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Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Must Reads: A’s Owner Softens on Lease Deal; Six Californias Campaign Accused of Lying to Voters

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. A’s co-owner Lew Wolff softened his stance on a proposed lease deal at the Coliseum, saying that his staff would seriously consider modifications made to the lease by the Oakland City Council this week, the Trib$ reports. Wolff had said previously that he would reject any changes to the pact. He attributed his change of heart to a phone call he received from Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, who is also a mayoral candidate. "Just based on her asking me alone is enough for me to tell [team President] Mike [Crowley] and the guys to look hard at it," Wolff said.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thursday Must Reads: Oakland Council Modifies A’s Lease Deal; Council Also Puts Measure Y Renewal and Ethics Measure on Ballot

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Oakland City Council approved a ten-year lease extension for the A’s at the Coliseum — but with modifications that team ownership has opposed, the Trib$ reports. The council rejected the lease deal that had been approved by Coliseum officials, contending that it included language that could derail the city’s plan to build the privately financed Coliseum City project and a new stadium for the Oakland Raiders. The council’s decision sends the lease back to the A’s for consideration.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tuesday Must Reads: Oakland Council Wants to Keep Negotiating with A’s; Oyster Farm Wants to Keep Operating Until December

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland City Council members want to keep negotiating with the A’s in an effort to get more favorable lease terms at the Coliseum, the Chron reports. The Coliseum Authority voted last week to approve a new ten-year deal with the A’s, but it includes several costly concessions. The authority made its decision after the A’s and Major League Baseball threatened to let the team leave Oakland. City officials plan to meet later this week with A’s ownership to outline their concerns about the lease, which must be approved by the council to go into effect.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

In Response to A’s Threat to Leave Oakland, JPA Agrees to Coliseum Lease Deal

by Steven Tavares and Robert Gammon
Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Following a strongly-worded letter sent late Wednesday from Oakland Athletics co-owner Lew Wolff in which he threatened to move the team and said that he had the blessing of Major League Baseball, the Oakland-Alameda County Joint Powers Authority (JPA) approved a ten-year lease to keep the team at O.co Coliseum. The vote was 6-2 with Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan and city representative Aaron Goodwin voting no. The Oakland City Council and Alameda County Board of Supervisors must also approve the deal in the next few weeks.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Thursday Must Reads: A’s Jump Gun on Lease Deal; Minimum Wage Hike Dies in State Legislature

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland A’s co-owner Lew Wolff announced yesterday that the team had agreed to a ten-year lease extension at the Coliseum, but city and county officials said the deal was not yet complete and that both sides were still negotiating, the Bay Area News Group$ reports. Wolff also told Major League Baseball about having a deal, even though it’s not finalized. Wolff also indicated that the team is interested in pursuing a new ballpark on the Coliseum site.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tuesday Must Reads: Bates Pushes to Save Berkeley Post Office; Quan’s Car Crash Incident Remains Murky

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Mayor Tom Bates is pushing a plan that is designed to protect the downtown Berkeley Post Office and other historic buildings, Berkeleyside reports. Under the mayor’s proposal, thirteen historic structures around City Hall, including the post office, could not be used for commercial purposes. The proposal is meant to dissuade developers from purchasing the post office. The US Postal Service has been selling historic buildings around the country to raise funds. The language of Bates’ plan comes directly from a citywide ballot measure pushed by Councilmember Jesse Arreguin. But Bates opposes other aspects of that measure, because they would make it tougher to build housing in the downtown area.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Thursday Must Reads: Kaplan Enters Oakland Mayor’s Race: A’s on Verge of Signing Ten-Year Lease Extension at Coliseum

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan officially entered the Oakland mayor’s race last night, and instantly became a front-runner in the contest. Kaplan has led mayoral polls that have included her as a candidate. In 2010, she came within about 2,000 votes of defeating Jean Quan, the eventual mayoral winner. Kaplan had said previously that she did not intend to run against Quan this year, but she told the Trib$ that she started to seriously consider entering the contest in April after the mayor suffered yet another series of missteps, including the loss of newly appointed City Administrator Fred Blackwell.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday Must Reads: FBI Probe Extended to Oakland City Hall; NBA Players Call for Maximum Penalty for Racists Comments

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The FBI probe that snared state Senator Leland Yee of San Francisco extended to Oakland City Hall with an undercover agent meeting with at least two Oakland city councilmembers, the Chron reports. Posing as a developer from Atlanta, the undercover agent met separately with councilmembers Larry Reid and Lynette Gibson McElhaney. The same agent was part of the sting that netted Yee and reputed San Francisco Chinatown gangster Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thursday Must Reads: A’s End Lease Negotiations at Coliseum; Warriors Say They Will Leave East Bay Taxpayers on the Hook for $62 Million

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland A’s President Mike Crowley said the team is ending negotiations for a ten-year lease extension at the Oakland Coliseum, following a dispute with Coliseum officials over millions of dollars in unpaid fees and public subsidies, the Trib$ reports. Crowley was angry about comments made Wednesday by Coliseum board President Nate Miley, who said the A’s owed the City of Oakland and Alameda County, which share ownership of the Coliseum, $5 million in parking revenues. Miley also stated that the A’s, as part of the team’s ten-year lease request, proposed to keep that money. Miley also said the A’s had expressed interest in possibly building a new ballpark at the Coliseum site.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday Must Reads: Oakland A’s Reject Ten-Year Lease Deal at Coliseum; Bates Proposes Higher Minimum Wage for Regional East Bay

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The owners of the Oakland A’s, who have been publicly pushing for a ten-year lease extension at the Oakland Coliseum, rejected such an offer last night from the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority, the Chron and Trib$ report. It’s not clear why the A’s ownership turned down the deal — details of what each side wants in a lease extension remain confidential. East Bay officials, however, said they disclosed the details of their offer to Major League Baseball.

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