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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Feature

Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

Sacrificing the Lake, it's wildlife and the neighborhoods around it for the gain of a privately held business is horribly wrong. The whole idea is built on the assumption that folks will be coming to games from downtown when the majority of fans come from elsewhere in the Bay Area. This location is wrong for the environment, the neighborhood, the college, and Oakland.

Posted by Rita Hurault on 11/17/2017 at 7:32 PM

Re: “The Laney College Opposition

Thinking that the ballpark won't kill Laney off and that all the fans will suddenly take public transport to get there and we Oaklanders won't be paying for any of the improvements demanded of the infrastructure is blindness caused by dollar signs. Build out the Coliseum site with a great, human scale, attractive ballpark, help create a support community around that. Ballparks do not need to be superimposed on an existing neighborhood.

Posted by Rita Hurault on 11/17/2017 at 7:20 PM

Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

Don't expect much push back from the City of Oakland in terms of protecting sensitive environmental habitats. If Cappio is involved, the impact will be down played and developers will always be able to find a way to move forward. Several decades ago, under her watch in the City of Emeryville, a paved parking lot was constructed over Native American burial grounds. If that is her concept of appropriate mitigation of a significant unavoidable impact, the birds at Lake Merritt are doomed. They should start packing their bags immediately.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/14/2017 at 3:25 PM

Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

"team that does not black mail a small city"

The Raiders broke ground in Vegas this week.

You must be thinking of them, because the A's are *paying for their own ballpark*.

Next uninformed kneejerk reaction?

Posted by jq7925 on 11/14/2017 at 1:58 PM

Re: “The Laney College Opposition

"Selling Laney College and its surrounding property off to build a stadium"

Okay, seriously now, where the F*CK do you people keep getting "Sell Laney to build a ballpark"?

THEY AREN'T TALKING ABOUT LANEY.

They want to move the Peralta Admin Center (and they will buy PCCD the new location), they'll cleanup the toxic plumes underneath that Peralta is so far behind on dealing with or even *monitoring* that penalties in the millions will rack up soon, and build a ballpark *not even on the same side of the estuary* as Laney.

"He is also interested in developing the area in order to increase rents and drive out low income communities of color."

B

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Where is your backup for this allegation?

Don't bother answering, YOU DON"T HAVE ONE.

Posted by jq7925 on 11/13/2017 at 5:57 PM

Re: “The Oakland Coliseum’s Uncertain Future

Here's a great idea: keep the A's at the Coliseum. Soooo many problems solved.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/13/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “The Laney College Opposition

The article doesn't get into A's owner John Fisher of Gap, Inc, who has ties to the charter school movement like Betsy DeVos and the Walton Family (Walmart), and his interest to privatize colleges. He is also interested in developing the area in order to increase rents and drive out low income communities of color. He is also anti-union and anti-environmental so he really could care less about the stadium creating so much pollution (light, sound, smog, trash) that will most likely drive protected birds and wildlife away or kill them. Selling Laney College and its surrounding property off to build a stadium would be the death knell of Oakland's Laney College as a public school, Lake Merritt, and neighbors who include Chinatown and other ethnic communities. If you follow the money behind the A's scam you will realize that stadium will be Oakland's biggest black eye if it comes to fruition.

Posted by Kit Vaq on 11/12/2017 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Can Oakland Protect Chinatown and Eastlake?

Gary Patton does an exceptional job of precisely describing the fate of Chinatown and Eastlake neighborhoods in the event a baseball stadium is installed at Laney College as proposed by the Oakland A's. If the Peralta Trustees give a green light to the proposal, the existing peaceful and affordable neighborhoods will disappear almost overnight. QUESTION: Where does a current Oakland resident who is forceably displaced get a replacement apartment ? You're right ... far away from Oakland ! One look at a stadium superimposed on the Peralta site exposes the real motive of the A's and their deep-pocketed investors. The present site is too small. The true objective of the A's and their investors is the land occupied by Chinatown & Eastlake, Laney College, Dewey Continuation School, La Escuelita Elementary, and the OUSD administration. The A's and their investors envision a mega-development of shopping malls, multi-level parking structures, office towers, high rises of luxury condominium, boutique shops, fancy restaurants, and night life entertainment. The bottom line here is not the A's -- they will sell out to new owners and be gone within 5 years -- Neither the A's or their investors will shed one tear of concern for the city of Oakland or its people -- THEIR OBJECTIVE IS MONEY, LOTS OF IT !! And they will "play" Peralta and the City like chumps to get to their ultimate goal.

Posted by James Vann on 11/12/2017 at 4:02 PM

Re: “The Laney College Opposition

Jay78, do you really feel the only way you and the city you live in can be validated is if theres a new sports stadium? Whats your argument against having the As stay where they are?
Looks like you privilege billionaire corporations over education. Sad.

Youre rightI dont want it in my backyard, which is where itll be. Why dont they have a built next to YOUR house, Jay78 and see how you feel about the noise. Thats what I thought.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/12/2017 at 2:14 PM

Re: “The Laney College Opposition

Oakland needs the A's more than it needs your NIMBY complaint.

