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Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

I think Kaval is being disingenuous. He said he has done neighborhood surveys. I know he had a meeting at La Estrellita, but that restarant is no longer representative of the neighborhood population. His whole mantra is private funding. Well that is appropriate as they are owned by a man fabulously wealthy who has drained the club of talent through his GM and just year after year received big money from MLB. You have the bond issue which we here in Oakland passed to improve water quality at the lake and the channel leading to it. For the first time in years folks are seeing striped bass in the lake and more fish from the bay. The walkway along the channel is lovely, and it has been money well spent. The Lake is the oldest bird sanctuary in the country and there is no study of noise implications for the wildlife that has returned to the area. I understood that there was money to be made available for the Coli site for infrastructure . Is that same money there for this project that was sprung on us?/ As the young man said, traffic around there is horrible in rush hour as we only have seventh street. No one entions that on the other side of Laney is OUSD headquarters scheduled for a rebuild. There are also three schools, Dewey , Met West and La Escualita. These schools plus Laney already have a trffic impact and when OUSD returns it promises to be greater still. 60 years ago the community was disrupted for the Nimitz and that is why the Buddhist Temple sits across from the park in front of Lake Merritt BART, as it was moved there. You now have a smaller temple a block from Laney as well. We all know that both East Lake and Chinatown will sufer massive disruption from this project. I am hoping Mr. Kaval is not totally wedded to this site and looks at Howard or the Coliseum, where he couldhave the advantage of being the sole tenant. The old Coli without Mt. Davis was a wonderful venue with it's veiw of the hilss an wonderful weather. The A's hav proven they can draw there, but most fans are like me. I will b glued to my tv set during the playoffs watching the ex A's play for contenders which this team has a possibility of being in the next year or so. Past practice tells us Beane will trade our budding talent as we are notably a farm team for other big league teams. I love the A's, but it hurts being one of their fans and this adds to the hurt.

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 10/02/2017 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

Mauricio, I think with the top-quality education you're getting from Laney, you can do better than a low-paying stadium/arena job.

Posted by Russell Mondy on 10/02/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

@Russell

I completely agree that there are legitimate concerns that will need to be answered by the Athletics. Most important, how will the A's look to lease/purchase the land, how will it benefit the college and how can we minimize the negative impact of neighborhood gentrification? Now that the MLB season's over for the A's, I fully expect the team to work with both the local community, the college and the city to develop an integrated plan.

The reality is gentrification has been going on in Oakland for quite awhile. When downtown Oakland is only a 15 min BART ride away from SF and you're located in one of the most expensive metro areas in the US, some people are going to get squeezed out of desirable neighborhoods with our without the stadium being built.

Tighter rent control seems like a sensible solution to protect those long-time residents that are most vulnerable. Again, with our without a new ballpark being built...

Posted by Damon M on 10/02/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

Corporate sports and their fans rule cities. They could care less about neighborhoods and schools being disrupted, or the businesses and people whose lives will be adversely effected. Nope. It's all about giving way to millionaires throwing a ball around.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 10/02/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

Concerns about the gentrifying affect of the ballpark, as well as the health of our community college system are legitimate.

The city will undoubtedly spend money on improving infrastructure and those improvements mean that working class renters will get squeezed out by the "invisible hand of the market." Parents will need to move further from their work, children will have to change schools, all displaced people will be uprooted from their community of friends and neighbors.

The city could ameliorate some of the stress this causes people, who are legitimately concerned, by tightening Oakland rent control.

I've read elsewhere that the Peralta Community College District would not be selling this public land but rather leasing it. If that were to provide a steady source of income, at a fair market rate, I would be inclined to support a land lease. That money could cetainly be used to improve the Colleges in the Peralta District.

Posted by Russell Ibrahim Blank on 10/01/2017 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

I read the A's site,http://www.oaklandballpark.com/, and it has NO answers to ANY concerns. It says the concerns will be addressed through community outreach and everything will be better for everyone. They don't even address purchasing or leasing the land. Money will rain from the sky by the new location and all the poor people will become well off....
IMHO

Posted by Mike Wagner on 09/30/2017 at 7:09 PM

Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

Sorry for the same post twice. Not intentional.

