Arena CAC bypassed – Request for your help to make it right
|November 12, 2012||Posted by jamie under Piers 30-32, Warriors Arena|
(Jamie writing): I am one of several members of the Piers 30-32 Citizens Advisory Committee, the primary public meeting venue for vetting details related to the Piers 30-32 Warriors Arena and Seawall Lot 330 hotel/condo/retail proposed developments.
If you want to save yourself some reading, please just (Inactive – no longer applicable, but thank you) CLICK THIS LINK TO CREATE AN EMAIL TO SEND TO OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS
There is a very important document called the Piers 30-32 Project Fiscal Feasibility Report (find a copy here (16MB PDF file)
http://www.sfgov3.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=3078 with other project files at www.sfgov.org/piers3032 ) which was released publicly less than 3 weeks ago.
This nearly 200 page document details the assumptions about revenues and costs to the City (that’s us) related to the Piers 30-32 project. If money is needed to mitigate traffic congestion, clear roadways for emergency response vehicles, direct traffic, add more police, clean up after events in our neighborhoods, and provide more transit, it should very well be documented here in the expenses of the Fiscal Feasibility report because this is the basis for the Term Sheet agreement between the City and the Warriors.
While the first few Piers 30-32 CAC meetings have been information presentations and more show than meaningful dialog between CAC members, this Fiscal Feasibility document represents the first true analysis of this proposed project that should have come before the CAC first thing in my opinion.
I believe most of the members of the CAC expect that such detailed information will come before the CAC prior to going to the Port Commission or Board of Supervisors for their consideration so that the community had adequate opportunity, via the CAC meetings, to have a dialogue and ask questions of City staff and the Warriors team about the information in the document.
I am very disappointed in what has actually occurred. No formal meeting of the CAC occurred with this Fiscal Feasibility document and details as the main topic.
This document bypassed the Piers 30-32 Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) and will be up for consideration at this Wednesday’s (11/14/2012) Board of Supervisors Budget Committee meeting at 11 a.m. at City Hall in the main legislative chamber, room 250 as item 7 on the agenda ( Agenda here:
It is tremendously important that neighbors who can attend the Board of Supervisors Budget Committee meeting this Wednesday, November 14th at 11 a.m. in room 250 at City Hall do so.
However, right now, (no longer applicable; thank you) I’m asking for your help to send an e-mail to members of the Board of Supervisors, their legislative aides, and Mayor Lee to express your disappointment as a community member that the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (MOEWD) did not first formally schedule a Piers 30-32 CAC meeting (or two – it is a 197 page document) to give the community’s CAC members and the community-at-large an opportunity to discuss the Piers 30-32 Fiscal Feasibility report. Please ask the recipients of your e-mail to make it right by delaying Wednesday’s Budget Committee vote on the Fiscal Feasibility report for 30-60 days so that the Piers 30-32 CAC has a fair opportunity to weigh in and to ask questions about the details in this very important document about the Warriors Arena proposal.
I have copied and pasted the contents of a letter that some members of the CAC will be sending to the Mayor, Port Commission, and Board of Supervisors on Tuesday around Noon (below the ======= marks below). Feel free to copy passages for your email.
The goal of your email is to make the elected officials know that the CAC was bypassed, we all (you and me) are unhappy that the CAC was bypassed, and we’d like them to delay any decisions until the CAC gets a fair opportunity to formally meet and discuss the Fiscal Feasibility report before it gets approved by the Board of Supervisors Budget Committee. That’s what we all expected to happen when this CAC was formed.
Please help me by emailing these recipients (no longer applicable, email addresses removed)
Here is the letter that some members of the CAC will be sending on Tuesday, 11/13/2012 at Noon:
Dear Mayor Lee, Supervisors, Ms. Cavillo, and Port Commissioners,
We community members who have been invited to consider the Piers 30-32 and Seawall Lot 330 proposed development projects as members of the Piers 30-32 Citizens Advisory Committee are writing to request changes to the process and consideration of the CAC’s advisory role regarding Piers 30-32 going forward. As discussed further below, we specifically request that consideration of the Fiscal Feasibility Report be continued for 30-60 days so that the CAC can review the Study and have some fundamental questions answered. We make these requests to further the goal of providing meaningful and robust community input on this important project. While we have been very patient and willing to work with the process, the fact that we were not given an opportunity to meet as a body and discuss the details in the Fiscal Feasibility Report prior to its consideration by the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee leaves us little choice other than voicing our dissatisfaction and disappointment with what was intended to be the primary vehicle for community input about the Warriors Arena project.
More specifically, our concerns and requests for change are:
• The CAC did not have a formally scheduled meeting to discuss the Fiscal Feasibility document and the details contained therein which is before the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee this Wednesday, November 14th. Since this report will form the basis of the development’s Term Sheet, we believe it is important for the CAC to be able to meet, to ask questions, and to get answers from City staff to our questions before the report is considered for approval by the BOS Budget and Finance Committee. We ask that the Budget and Finance Committee continue their consideration of the Fiscal Feasibility report for a hearing date that follows at least two Piers 30-32 CAC meetings which will first introduce the document and will second hold a meeting where the CAC receives answers to our questions that originate from the first meeting.
• The CAC meetings seem to be scheduled on an ad hoc basis with no set schedule.
• CAC meetings to date have been informational public presentations by the developer and various City departments. They do not allow for CAC members to engage in meaningful discussion of the details.
• The CAC meetings have not considered the most fundamental question for this project and that is whether or not Piers 30-32 is a truly feasible, functional location, as it is located on an already congested primary roadway for many San Franciscans. We believe the first step the City should take before expending tremendous amounts of our, City staff’s, and the Warriors time and resources is to have the Planning Department provide at least two more locations they believe might be viable for EIR consideration, and which might require lower infrastructure cost reimbursements to the developer.
We feel a strong responsibility to this community to properly vet this project so that the strongest proposal possible can be put forward. A legitimate CAC function and process going forward will do great service to this project and our community. Please allow the CAC to hear the Fiscal Feasibility report and to discuss it prior to the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee hearing.