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Elizabeth H. Blackburn

A Bay Area battle over a proposed Warriors move from Oakland to San Francisco

A Bay Area battle over a proposed Warriors move from Oakland to San Francisco

A proposal to move the Golden State Warriors from Oakland to San Francisco's Mission Bay district has given rise to a NIMBY battle on steroids, a dispute pitting billionaires against billionaires.

The scrum involves world-renowned scientists, a flourishing University of California campus, two of the city's go-to public relations gunslingers, a nationally known lawyer and, of course, the reigning NBA champions.

Development fights are common in San Francisco — a peninsular city with a long provincial streak, a paucity of undeveloped property and an economy on a tear, fed in part by its $4-billion biotech industry.

"This is sort of a dog-bites-man story in San...

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