San Francisco Voters Say No to Waterfront Condos, Warriors Arena Beware!

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo

San Francisco voters turned down two proposals this week that would have okayed high-rise condominiums along that city’s waterfront. This is the same challenge that faces the owners of the Golden State Warriors who want to build a waterfront arena.

Sierra Club and other environmental groups rallied voters against ballot initiatives supporting the 8 Washington Condo project because they said it threatened to turn San Francisco’s waterfront into an overbuilt Miami Beach.
How does this portend for the Warriors’ efforts to move from the Oracle Arena next to the Oakland Coliseum to build a $170 million arena across the bay? Given the new financial backing for a revived plan to keep the Warriors, Raiders and Athletics in Oakland – http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1812859-coliseum-city-project-would-keep-raiders-warriors-and-as-in-oakland – do we have a new Battle of the Bay brewing?
Let’s add to the mix the Chronicle’s account of how the condo opponents have shifted their focus already to the waterfront arena plan.

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