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    Supporters and opponents of the Warriors' move to San Francisco got their first chance to tell City Hall what they think of the project. Mark Matthews reports. (Published Tuesday, June 30, 2015)

    An overflow crowd packed a San Francisco City Hall hearing room Tuesday to voice their opinions on the Golden State Warriors proposed arena project.

    The meeting was the first time residents were able to weigh in on the project before city commissioners.

    Mission Bay residents who spoke out were largely pro arena, adding the project would be very positive for the neighborhood.

    Detractors focused mostly on traffic and parking.

    San Francisco-resident Blaise Gisslow said he did not have any confidence in the city to mitigate traffic jams the new arena would bring to the area.

    The strongest opposition is coming from the Mission Bay Alliance, a group of bio-tech entrepreneurs and former UCSF officials who would prefer the land to be used for a bio-tech research facility.

    UCSF has been meeting with the project developers for the past year. University officials said they have concerns that need to be addressed, but UCSF also said they are not part of the alliance.

    The alliance said it has thousands of signatures on petitions opposing the arena. They are also asking the city for an additional 45 days to collect comment. The deadline as of now is July 20.

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