Sacramento basketball arena’s now a political football

By Dan Walters : – excerpt

What is it about sports arenas that makes politicians bend over backward to exempt them from regulatory hurdles?
Two years ago, lawmakers passed and Gov. Jerry Brown signed a hastily drafted bill to give a proposed professional football stadium in downtown Los Angeles a fast track through the California Environmental Quality Act’s notoriously dense, time-consuming reviews…
Interestingly, development of two recent major sports venue projects, the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park on the city’s waterfront and the San Francisco 49ers’ new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, now under construction, went through without fast-tracking.
However, politicians are all over another big project – a proposed basketball arena near AT&T Park on the San Francisco waterfront for the Golden State Warriors, who now play in Oakland…
Last week, in anticipation of a showdown hearing in the Senate, Ting amended the bill to shift control of the tidelands issue from the San Francisco Port Commission to the State Lands Commission. But the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, which regulates development on the bay, voted to oppose the Ting bill(more)


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