors Bill

Governor Brown Signs Warriors Bill SAN FRANCISCO, September 27 - Today, legislation by Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown that will transform 13 acres of polluted and nearly unusable San Francisco waterfront at Piers 30-32 and create thousands of local jobs.

Governor Brown's signature caps a long effort to resolve many issues around Piers 30-32, including guaranteeing public access and amenities needed to serve the waterfront public trust. The bill, AB 1273, authorizes the State Lands Commission to approve a proposal that would privately finance restoration and revitalization of the property by the Golden State Warriors, and includes construction of a new arena for the franchise. In constructing this multi-purpose venue, the Golden State Warriors have agreed to hiring local residents per the San Francisco Local Hiring Policy for Construction.

A broad coalition of San Francisco community groups came together to support this bill, including Brightline Defense, A. Philip Randolph Institute, Mission Hiring Hall, Charity Cultural Services Center, and Sustainable Futures. These groups represented environmental justice (EJ) communities of San Francisco, often beset by longtime environmental and socioeconomic issues on the city's southeastern waterfront. In addition to cleaning up and rebuilding the dilapidated piers, AB 1273 offer key middle-class employment opportunities for EJ community residents. Moreover, the project must also go through a full California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review and meet other key environmental approval processes.

The project’s public amenities would include entirely restored and unobstructed public access to the waterfront portion of the property, maritime uses such as berthing for deep-draft vessels, a City fireboat station, water transit access, historic pier rehabilitation and additional pedestrian and bicycle pathways. In addition to a potential new 17,000-19,000 capacity arena for the Warriors, other trust-consistent uses would include retail and dining, and limited parking.

"This legislative process and other local processes ensure that the project will fulfill key public trust uses." said Eddie Ahn, Policy Counsel for Brightline Defense. "The passage of this bill is thus one more important step toward guaranteeing both a good venue design and good job opportunities for local low-income communities."

 Statement from Assemblymember Phil Ting

 CBS News Report


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