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Re: “Why the Oakland A’s Should Rethink the Laney College Site

I think real problem for the A's and the city is the negative implications of rebuilding on the Coliseum site. IT would work for a year or two, and then we'd be right back to low attendance and boring product, and the inevitable move of the A's out of Oakland.

Howard Terminal sounds good on paper but will not work for many reasons, with cost of developing there being the highest. If the city wanted a stadium there, then they should have started the process of getting the many agencies involved signed off, and had the environmental impact report in hand, but that didn't happen, so it's out.

As an Oakland resident and a fan of the team, I'm pulling for the Peralta site, although I know the A's are probably stuck with where they are. It will only work there if the city eminent domain from 66th ave to high street along Coliseum way . Most of what's there can easily be relocated elsewhere. They need to create an area where people will be there whether there's a game there or not. You'd also want the fans to spend their $$ in the area, not hop in whatever mode of transportation they used and spend it outside of our city.

City leaders in SF allowed the warriors to build a stadium next to a hospital. Oakland doesn't have city officials with the smarts or creativity to get something like this done at any location.

Posted by Paula Martin2 on 09/06/2017 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Why the Oakland A’s Should Rethink the Laney College Site

I've rented in Eastlake for 5 years now, it was difficult to afford a place here then and continues to be difficult for new residents wanting to live or stay here. I can't imagine what it would turn into if there's a stadium literally down the street from me. I'm incredibly worried about what landlords and landowners would do. What would happen to the small businesses and families here that have invested their livelihoods in their communities - only to be outbid by billionaires and millionaires. I want to be able to buy a house here soon and we are close!!! I want to raise my kids in a place they remember from their childhood. It just doesn't make any sense to have a stadium here in a neighborhood next to schools and a freeway like that. I wasn't able to go to your one town hall at la estrellita. My daughter had her birthday there two years ago, loves the food. Can I promise her it'll still be there when the stadium opens? ***PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DONT COME TO EASTLAKE/SAN ANTONIO***

Posted by Mike Boucher on 09/06/2017 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Why the Oakland A’s Should Rethink the Laney College Site

The question before the Oakland A's and the City of Oakland is very simple. What is the priority criteria for selection of a site. Is it to find a spot that gives MLB the sexy waterfront or downtown skyline money shots for TV telecasts of their product? Is it to select a site that is most fiscally responsible, has good public transit access and can stimulate economic development into the future. Part of that fiscal responsibility is reducing the need for public money on the front end and reducing disruption and impacts on the existing community.The best option that clearly met all of the criteria was the Uptown ball park behind the Fox theater that Jerry Brown scuttled in favor of apartments ten years ago. We can only imagine the vibrancy of Uptown with a new park as the anchor. What a shame. The next best option is the existing Coliseum site. Obviously, it does not have the ambiance and photographic setting that MLB wants for new parks. However, the city has made many decisions and major investments of public funds over the last 20 years in order to gain site control. All of those were in anticipation of building a sports venue of some kind. The Coliseum is on both BART and a train station stop and has direct access to I-880. It can't get any better from a transportation or infrastructure investment perspective. In addition, there are only a couple of existing business and no residents to be relocated. The only obstacle is whether a new park can stimulate economic development in a challenging surrounding neighborhood? So what is your answer Mayor? You let the Raiders walk because of fiscal responsibility. Do you apply the same criteria to the A's or do you succumb to the wishes of MLB and like Jerry Brown, make the wrong call again?

Posted by Gary Patton on 09/06/2017 at 6:54 AM

Re: “Why the Oakland A’s Should Rethink the Laney College Site

Jack London Square is only a few blocks from the 12th Street BART station, and is within walking distance of the Lake Merritt BART station. Numerous buses are also available for the few blocks involved. The railroad tracks are a VERY minor obstacle, and some fans might even choose to arrive by train. If people want a downtown ballpark experience, the Howard Terminal site is the one to pick. The Peralta site really isn't downtown, and putting a ballpark there would ruin a vibrant community with affordable, unique restaurants and other businesses. The result would be bland, boring and expensive.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 09/06/2017 at 3:08 AM

Re: “When Landlords Lie

I empathise with both sides, its so challenging and deeply stressful.
But the fact is many people are with fixed income..they are part of the community also..
Some with monthly checks as low as 850.00.--850. for the month.
Where do they live? Where do they go? My God. They are among the growing homeless down the streets of us all blessed to have a roof overhead,


that's where they are forced to go because of such HIGH rentals. Not everyone has such blessed incomes but we are all apart of this life.

Posted by hawnee on 09/04/2017 at 8:58 PM

Re: “East Bay Oil Terminal Expansion Stokes Fears of Air and Water Pollution

Good piece, so since Oakland did not permit oil or coal unload, move up river:) Contra Costa , by Martinez offers other locations for Philips 66, watch those locations for other covert activities/ Also spill and diesel emissions will occur at night, because no one can see them or the source and no one will report until after the fact, when people are sick. Pittsburg, Antioch, even Stockton may be next, follow the docking ports for oil and coal ships. Cheers,
Gordon Hopkins

Posted by Gordon Hopkins on 08/27/2017 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Are Police Taking the Violent White Supremacist Gang Threat Seriously?

