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Re: “A New Oakland A's Ballpark: Our Writer Looks At The Good, The Bad, And The Unknown Of Three Rumored Sites

Reality check. I know it's a hateful concept and nothing could be more inconvenient.

How is $200 million in infrastructure provision not a public subsidy to a private sports stadium?

I would like a reference to a competent, independent study which shows how much sports stadiums contribute to local economies. Or not. What I've read says not.

Opportunity costs. What else might be developed at each site with an economic comparision? The Port of Oakland is the main cargo port for
San Francisco Bay. How would expansion/improvement of the existing
port compare with a stadium? Ports are used 24/7; stadiums are used a few hours a week at most.

A 100 year stadium? I think in 100 years something called climate change might have much of that part of Oakland (all three sites) under water. Maybe a stadium/aquarium complex.

880 and BART are currently running at well over capacity, not to mention that they are physically in very poor condition. What is
game-day traffic going to do to an already difficult commute?

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Re: “Hazy IPAs: The Good, The Bad, And The Juicy

Kralj is a nostalgic dude who has obviously chosen to keep his bread buttered by an RRBC account. The Bistro Fest has become the antithesis to this new aromatic, juicy IPA world (that many top local brewers show no real interest in) and for that, a high door charge? More people have commented on that in 2017 than previous years. I don't think so.

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Re: “A New Oakland A's Ballpark: Our Writer Looks At The Good, The Bad, And The Unknown Of Three Rumored Sites

Having visited all but five major league baseball cities I cannot see why a downtown site for the new A's stadium cannot be decided upon. Actually the Fox Oakland Theatre area would be best---new hotels, restaurants, cafes and sports bars would follow as shown in Denver, Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit and even San Francisco have demonstrated. However, if the Laney College location is picked that would suffice---it has worked before as that exact location housed Frank Youell Field for the Oakland Raiders (1962-65) with 21,000 fans per game attending. And that was before BART was even in the picture. Let us get the decision confirmed and underway sooner rather than later.
Regards
LEE KESSLER
Alameda

Posted by Lee Kessler on 06/02/2017 at 6:24 PM

Re: “A New Oakland A's Ballpark: Our Writer Looks At The Good, The Bad, And The Unknown Of Three Rumored Sites

@Bruce Ferrell

Your comment is short sighted at best. The A's have committed to a privately financed stadium now for a while. Yes, they will get some support re land and infrastructure that will benefit the ENTIRE CITY.

The stadium has the chance to reinvigorate the city and CREATE jobs and tax revenue and be a source of civic pride. The city needs to expand it's tax base, and a new A's stadium in a location that can draw in the casual sports fan creates a ripple effect in the source of tax collars that help all of the issues that you listed above. While I've yet to see an official report, my guess is a ballpark in HT would generate far more jobs (restaurants, stadium employees, construction to improve transport from BART to the park) than would be lost at the port. It's not like new port companies are lining up to use HT...

Posted by Damon M on 06/01/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: “A New Oakland A's Ballpark: Our Writer Looks At The Good, The Bad, And The Unknown Of Three Rumored Sites

I'd go for the Laney College site. Real inner City location. Great pedestrian and transit access. Great views of Lake Merritt. Shared use by Laney College students.

Posted by bayarched98 on 06/01/2017 at 10:06 AM

Re: “A New Oakland A's Ballpark: Our Writer Looks At The Good, The Bad, And The Unknown Of Three Rumored Sites

Go A's! You can have some of my tax money if you need it.

Posted by John Seal on 06/01/2017 at 9:06 AM

Re: “A New Oakland A's Ballpark: Our Writer Looks At The Good, The Bad, And The Unknown Of Three Rumored Sites

I'm happy if the A's build a stadium with private money. Not one penny of public money, property, or tax rebates is to be involved.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 06/01/2017 at 8:22 AM

Re: “A New Oakland A's Ballpark: Our Writer Looks At The Good, The Bad, And The Unknown Of Three Rumored Sites

This is ridiculous. NO public money for professional sports in Oakland/Alameda county!

Not until crime, unemployment and infrastructure is dealt with should things like even be entertained.

