Heartless San Francisco, where is your Heart?
If I were to write a song about how San Francisco City Hall is treating its neighbor, Oakland, it would start: I left my heart in heartless San Francisco.
San Francisco City Hall orchestrated a theft, if you will, of the Golden State Warriors move to San Francisco, from their longtime home in Oakland, CA. A business deal that needed no excuse, suddenly had one: "They were here first."
No one in the media cared to ask, why the team left San Francisco in the first place? Answer: San Francisco did not want or support the team; even when the San Francisco Warriors reached the finals in 1966.
Oakland Raiders fans are feeling what its like to live next door to rich neighbors who boast of their wealth but can't be bothered if you only want to borrow a cup of sugar.
The sugar here, is San Francisco Giants stadium, Oracle Park. San Francisco City Hall threw a gay conniption at the very thought of being a good neighbor and welcoming Raiders fans in the living room filled with such opulence.
San Francisco has a $10 billion a year tourism industry verses Oakland's $800 million a year tourism industry.
Simply put: A world-class city helps its neighbors; it does not help itself to its neighbor's jewels. San Francisco is not interested in helping its neighbor, Oakland, its only interested in taking from Oakland.
A world-class city performing such a classless and un-San Franciscan act on its neighbor would be condemned if San Franciscans had a heart.
Rather than sympathize with Oakland Raiders sports fan's plight; by letting them enjoy one last Bay Area season of Raiders football, elected San Francisco officials exposed a niggardly spirit in saying no, with no shame.
Peter McGowan passed away in San Francisco on January 27, 2019. A big part of his legacy, was, he assembled a group and bought the SF Giants, preventing the team from moving to Florida. He then went to worked to build one of the jewels of Major League Baseball, now called Oracle Park.
Though he is no longer with us, we don’t need to ask how this sports fan felt when he was about to lose his favorite team. The question: Did Peter McGowan leave his heart in heartless San Francisco?
It appears that the Mark Davis bluff fizzled as reported by Larry Beil of ABC7 nes Bay Area. But this should not be an opportunity to let San Francisco City Hall off the hook for being so un-neighborly to sports fans across the bay.