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.

Larry Reid.
  • Larry Reid.
2. Oakland Councilmember Larry Reid, who voted for the lease deal, said he thinks the A’s and MLB’s threat to allow the team move was serious, the Chron reports. Reid said that the A’s and the league were looking at San Antonio and Montreal as possible relocation spots. San Antonio, however, does not have a major league ballpark and Montreal lost its team several years ago because of a lack of fan interest.

3. The controversial oyster farm that lost its appeal at the US Supreme Court is asking the federal government to allow it to keep operating until December, at which time it would shutter permanently, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports. A federal judge, meanwhile, has given the oyster farm at Point Reyes National Seashore and the National Park Service a month to hammer out a closure plan for the business.

4. A Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputy who killed a thirteen-year-old boy who was carrying toy gun will not face criminal charges, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports.

5. San Francisco is poised to become the first county in the Bay Area to adopt Laura’s Law, a program in which family members and others can request a court to order mentally ill patients into treatment, the Chron reports.

6. The US Chemical Safety Board cannot come to agreement on enforcement measures for oil refineries in the wake of the 2012 Chevron refinery explosion in Richmond, the Chron reports.

7. And in a move that angered many Democrats, President Obama announced that the federal government will begin deportation proceedings for about 52,000 children from Central America who have snuck over the border since October, Reuters reports.

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