Court OKs Warriors Event Center

City Attorney's Office team for the Warriors Event Center project.
City Attorney’s Office team for the Warriors Event Center project.

Court of Appeal unanimously rejects challenge to approvals for the project.

A panel of appellate court judges today unanimously upheld a lower court’s decision affirming the city’s environmental review and approval process for the Golden State Warriors event center in San Francisco, resoundingly rejecting arguments from a small group of opponents trying to stop the project.

The 3-0 ruling by the First District Court of Appeal of the State of California upheld a Superior Court ruling and allows the Warriors to move ahead on breaking ground on the project.

“We’re very pleased with the Court of Appeal’s thoughtful and comprehensive ruling,” City Attorney Dennis Herrera said. “It shows that a rigorous environmental review was conducted. [Read more]

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