Shall the City adopt a policy not to encourage professional sports teams from other cities to move to San Francisco and to oppose any sports team ownership group attempting to avoid payment of an outstanding public debt?
Digest by the Ballot Simplification Committee
The Way It Is Now: The City’s professional sports teams include the San Francisco Giants baseball team. The San Francisco 49ers football team plays its home games in Santa Clara.
The Golden State Warriors basketball team currently plays its home games in Oakland, but will start playing its home games in San Francisco when the Chase Center, a multipurpose arena under construction in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, is completed. This arena is expected to be open for the Warriors’ 2019-20 season.
The Proposal: Proposition I would adopt a policy providing that the City will not invite, entice, encourage, cajole or condone the relocation of any professional sports team that has previously established itself in another city and has demonstrated clear and convincing support from community and fans for at least 20 years and is profitable.
This measure would also adopt a policy that the City take a stand against any sports team ownership group attempting to avoid payment of an outstanding public debt.
A “YES” Vote Means:If you vote "yes," you want to make it City policy not to encourage professional sports teams from other cities to move to San Francisco and to take a stand against any sports team ownership group attempting to avoid payment of an outstanding public debt.
A “NO” Vote Means: If you vote "no," you do not want to adopt these City policies.
Controller’s Statement on “I”
City Controller Ben Rosenfield has issued the following statement on the fiscal impact of Proposition I:
Should the proposed declaration of policy be approved by the voters, in my opinion, it would not affect the cost of government.
How “I” Got on the Ballot
On October 25, 2017, the Department of Elections certified that the initiative petition calling for Proposition I to be placed on the ballot had a sufficient number of valid signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot.
9,485 signatures were required to place a declaration of policy on the ballot. This number is equal to 5% of the total number of people who voted for Mayor in 2015. A random check of the signatures submitted by the proponents of the initiative petition prior to the February 5, 2018, submission deadline showed that the total number of valid signatures was greater than the number required.
This measure requires 50%+1 affirmative votes to pass.