Posted by Damon M on 09/29/2017 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

Perhaps the biggest winner of the A's moving is poised to be Laney College. For the student complaining about a run down college, the money that the A's would offer the college for the land next to Laney could be used to modernize/revitalize the crumbling infrastructure. Please tell me where else this money would be coming from?

For the student who feared that he would lose his job if the A's moved, please read the quotes from college administrators in other articles expressing excitement about the internship/mentorship opportunities that the downtown park would have for Laney College students. Study the positive economic impact report that the ballpark will have on the city and the surrounding neighborhoods.

For the student that says he's now ashamed to wear A's gear because of the announcement. Yes, professional sports are a business. However, the A's have gone out of their way to build a ballpark that's inclusive of the entire community and embraces the diversity and community vibe that's uniquely Oakland. I see lots of people rockin the Green & Gold, and the vast majority are stoked that ownership has committed to the City of Oakland.

There are legitimate questions regarding traffic and congestion that the A's will need to address. It's important to protect the fabric of the local neighborhoods, and environmental impact reports to be completed. So now is the chance to engage in a dialogue with the team. Ultimately, this is about lifting up the community, supporting/being a good neighbor to the college and giving Oakland and the East Bay a park and a team ROOTED IN OAKLAND that we can all support and call our own.

Posted by Damon M on 09/29/2017 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

Perhaps the biggest winner of the A's moving is poised to be Laney College. For the student complaining about a run down college, the money that the A's would offer the college for the land next to Laney could be used to modernize/revitalize the crumbling infrastructure. Please tell me where else this money would be coming from?

For the student who feared that he would lose his job if the A's moved, please read the quotes from college administrators in other articles expressing excitement about the internship/mentorship opportunities that the downtown park would have for Laney College students. Study the positive economic impact report that the ballpark will have on the city and the surrounding neighborhoods.

For the student that says he's now ashamed to wear A's gear because of the announcement. Yes, professional sports are a business. However, the A's have gone out of their way to build a ballpark that's inclusive of the entire community and embraces the diversity and community vibe that's uniquely Oakland. I see lots of people rockin the Green & Gold, and the vast majority are stoked that ownership has committed to the City of Oakland.

There are legitimate questions regarding traffic and congestion that the A's will need to address. It's important to protect the fabric of the local neighborhoods, and environmental impact reports to be completed. So now is the chance to engage in a dialogue with the team. Ultimately, this is about lifting up the community, supporting/being a good neighbor to the college and giving Oakland and the East Bay a park and a team ROOTED IN OAKLAND that we can all support and call our own.

Open heart, open mind, open discussion... can't lose.

Posted by Damon M on 09/29/2017 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

Everybody likes the imagine their worst-case scenario. We don't have the problems these interview subjects speculate around the Coliseum, so I fail to see how moving the same crowd closer to Laney is going to make them (us) go buck wild.

Richard Bennett
University of Texas alumnus

Posted by Richard Bennett on 09/29/2017 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

I would highly encourage that everyone who has issues or concerns with why the A's picked this site either visit http://www.oaklandballpark.com, which has many of the answers to your concerns already listed, or by emailing/tweeting team president Dave Kaval.

This project is not going to hurt Laney or the surrounding area at all. In fact, this project can help make Laney better.

Keith Salminen
Producer & Co-Host of A's Fan Radio
Laney College Alumni

Posted by Keith Richard Salminen on 09/29/2017 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Wednesday’s Briefing: Schaaf Proposes Sanctioned Homeless Camps; Oakland May Miss Jan. 1 Deadline for Legal Pot

There's no constructive reason for denegrating Mayor Schaaf. Libby Schaaf loves her hometown and is determined to improve the lot of homeless men, women and children. Attend your City Council meetings, consider proposals and choose to be part of the solution.

