Mission Bay Alliance urges UCSF to dissolve Warriors arena agreement

By : sfexaminer – excerpt

The Mission Bay Alliance group that opposes building a Warriors arena in Mission Bay is threatening to take legal action if UC San Francisco does not dissolve an agreement that opponents claim strips UCSF of the ability to seek remedies for any damage caused by the arena.

Lawyers of the alliance sent a letter Thursday to UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood, warning that the memorandum of understanding between the university and the Warriors that was executed Oct. 7, a day before the Warriors finalized their purchase of the 11-acre property at Third and 16th streets from Salesforce.com, eliminates many of UCSF’s rights related to the arena.

That means if there are traffic issues, like the overlap of a Warriors game with a nurses’ shift change at UCSF in the evening, for example, the university is legally unable to take the issue to court, said Josh Schiller of the law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP that represents the alliance.

“This is something the university has done that we think violates the public’s interest and the taxpayers’ interest,” Schiller said.

The alliance has also appealed the final environmental impact report for the arena, which is scheduled to be heard by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday… (more)

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