Mayor London Breed tyring to keep Warriors' Chase Center on track

The Chase Center arena is taking shape in Mission Bay and is set to open in September. Residents are worried about congestion. Photo: Photos by Yalonda M. James / The Chronicle

The Chase Center arena is taking shape in Mission Bay and is set to open in September. Residents are worried about congestion. Photo: Photos by Yalonda M. James / The Chronicle

By Dominic Fracassa SF Chronicle

While Golden State Warriors fans fixate on this year’s playoff run, San Francisco Mayor London Breed is looking ahead to next season — the first the NBA team will play in the brand-new Chase Center arena in Mission Bay.

Last week marked the first meeting of a council of more than a dozen city departments that Breed quietly convened to make sure that city infrastructure and operations are ready for the arena’s scheduled September opening, a date that is making some people who live and work in Mission Bay nervous.

The group will meet every other week to provide updates, sort out priorities and set deadlines. The goal is to avoid the balkanization and miscommunication among departments that can complicate projects and cause delays.

“The goal is to make sure that we’re prepared when this arena opens,” Breed said. “This is about, what are we going to do now and long-term” to guide the development of Mission Bay as its showpiece nears its debut? Full story

UCSF Medical Center and Children’s Hospital across street from Chase Center arena.

UCSF Medical Center and Children’s Hospital across street from Chase Center arena.

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