Posted by helenwiells on 09/29/2017 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Warriors Pay $786,998 for 2017 Oakland Victory Parade

This seems like a shakedown by Oakland city officials to me, a 2015 parade costs $244K, yet 2 years later a parade costs $816K, inflation is not that high. If the estimate given was around $300K, how on earth can the city justify the actual bill of $816K ?

Posted by alphie noakes on 09/29/2017 at 7:18 AM

Re: “Warriors Pay $786,998 for 2017 Oakland Victory Parade

Did the earlier parade cost get covered? We started asking the city about it as soon as we saw the damage to the new plantings around 12th Street.

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 09/28/2017 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Thursday’s Briefing: 70% of Bay Area Residents Want More Housing in Cities; Ghost Ship Owner to Get $3.1M Payout

As anyone familiar with the art and science of urban planning knows, you cannot simply build more housing without taking into account, designing and planning finance for all the infrastructure required to support the increased housing. That's the facts folks.

One of the reasons we have a housing shortage, displacement of mostly poorer folks, huge freeway jams and a way-overburdened public transportation system, not to mention bad air and water pollution and a lurking longterm problem with water supply, is that we as a region completely failed to do the urban planning necessary to support the importing into the region of a huge supply of tech workers.

Planning is all about thinking about the future. No amount of partial patchwork attempts to provide a partial "solution" (more housing) will solve the interrelated problems of our region.

One fundamental approach towards dealing with these challenges is to begin to elect real leaders in our cities, towns and counties. Leaders who can actually lead and who are not tied to special interests which exploit a single aspect of growth, like housing, retail and corporate facility development.

We need to be able to get around better. The robocars Silicon Valley wants to sell us ain't the answer. For those who can think historically, robocars came from Big Auto's vision of an automated future developed in the 1950s. We need to look to a real future rather than to be led back to the past.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/28/2017 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Attorneys Tell Federal Judge OPD Commanders Should Still be Disciplined for Mishandling Sex Crimes Case

Burris is a man who sees the city of Oakland as a target for his financial improvement. He has zero business making ANY recommendations about its behavior.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 09/28/2017 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Wednesday’s Briefing: Schaaf Proposes Sanctioned Homeless Camps; Oakland May Miss Jan. 1 Deadline for Legal Pot

Mayor Schaaf has been watching the accounts on TV of all the refugee camps in Africa and the Middle East. I'm sure she envisions time living there to be like her summer camp days when she was a few years younger.

Bottom line: World-style refugee camps aren't a solution. Nor are homeless camps in Oakland. Let's talk about why we are at war in the Middle East and why we have been at war with the poor. That conversation might lead somewhere.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/27/2017 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Attorneys Tell Federal Judge OPD Commanders Should Still be Disciplined for Mishandling Sex Crimes Case

Of course not Millie... Only government corruption counts.

By the way, where DO you think government corruption starts?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/27/2017 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Attorneys Tell Federal Judge OPD Commanders Should Still be Disciplined for Mishandling Sex Crimes Case

Conflict of interest wouldn't even be an issue to discuss if the officers had been disciplined and denied their promotions like they should have been.

Posted by Millie C on 09/27/2017 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Urban Shield Task Force Appointee and Gun Dealer Calls Police Critics 'Terrorists'

As an Alameda County resident, I am deeply disturbed by this threatening, disparaging and racist behavior by a public representative sitting on an Alameda County public task force. Given that this representative was recommended by Sheriff Ahern, I am concerned that the behavior reinforces a pattern of racism and antiimmigrant policy that I have witnessed emanating from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office: from strongly opposing the California Values Act to publicly supporting the nomination of AG Jeff Sessions. Especially at a time when white supremacy and militarization are so explicit at the highest levels of government in the United States, I am horrified that our county hosts a weapons expo and militarization training event for swat teams from around the world. I hope that the community effort led by Stop Urban Shield succeeds in redirecting resources to deescalation, community preparedness and nonmilitarized emergency response. Bravo for that work, and to all who hold fast to a vision of freedom and justice, on a foundation of love and care for each other.

Posted by Kat Gilje on 09/27/2017 at 12:23 PM

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