Warriors case in judge’s hands now

The City Attorney's Office's starting lineup in the Warriors Event Center litigation includes (from left to right): Deputy City Attorney Jim Emery, Chief Assistant City Attorney Jesse Smith, and Deputy City Attorneys John Malamut and Brian Crossman.
The City Attorney’s Office’s starting lineup in the Warriors Event Center litigation includes (from left to right): Deputy City Attorney Jim Emery, Chief Assistant City Attorney Jesse Smith, and Deputy City Attorneys John Malamut and Brian Crossman.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera calls event center and mixed-use project ‘an important civic priority’—which has been thoroughly scrutinized, and overwhelmingly supported

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Garrett L. Wong heard arguments on Friday, June 17, on the merits of consolidated lawsuits by activists seeking to derail the Golden State Warriors event center and mixed-use development project in the City’s Mission Bay neighborhood.  

Judge Wong said he expects to issue his ruling by July 18.

The widely-supported Warriors project has won virtually unanimous support from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and an array of city commissions charged with planning, transportation, entertainment, public utilities and public works responsibilities.  The Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure gave its own unanimous backing following an exhaustive environmental review process, and Governor Jerry Brown has certified the development as an Environmental Leadership Project—one of only six projects statewide to meet or exceed rigorous economic stimulus and environmental building standards. 

“The Warriors project is an important civic priority for San Francisco, and I intend to defend it aggressively from attacks that seek to derail it,” San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera has said.  “The fact is that this worthwhile project has been thoroughly scrutinized under the law, and it has won overwhelming support at every step in the process—including from its neighbors.” [Read more…]


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