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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Broadway Streetcar Open House on July 10

by Ari Nussbaum
Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 1:27 PM


On July 10, an open house will take place at Oakland City Hall to discuss a public transit expansion that could boost economic growth in the city’s Temescal, Uptown, downtown and Jack London districts. At the meeting, the City of Oakland will present the Broadway Transit Circulator Study, which evaluated the potential costs and benefits of electric streetcars and other enhanced bus services along the Broadway corridor.

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Thursday Must Reads: Oakland’s New Budget Pays for Another Police Academy; A’s Co-Owner Lew Wolff Says He’s Done Negotiating

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Oakland City Council adopted a new budget this week that pays for a third police academy this year, the Trib$ reports. City leaders hope to increase the size of the police force to above seven hundred officers by the end of this year. The new budget, which included a $29 million surplus from higher-than-expected real estate tax revenues, also includes additional funding to combat illegal dumping, expand the city's gunshot detection system, and pay for technology upgrades. The budget also provides more money for street repairs, libraries, and the city’s animal shelter. The council also voted to put about $625,000 in the city’s reserve — above the amount required.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Express Hires New Managing Editor and Music Editor

by Express Staff
Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 10:41 AM

The Express is pleased to announce the hiring of Anna Pulley as the paper’s new managing editor and Sam Lefebvre as its new music editor. In addition, longtime co-editor Robert Gammon is now the editor of the publication.

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Wednesday Must Reads: Oakland Council Rejects A’s Lease Deal; Berkeley Council Puts Soda Tax on Ballot

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Oakland City Council rejected the latest version of a proposed lease deal with the A’s at the Coliseum, and plans to submit a counter proposal later this week, the Trib$ reports. The council turned down a proposal that sought to forgive a $5 million debt that the A’s owe the city and Alameda County in back rent. The proposed deal also called for lowering the team’s annual rent payments at the Coliseum.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Oakland Council Should Let Voters Decide on Redistricting Commission

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 10:53 AM

The Oakland City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on whether to put a good government measure on the November ballot that would ask voters to establish a new independent commission that would draw council and school board district lines in the city. The proposed charter amendment, sponsored by Councilmembers Dan Kalb and Libby Schaaf, has been years in the making and is the product of a grassroots coalition that includes Oakland Rising and the League of Women Voters. Currently, Oakland councilmembers get to draw their own district boundary lines, thereby creating potential conflicts of interest. As such, the council should let city voters decide whether they want to revamp redistricting in Oakland, beginning with the 2020 Census.

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Tuesday Must Reads: Berkeley Council to Vote on Soda Tax Tonight; Oakland’s Revamped 911 Center Still Can’t Take Cellphone Calls

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Berkeley City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on whether to place a soda tax measure on the November ballot, the Chron reports. The proposal, which appears to have no opposition on the council, would levy a one-cent-per-ounce tax on companies that distribute sugary beverages. San Francisco voters will consider a two-cents-per-ounce soda tax this fall as well. In 2012, the soda industry spent more than $2.5 million to defeat a soda tax measure in Richmond.

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