Dan W., of Sacramento, Calif., writes: “What is it about sports arenas that makes politicians bend over backward to exempt them from regulatory hurdles?”
Asked and answered.
So now that we have that covered — oh, wait, Dan W. actually has a snippet of information to convey about the Golden State Warriors‘ San Francisco arena plans:
One San Francisco assemblyman, Phil Ting, is carrying legislation that would allow the stadium to intrude on publicly owned tidelands. But San Francisco’s other assemblyman, Tom Ammiano, is opposed, and their split mirrors what’s happening in the city itself.
Actually, the assembly overwhelmingly passed the bill last month
— it’s in the state senate that it now faces opposition. If the bill fails to pass, then … well, something to do with oversight of the project not shifting from the Bay Conservation and Development Commission to the San Francisco Port Commission, but really, it’s California development politics, do you want to try to understand it? Just stick with “there’s a politician from San Francisco trying to make it easier for the Warriors to get around environmental oversights and build their arena, and another politician from San Francisco who really doesn’t want him to.” Or as Dan W. puts it, “a basketball arena has become a political football.” Because that’s why they pay him the big bucks.