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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

Re: “Can Oakland Protect Chinatown and Eastlake?

Hey Jay78, you should be sorry for making false claims. Do you understand what a "median wage" means? It means half make a bit more, half make a bit LESS. Do you live in Chinatown? Have you even been to Chinatown? There are people living six to a room in bunkbeds in many places. Most of the people are elderly--you think they're working under the table? Yeah, all those fancy cars and Prada bags on 8th and Alice St. AND if Chinatown residents ARE working under the table, do you think it exceeds minimum wage? No. Most, if not all, are working in the service industry. And people DO get by on $17,000/year because they live cheek to jowl in tiny apartments. Stop making sh*t up to prove a baseless point.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/09/2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “The Oakland Coliseum’s Uncertain Future

The JPA seems to be desperately attempting to avoid public disclosure.

Any discussions by the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority regarding Coliseum business would be subject to the Brown Act including any so-called retreat.

Posted by Mari jones on 11/09/2017 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Can Oakland Protect Chinatown and Eastlake?

I'm sorry but the median income there is not $17,000. A lot of folks in that neighborhood work under the table and don't report all their income. The median income is 2-3 times that amount. Families can't survive on $17K/year in Oakland, in one of the most expensive cities in the country w/o being on public assistance and sec 8 housing.

Posted by Jay78 on 11/08/2017 at 9:17 PM

Re: “The Oakland Coliseum’s Uncertain Future

BRING TOPGOLF!

Posted by Howard Oliver on 11/08/2017 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

This exercise will demonstrate to MLB that the A's need permission to build a ballpark in the South Bay. Oakland is contaminated with thousands of little one-hipster-and-a-dog advocacy groups that are all uniformly dedicated to preventing anyone from having a good time. After a couple dozen open mic city council meetings where these narcissists whine about climate change, Nelson Mandella, Trump's tax plan, and organic vegetables the owners will lift the South Bay ban.

Posted by Richard Bennett on 11/08/2017 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Can Oakland Protect Chinatown and Eastlake?

I wholeheartedly agree with Gary Patton's assessment. And already we see Oakland mayor and city govt kowtow to developers, billionaires, and corporations to the DETRIMENT of the city and many of its inhabitants. This is yet another crisis creator. ENOUGH! The A's should just stay at the Coliseum. There is NO reason to move other than to pour more money into millionaires's pockets at the expense of everyone, including the misguided, willingly uninformed A's fans who support this illogical project.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/08/2017 at 3:26 PM

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

Really a good article. If they leave they leave. I would rather a minor league team that does not black mail a small city so suburbanites can have their fun at our expense. I think the lake is the most vital jewel in this twon and far more valuable then any of these franchises to the health of the city. We passed a big measure to restore it and look at all the good things we have had happening there since. Thanks Mr. Gammon for this one

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 11/08/2017 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

I say "bust." The neighborhood will suffer while corporations (read: million- and billionaires) profit. It is sad to see so many Oaklanders willing to support this project just because they want "their" team to have a shiny, new ballpark. The environmental devastation to the area, excessive traffic on small streets, garbage from the fans, disruption of Laney College (who cares about education?), displacement of residents (once the stadium/condos start getting built you can bet landlords in the Clinton Square area will be evicting people/businesses left and right to make way for the more affluent and hastening even MORE homelessness in the area). THERE IS A BALLPARK ALREADY!!

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/08/2017 at 3:17 PM

Re: “The Oakland Coliseum’s Uncertain Future

Mark Davis was going to go where ever he could get the biggest handout, it's not Miley's fault. I'd love to see Oakland get another team. Our fans are the best and the Raiders would regret it every time they got their ass kicked here.

Posted by Jesse Adams on 11/08/2017 at 2:48 PM

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