The San Francisco board of supervisors unanimously approved the environmental impact report for the proposed Golden State Warriors arena last night, moving that $1 billion project a step closer to completion. A recently released poll by arena opponents found that less than half of city registered voters now support the plan, down from 61% support in a team-commissioned poll in July — though it’s always possible that wording differences in the two surveys are to blame, that is if you even think that polls still have any validity in a world where no one has landlines anymore and those who do seldom answer them.
The Warriors owners would be paying the full cost of arena construction plus land costs plus property taxes (no hidden tax kickbacks here), so opposition is mostly on the grounds that the plan would create traffic problems and allow too-tall development around the arena to help repay its costs. All of which are legitimate concerns, but don’t change the fact that this would be a very fair deal for San Francisco in terms of the funding, at least. The next step is probably a court battle over whether the EIR was properly conducted, which seldom ends up overturning these kinds of rulings, but this being California, one should never say never.