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If You Liked the Last Two Waterfront Ballot Fights, You're Going to Love the Next One

Scott Lucas | March 24, 2014 | Story Politics

San Francisco voters could be asked to vote on three separate waterfront development initiatives in the space of one year. As Matier and Ross are reporting over in the Chronicle, the Golden State Warriors are eyeing a ballot measure this November to ask for voter approval of their plans to build a stadium and other development, including a hotel, along Piers 30–32.

Is it another salvo in the waterfront wars—or a chance for a truce? Either way, it's probably happening. According to M&R's sources, "that was the message delivered by team President Rick Welts to local tourism leaders at a retreat at the Sonoma Mission Inn on March 11."

But a compromise could be in the offing. It seems that the Warriors are also willing to shrink their proposal to under the current 105-foot height limit. This has been one of the bones of contention of opponents, who have placed a ballot measure on the June election which, if passed, would require voter approval on any projects that exceed the height limit on the waterfront.

Opponents may be in no mood to compromise. As former mayor Art Agnos told San Francisco recently, his "primary" argument against the Warriors development is not the height limitations, but what he calls "the inappropriate use of a publicly owned pier." It's hard to see how the Warriors' move to shrink the size of the project would change that position, but it would satisfy the preservationist argument about height limitations.

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