Locations that impact neighborhoods (Laney), Jobs (the port) have no business being talked about.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/01/2017 at 7:19 AM

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Re: “How Nature Heals: Why East Bay Doctors Are Prescribing The Outdoors To People Of Color

Thank you for this article, bringing attention to a new way of addressing this issue through the healthcare community. Dr. Zarr recently did a webinar through the American Society of Landscape Architects to share about the program he has helped to develop in Washington DC. It was a collaboration of the Children's Outdoor Environments and the Healthcare and Therapeutic Garden ASLA networks. The more we all talk about it, the more heads will come together to pave the way for solutions!

Posted by Lisa Bailey on 05/29/2017 at 5:30 PM

Re: “How Nature Heals: Why East Bay Doctors Are Prescribing The Outdoors To People Of Color

Potent article! As a member of a Northern California Nonprofit, I get to see first-hand how kids with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) benefit from summer camp. Many of them have never been camping. The majority of them are Oakland residents. But most of them live in the concrete jungle and rarely get that feel of the outdoors. Gratefully, many of them are veterans now.

Secondly, I continue to work with an organization that was created to educate and encourage children of color to learn about the critical relationship between insects and human beings and about ecosystems and diversity of landscapes usually in parks. Sadly, the vast majority of the beneficiaries are not children of color because many of them have limited access for the reasons you mentioned.

Lastly, I send a monthly Wellness Flyer to churches on health matters that disproportionately affect the African-American community. In it, I usually find opportunities to mention sunshine, mountains, vista points... Yet I ask the question, when did so many African-Americans become Vitamin D deficient? BCHO

Posted by Julie Dunbar on 05/24/2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “How Nature Heals: Why East Bay Doctors Are Prescribing The Outdoors To People Of Color

Fiddleheads, a program of a local non-profit (Seeds of Awareness, Inc.) takes all children, including neuro-diverse inner city youth out into nature to provide therapeutic support and assist in enhancing social skills and developing friendships.

Posted by Mark Khmelnitskiy on 05/22/2017 at 10:56 PM

Re: “How Nature Heals: Why East Bay Doctors Are Prescribing The Outdoors To People Of Color

50yrs ago? What does that have to do with today? It costs $2 for a bus ticket. And parks in slums will not bring in business, so how do you expect a city to survive? Welfare checks?

Institutional racism? Awww... Pretty bird. Yes, can you say pretty bird? Pretty bird, yeah pretty bird...Hobart want a cracker?

Posted by George Rockwell on 05/21/2017 at 8:34 PM

Re: “How Nature Heals: Why East Bay Doctors Are Prescribing The Outdoors To People Of Color

As I recall the Bay Area chapter of an environmental organization instituted a program to get minority children to local natural areas. This was 50 years ago in San Francisco where it was established that many impoverished kids in S.F. had never seen the Pacific Ocean.

The redlining and institutional racism continues in "diverse" and oh-so-sensitive Oakland. Instead of devoting bayside parcels to parks and other open spaces for the children who live in poor neighborhoods nearby, Oakland is fostering fancy high-rise developments for the affluent.

The outlook of the privileged class doesn't change so the living conditions of the poorest never get better.

The Nazi George Rockwell has plenty of allies in Oakland's city hall, whether they are conscious of it or not.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/21/2017 at 5:51 PM

Re: “How Nature Heals: Why East Bay Doctors Are Prescribing The Outdoors To People Of Color

Yes, lack of green spaces and not laziness and sodium rich diets is the contributing factor to health problems for non-whites.

I know of a couple large land masses where there is plenty of green spaces. I hear the cost of living is quite cheap too!

Posted by George Rockwell on 05/21/2017 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

most police depts are corrupt not just Oakland and there are a number of cops who have turned in to pimps! take Atlanta GA. the cops there are so wicked they even arrest parents who try to take their kids back from the pimps! and Atlanta GA. is now a pedophiles paradise,if you want a young 10 11 or 12 year old girl Atlanta GA. is the place so it has been reported!

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Re: “Blacklisted: How The Oakland Police Department Discriminates Against Rappers and Music Venues

Good questions Hiram Delco. Why didn't the article present well researched FACTS vs a whine?

I will also note the comments present more including from a worker pointing out that, anecdotally, there is more to be concerned about around hip hop shows.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/01/2017 at 3:55 PM

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