Remember Betteridges Law of Headlines: "Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no."

Posted by Cygna on 08/26/2017 at 4:39 PM

Re: “Are Police Taking the Violent White Supremacist Gang Threat Seriously?

Can someone help me understand this video? I'm really confused and need some consoling. They are manipulating our Black men :(

https://mobile.twitter.com/Rambobiggs/status/900791040818515968

Posted by SamanthaCantrel on 08/26/2017 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Are Police Taking the Violent White Supremacist Gang Threat Seriously?

Regarding the question posed in the title to this article, "are police taking the white supremacist 'gang' threat seriously"? I guess we'll find on this weekend, in SF and also in Berkeley.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 08/24/2017 at 9:45 PM

Re: “East Bay Oil Terminal Expansion Stokes Fears of Air and Water Pollution

Thank you for writing of our fight for clean air and water. Clean air and water is a basic human right. The county of Solano does not have an emergency alert system that works! My friend in the richer city of Danville got an IPAWS alert on his phone as a part of Contra Costa county. But Vallejo! No calls. No TV. Not even the old fashioned air raid siren warning to shelter in place and close the windows.

Posted by Boudicca Hot-toddy Todi on 08/24/2017 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Are Police Taking the Violent White Supremacist Gang Threat Seriously?

I am optimistic that Americans will handle this. We crushed the confederates and Nazis before and will do it again if needed.

Posted by Brandon Svec on 08/24/2017 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Brown's Tunnels Could Start in 2018, and Delta Farmers Say They'll Be Devastated

California is one state and Governor Brown is trying to manage water for the benefit of all Californians. Delta nimbyism would hurt millions of Californians . Yes much of the water will go for agriculture but that food benefits all of us.
Jobs in LA or SanDiego benefit all of us.
Please take a broader view of this issue.

Posted by ed gerber on 08/24/2017 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Brown's Tunnels Could Start in 2018, and Delta Farmers Say They'll Be Devastated

How does the Little Scamp get everything he wants?..

Posted by Phil Allen on 08/24/2017 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Are Police Taking the Violent White Supremacist Gang Threat Seriously?

These guys are scum. The Antifa who respond with violence aren't much better.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 08/24/2017 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Are Police Taking the Violent White Supremacist Gang Threat Seriously?

My question is why the Government has not outlawed the KKK who for over 200 years has existed as fronts for wealthy white businessmen. They came into existence prior to the Civil War as White Militias. They have lynched black men women and children with impunity. They gleefully stood over the bodies and had pictures taken with their wives and children. There is evidence of their atrocities but they are still in existence. They are a terrorist organization and a threat to the peace and well being of American citizens.

The Police and Government are not taking it seriously because these are their children and/or neighbors, and they are White. They see Black Lives Matter an Organization founded in 2014 as more of a threat then the KKK. Yet the reason BLM exists is because of the KKK and White Nationalist.

The FBI and Chinese Government wrote a report in 2014 about how the KKK and White Nationalist are infiltrating Law Enforcement. That right there is the reason why the police only show up to protect the KKK and White Nationalist from Counter Protestors.

Posted by Anita Wills on 08/23/2017 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Are Police Taking the Violent White Supremacist Gang Threat Seriously?

Yet people will still blame anti-fascists for instigating violence. A very Orwellian occurrence. Good is bad and bad is good as long as we say it enough.
And to do so aligns one with white supremacy, neo-Naziism, and good ol' fashioned fascism.

What was WW2 all about when we have creeps like these roaming the streets? White male victimhood has to be one of the most pathetic sociopolitical phenomenons on the planet.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 08/23/2017 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Mapping Oakland's Fires

"OK, the fires cluster where code violations are rampant. what does that suggest?"

Two ways to put it: 1. Poor people have less value in Oakland.
2. Shit rolls downhill in Oakland.

Either way, not exactly news.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/22/2017 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Mapping Oakland's Fires

OK, the fires cluster where code violations are rampant. what does that suggest?

Solutions anyone?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 08/21/2017 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Loopholes in ADA Law Make "No Pets" Clauses Nearly Impossible to Enforce

It seems 99% of people are animal lovers. Animals in cars, in stores, in restaurants, etc. Not fair to people that have allergies to animals. Try finding an apt animal free now. Almost impossible! People always think just because they love animals that you do and let them jump on you. I am fed up with the barking, dog doo, smell, etc from the animals and I am living in an expensive apartment building. I have been looking for a smoke free, animal free nice apt but can't find one anywhere. People with animals have all the rights.

Posted by sandyleec on 08/20/2017 at 9:10 AM

Re: “How a Billionaire-Funded, Anti-Union Think Tank in Nevada Shapes Bay Area News Media Coverage of Public Employee Pay

Why only comments from union types and supporters? Why no comments from Robert Fellner himself? He is easily found and user friendly. What happened to objective journalism? Annika, you should do a follow up?

Posted by ahb1027@yahoo.com on 08/16/2017 at 10:16 PM

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