Nevius flacks for the Warriors' arena
Actually, it's also on the waterfront, only eleven blocks south of the present site, but Nevius isn't interested in objectivity here. He's making a case against the Mission Bay Alliance:
If the environmental impact report is approved, the alliance’s options will be limited. It could try putting the project on the ballot, but there are problems. For starters, the project is within height limitations already, so there’s no issue there. The group probably has the money to collect the roughly 9,000 signatures needed to qualify for the ballot, but it wouldn’t be cheap. Besides, what would the issue be? That people in San Francisco don’t want a retail, housing and entertainment project on open land along the waterfront? If Prop. D wins in November, it will have the answer — they do.
Proposition D is for the Giants' development project that has little city opposition, which Nevius assumes will pass easily in November.
The Alliance could frame the Warriors' arena issue thusly: Why let the Warriors build across the street from a growing UC medical-industrial complex when you have a good site further south where traffic will be less of a problem?
Like City Hall---and his colleague, John King---Nevius was disappointed when city voters passed waterfront height limits with Proposition B last year ("If it passes, we're done"). He led the media/City Hall lynch mob against Ross Mirkarimi. Like City Hall he was dumb on the anti-jihad ads on Muni buses. Not surprisingly he supported Ed Lee early on, though he fretted about the mayor and his appointments once he was in office. He supported the Americas Cup and was furious at those who opposed that fiasco that ended up costing the city money. Of course he likes Supervisor Wiener.
Nevius is a bargain for whoever occupies City Hall, since he acts like a full-time flack for whatever the people who run the city want---and the Chronicle pays his salary!