Posted by Jay78 on 11/12/2017 at 1:46 PM

Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

So, the birds who stop by a man-made lake and fly to an estuary next to I-880, a major multi-lane interstate that sees heavy traffic pretty much all day with the noise and pollution associated with it, will be endangered by a baseball stadium?

Nice try. NEXT!

Posted by Kai Chang on 11/12/2017 at 1:40 AM

Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

Gosh what NIMBYS will do to prevent Oakland from rising. Instead of complaining about how it could possibly be littered in the future they should go clean it now. Go check out how dirty is is right now, and homeless encampment alongside of it as well is what's causing the littering. Also, this area is not Madagascar, nor should we pretend it is.

Posted by Jay78 on 11/11/2017 at 4:38 PM

Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

Why not pit a lid on the starium? Astrodome. Just sayin. There are alternatives to messin with mother nature. They dont need fireworks to play baseball

Posted by James Whitehead on 11/10/2017 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

Naomi Schiff is spot on. There is a certified EIR at the Coliseum site. Beyond spending several hundred thousand dollars on the EIR and Area Plan, the now defunct Redevelopment Agency (City Council) spent millions of dollars over the last 20 years acquiring private properties adjacent to the Coliseum. The purpose for that major expenditure of public money was always to build at least one and maybe two new regional sports facilities. Now, the citizens are supposed to forget about those millions of dollars and support a new site (Laney) that requires starting all over. Not to mention the obvious traffic, environmental and economic impacts on sensitive wetlands and one of Oaklands economically challenged ethnic neighborhoods. To walk away from the Coliseum at this point is the ultimate example of fiscal irresponsibility by public officials.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/10/2017 at 9:00 AM

Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

The As are no longer a community team. They are a sports entertainment corporation willing to destroy Oakland's downtown community and Lake Merritt for the almighty dollar. I'd rather say goodbye to them than to the wildlife at Lake Merritt, which is the crowning jewel for Oakland. The A's stadium if built nearby will definitely kill our Lake, its birds and the wildlife there. In addition, low income communities of color will be displaced again because of the changes the new construction will bring.

The As shipped in non Oakland fans from other cities to claim their stake for the stadium at the Peralta Board meeting this Fall. Then this week their propaganda team at the Oakland Chamber of Commerce claimed 62% of Oakland voters support the stadium. I wonder who they actually surveyed? Definitely not the residents who live in the area.

No,this stadium will be a big black eye for Oakland. I'd rather say bye to the A's than to the birds and Mother Nature in our City. All the billions of dollars the A's project will come in for Oakland in a decade is simply cold, hard cash without a soul for those wanting a piece of the pie. It won't even help those people who will get displaced, including the birds and lives inside the Lake. If Lake Merritt is destroyed in the process due to the A's stadium, Oakland will not be the winner here at all.

Posted by Kit Vaq on 11/10/2017 at 1:51 AM

Re: “Access Denied

I tried registering using a Spanish family name and had to verify using phone, credit card, or in the mail. When I used an Anglo family name, there was no such verification.. interesting...

Posted by nochillnu on 11/09/2017 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Prosperity or Displacement?

East Lake residents and business owners should make sure that the media and the people in City Hall do not let Carl Chan, the so called unofficial Mayor of Chinatown, speak for them. Carl Chan has only one objective and that has always been to make money for the property owners and businesses in Chinatown. He is a long time political operative depended upon to bring Chinatown into the fold for generally whatever City Hall wants to push forward.The East Lake community is comprised of newer American immigrants from Laos, Vietnam, Burma and Cambodia. Their language, cultures and economic interests are not the same. The East Lake community was successful 2 years ago in fighting the Mayor and City Hall on the proposed high rise on E12th st. They need to mobilize some of the same leadership to represent them in this ballpark issue. Do not let the economic interests of Chinatown drive the discussion of what is best for East Lake.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/09/2017 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Prosperity or Displacement?

"It can make the city more clean, less homeless" REALLY? A baseball park will eliminate homelessness and miraculously make the city clean? Or maybe he means the city will hide the homeless away from all the suburbanites coming to the new ballpark.

Believe me, the billionaires and their corporations are ready to turn Eastlake and Chinatown into playgrounds for A's fans. Do you think the average baseball fan gives two shits about neighborhoods being emptied out for them and their dollars? No, as long as "their" team wins they don't care who suffers because of it.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/09/2017 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

How is the site at 5th Ave and 8th Street 'near downtown'? Are fans really going to walk a half mile to Chinatown or a mile to Broadway, or ride AC Transit? Jack London Square is closer to Oakland's mythical 'downtown' (the Goodwill store) than the tiny lot next to the channel that connects Lake Merritt to the estuary. That the Athletics owners would prioritize pleasing investors over the quality of life of eastlake residents puts the lie to their claim to be 'rooted in Oakland.' They can stay rooted at the Coliseum and invest in helping deep east Oakland.

Posted by Paul Burton 1 on 11/09/2017 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Prosperity or Displacement?

Great to here from the API community around issues concerning Oakland. There is a great deal of API history in CA, Bay Area, and particularly in Oakland. The fabric and richness of Oakland started on the backs of immigrants...let's preserve and cultivate new legacies bc it can be done.

Posted by Nenna Feelmore Joiner on 11/09/2017 at 10:13 AM

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