“’San Francisco has always been that other city with a different set of values,’” said Jeff Sheehy, a governing board member of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the largest stem cell funding agency in the world. The institute is moving to Oakland after the expiration of a free-rent deal on its space near the proposed complex; it discovered that office rents in San Francisco were prohibitively high. He sees the arena, which he opposes (he would like affordable housing on the land), as suggestive that San Francisco secretly wanted mainstream credibility all along.
Jeff Sheehy -- Sheehy photo
“'We should have an arena because New York has Madison Square Garden. We should compete for the Olympics and the Super Bowl,' he says, mocking the pro-arena attitude. He describes the new San Francisco as 'just another capitalist, consumerist, profit-driven, money-motivated Disneyland.'”
|Sam Hawgood -- UCSF photo|
|Joe Lacob -- Kleiner photo|