Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thursday Must Reads: Oakland A’s Throw Cold Water on Coliseum City; Oakland Unified Raises Wage Offer for Teachers

By Robert Gammon
Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

click to enlarge Lew Wolff.
  • Lew Wolff.
1. Oakland A’s co-owner Lew Wolff told the Trib$ that he has no interest in the proposed Coliseum City development, and would rather have a new stadium surrounded by acres and acres of surface parking. Wolff’s comments threw a wrench into negotiations between the city, the county, the Oakland Raiders and the A’s over plans for new facilities for the teams. City officials have long contended that the only way to finance new facilities for the sports teams — without using taxpayer dollars — is to build a housing, hotel, and entertainment complex, too. But Wolff said that Coliseum City would take up too much space and would force fans to park in parking structures — which he doesn’t want.

2. Oakland Unified officials have upped their wage proposal to teachers and are now offering a 10.5 percent pay bump over the next eighteen months, the Trib$ reports. However, the district is also still demanding that teachers give up their seniority rights in cases in which schools are forced to downsize.

3. The Berkeley City Council voted to enact a one-year ban on drone use by the police department, but agreed to exempt the fire department from the new policy, the Trib$ reports. The city and the police and fire departments, however, have no plans to buy drones.

4. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins introduced new legislation that would establish a $75 fee on many real estate transactions in order to finance more affordable housing in California, the LA Times$ reports.

5. And the City of Oakland has partnered with BART to open a free bike parking station in Uptown near the 19th Street Station, the Trib$ reports.


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