Dear Members of the UCSF Community:
As you may have heard, UCSF has been in negotiations regarding the proposed Warriors arena and events center on 11 acres located at the intersection of 16th and Third Streets, diagonally across the street from the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. Our focus has been on ensuring that the appropriate mitigations are in place to effectively manage the projected increase in traffic to facilitate access to the hospitals for our patients, their families, and our health care workers.
UCSF is announcing today that its support for the proposed Warriors Arena and Events Center is contingent on a binding agreement to address traffic concerns that are projected to result when large, dual or overlapping events occur at the proposed Warriors complex and nearby AT&T Park.
To encourage support for this position, the University is launching the “WinWinSF” campaign. It will explain the challenges and opportunities presented by the project and encourage support, in part through signature on a petition, for finding a “Win-Win” approach that brings the Warriors to San Francisco while ensuring safe and timely access to the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay.
In the coming days and weeks, you will likely hear more about the Warriors project. It is important to me that you know UCSF’s position on this project and that you know we are diligently working to secure a win-win solution. I invite you to learn more about the “Win-Win” campaign by visiting www.WinWinSF.com.
I am pleased to report that due to the commitment of both the City and the Warriors, our efforts have resulted in progress, primarily through the development of a variety of measures that will enhance the City’s ability to manage traffic. I am thankful to Mayor Ed Lee and the City’s skilled team as well as to the Warriors for their collaboration.
Regarding the one critical remaining issue — large dual or overlapping events that are projected to bring approximately 60,000 people to the Mission Bay neighborhood — we are proposing a “trigger” mechanism that will enable the City to step in to manage the scheduling of future events should all means of managing traffic on similar occasions prove unsuccessful. I am confident that this safeguard, which would empower the City, would address our concern.
This morning UCSF filed its comments on the draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report for the Warriors arena. Today also marks the final day for public comment on the document, which is the means through which all significant impacts of the project are to be aired and analyzed, and potential alternatives and mitigation steps considered and adopted for implementation. Additional information is available at http://tiny.ucsf.edu/LxbzCB.
I know I speak for many at UCSF when I say that I am excited about the prospect of the Warriors moving into the Mission Bay neighborhood. I also know that many agree that our support must be contingent on adequately addressing traffic concerns to ensure patient safety and access to our Mission Bay hospitals.
Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor