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Friday, February 28, 2014

Port of Oakland Rejects Coal Shipping and Opens the Door for an A’s Ballpark on the Waterfront

by Steven Tavares
Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 10:15 AM

The Oakland Port Commission unanimously rejected three proposed maritime uses for the 50-acre Howard Terminal site near Jack London Square, one of which environmental groups vehemently opposed due to concerns over the proposed shipping of coal and petroleum coke through the port. The decision may also one day lead to a 38,000-seat waterfront ballpark at the site for the Oakland Athletics. A group of local investors unveiled a plan last December for the ballpark, although A’s ownership repeatedly has claimed that the venue is not suitable for the team.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Port Postpones A’s Ballpark Plan In Order to Examine Proposal for Shipping Coal Through Jack London Square

by Steven Tavares
Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 11:51 AM

The Oakland Port Commission decided to postpone a vote on whether to move forward with a new ballpark at Howard Terminal for the Oakland A’s in order to give more time to examine a plan by a Kentucky company to ship coal through Jack London Square. The commission made the decision after representatives from the Louisville-based firm Bowie Resources Partners, LLC contended that port staffers had not sufficiently considered their proposal for Howard Terminal.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wednesday Must Reads: Alameda County May Put Healthcare Measure on June Ballot; Ex-TV Anchor to Run for Oakland City Council

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors is pushing forward with a plan to put a sales tax measure for healthcare funding on the June ballot, the Bay Area News Group$ reports. The proposal would ask voters to reauthorize Measure A, a 2004 tax initiative that is scheduled to expire in 2019. The board wants the half-cent sales tax to go to the ballot in June to give the county enough time to ask for reauthorization in 2016 should it fail to pass this year. The board also wants to avoid competing with a tax to fund transportation scheduled for this November’s election.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Save Oakland Sports Hosts Summit on Coliseum City With Raiders, Mayor Jean Quan

by Sam Levin
Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Want to show your support for Oakland's pro teams and Coliseum City? On Thursday, the advocacy group Save Oakland Sports is hosting its first annual "East Bay Business Summit," where attendees will hear from members of the Raiders and Mayor Jean Quan, organizers said. The event will also be an opportunity to learn more about Coliseum City, the proposed sports and entertainment complex which A’s co-owner Lew Wolff recently said could potentially work.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Monday Must Reads: Warriors Put Plan for SF Arena on Hold; Drought Causes State Water Project to Cut Off All Water Shipments

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The owners of the Golden State Warriors have put their plans to build a new arena in San Francisco on hold, as the cost of the project continues to soar and opposition to it intensifies, the Chron reports. Opponents of the project appear to have gathered enough signatures for a June ballot measure that would require the Warriors to hold a separate election in San Francisco to get approval for their plans. And the Warriors are now seeking a lease extension at Oracle Arena in Oakland as their proposal for San Francisco continues to face roadblocks.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday Must Reads: Cost of Warriors Planned SF Arena Soars; Sierra Snowpack at All-Time Low

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The pricetag for the Golden State Warriors’ proposed new arena on the San Francisco waterfront continues to skyrocket and team owners acknowledge the increased costs will delay the project, the Chron reports. The cost to repair piers, which would only ready the site for construction, has climbed to at least $180 million. The $1 billion-plus project, which includes condo and hotel towers, also must go before city voters.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday Must Reads: A’s Owners Ask for Coliseum Lease Extension; Berkeley Family Camp to Move to Echo Lake

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The owners of the Oakland A’s are asking for a lease extension at the Coliseum of five to ten years — on top of the two-year extension they just signed, the Trib$ reports. The request by the A’s owners provides further evidence that the team’s plan to move to San Jose likely will never materialize. The lease extension request at the Coliseum also indicates that the team’s owners remain uninterested in building a new waterfront ballpark at the Howard Terminal next to Jack London Square.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday Must Reads: BART Cops Failed to Use Their Body Cameras; Warriors’ Owner Admits Building SF Arena Will Be a ‘Challenge’

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The five BART cops who crowded into an empty one-bedroom apartment in Dublin failed to turn on their chest-mounted cameras before one of the officers shot and killed another, the Chron reports. BART police have yet to say why the officers weren’t using their cameras, which are designed to record interactions with the public. Investigators also have yet to determine why BART officer Michael Maes fatally shot Sergeant Tom Smith. Although Smith was wearing a bulletproof vest, the bullet from Maes’ gun managed somehow to hit him in the chest.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Thursday Must Reads: Caltrans Hid Weld Defects on New Bay Bridge; Suit Says Raiders Paid Cheerleaders Less than $5 Per Hour

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Caltrans officials hid revelations about defective welds on the new Bay Bridge and fired an inspection firm because it had repeatedly raised objections to the welds, the CoCo Times$ reports, citing a new report commissioned by the state Senate. Caltrans officials also ordered inspectors to not put their objections in writing — in an effort to keep the objections from being disclosed to the public.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Oakland A's Boosters Want to Lease Howard Terminal for New Ballpark

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 8:56 PM

A group of Oakland business leaders and A's boosters wants to lease the Howard Terminal on the city's waterfront as it works out details to build a new ballpark on the site. The group, which is calling itself The Oakland Waterfront Ballpark LLC, (OWB) sent a letter last week to Port of Oakland Executive Director Christopher Lytle, requesting that it enter into exclusive negotiations with the port in order to use the Howard Terminal for a "world-class" 38,000-seat facility. The January 15 letter was signed by business leaders Don Knauss of Clorox, T. Gary Rogers of Dreyer's Ice Cream, and Michael Ghielmetti of Signature Development, along with former planning commissioner Doug Boxer and San Francisco developer Seth Hamalian, who is planning to build a 28-story tower in Oakland's Uptown district.

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