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

I agree with this letter in the 9/6 Chronicle:
Why not remodel Oakland Coliseum ?

Regarding Oakland dinosaur the last of its kind (Sept. 4): What with the upcoming departure of the Oakland Raiders, why cant the Oakland Coliseum be remodeled instead of replaced? It is my understanding (and experience) that the field and most seating are great for baseball; it is the behind the seats areas that are the pits. For a fraction of the cost of a new facility, the concourses can be remodeled and new ones constructed, suites installed and the whole facility spruced up.

The location, with direct access from the freeway, two passenger railroads and an international airport, cant be beat. A deal can be made with the San Francisco Giants to share AT&T Park for a season or two while the work is being done. For a third to half the cost, and half the construction time, a great 50-year-old stadium will be good as new and ready to go for another 50 years, as a baseball stadium.

Richard Weitzenberg, Sacramento

Posted by Joyce Roy on 09/07/2017 at 7:46 PM

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

I highly disagree. This would create so many new jobs for the neighborhood, business for existing businesses, generate tax dollars for the city, plus jobs jobs jobs. There are building the park with zero tax dollars and now the concern is people will get displaced? The reason people are getting displaced in this city is because of people who keep protesting against building more housing. You can't have it both ways.

Posted by Jay78 on 09/07/2017 at 10:09 AM

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

What is wrong with the current site? Next to the BART station. Convenient. Moving it next to Laney College will increase traffic and the surrounding SMALL streets can't accommodate it. Not to mention the displacement of hundreds, if not a couple thousand, current residents. STUPID STUPID STUPID.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 09/07/2017 at 9:14 AM

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

It's far more important to build a Laney stadium, get rid of all those pesky low income people, and ensure and endless supply of free tickets to the games for the City Council and Mayor. Where are your priorities, people? Too bad about the wetlands, but that's life.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 09/07/2017 at 9:02 AM

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

It's clear the decision will have a negative impact on Laney College, and its already marginalized, and increasingly displaced students' and the cultural life of the city. I can imagine a city with both, but not at the same spot. #LeaveLaneyAlone

Posted by CStroffolino on 09/06/2017 at 10:10 PM

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

Yes I do and totally disagree. That attitude is condemning entrepreneurs to being bottom of the barrel. Why not try something that will really help these people achieve higher like lobbying for investment by the As and the city in existing local businesses for improvements to rise the tide for everyone. Pushing to keep low income people as low income people is a losing strategy. Be a fighter to raise the tide for everyone.

Posted by Nutella PR on 09/06/2017 at 6:41 PM

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

Nutella PR, do you have any idea what businesses currently exist in that area? Most of the existing businesses are low-margin and serve minority (Southeast Asian) communities. They are not in a position to capitalize on the changes a ballpark would bring to the neighborhood, but landlords can and will capitalize on those changes. The result will be displacement of the people who live here now and the businesses that serve them. Yes, there will be winners to offset the losers. Here's how it will go down, by and large: The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. You see no problem with this?

And Paula Martin, NO to eminent domain anywhere in Oakland. Period. "Most of what's there can easily be relocated" is a horribly entitled attitude. If the people whose property and businesses are in that area really feel they can "easily be relocated," then whoever can make better use of their land should easily be able to buy it from them. If they don't feel that way, no one has a legitimate right to displace them.

Posted by Esteban Camilo on 09/06/2017 at 6:25 PM

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

WHY DON'T THEY PUT IT DOWNTOWN. Jesus. Or in Jack London Square?

Posted by Jono Schneider on 09/06/2017 at 3:36 PM

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

This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. What kind of business owner would not want a 10x-100x increase in foot traffic and money to spend on their business. Instead of always seeing change as negative, for once I'd like to see entrepreneurs and communities ask "How can we benefit and win from this?" instead of taking a damn defeatist approach from the beginning.

Posted by Nutella PR on 09/06/2017 at 11:19 AM

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

Impacts on the nearby channel from Lake Merritt to the estuary must be considered. The Peralta area is part of the lifeline for Lake Merritt, sits in the former marshlands, and should not be buried under ever more concrete infrastructure. Instead, it should be handled sensitively and developed as a water, parks, and habitat resource. The Peralta site is the least good choice.

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 09/06/2017 at 11:08 AM

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: “It's Time To Overturn the State Ban on Rent Control

Repealing Costa Hawkins would simply ease the burden on families like mine who struggle to keep up with UNLIMITED rent increases. I am a single mom and lord knows I am not the only one. We need to do it and I feel it painfully. Creating more housing and preventing speculators from keeping units vacant are also important. We don't need a competition about which route is best; we need to do all three.

Posted by Julie Pastore on 07/29/2017 at 8:12 PM

Re: “It's Time To Overturn the State Ban on Rent Control

@ Jeff Diver,
You say, "Rent control has not provided a single unit of housing. What it does do is put the burden of affordability on the backs of owners of older buildings- which typically need more maintenance and have more expenses." I thought that there are provisions within the rent control ordinance to allow for extra rent increases when extra repairs are necessary?

Posted by Julie Pastore on 07/29/2017 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Oakland's Culture Clash

Oooooohhhh very well put Carol, I'm from Oakland and there is a lot of truth to everything you have written.
RESPECT AND LOVE is a key attribute for balance.

Posted by Ahmad Muwwakkil on 04/05/2017 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Oakland's Culture Clash

Actually, don't come to First Friday. The people in the neighborhood that actually live where it happens (me being one of them) hate it. It inconveniences and disturbs us, and the police harass the homeless people in the area that have been displaced by rising rents and illegal evictions in order to "clean up" to hide the city's inhuman treatment of homeless folks -- most of which are people of color. Two buildings for disabled people have residents that are literally prisoners on that night because they're wheelchair bound and the crowds are anything but wheelchair friendly. Drunk people cause a fuss in the streets when our children are trying to sleep. The neighborhood the days after is awash in garbage. First Friday is part of the gentrification long time residents of Oakland hate. So stay home or go somewhere else on the first Friday of the month because we don't want you here.

Posted by Rue Malifiche on 08/04/2016 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Oakland's Culture Clash

Wow. It has gotten bad there. I owed a home in West Oakland from 2005 to 2008. In 2004 the city of Oakland was supposed to help build a People's Co-op Grocery store where the old abandon train station is on Wood St. They didn't do this not because the funds weren't there or that they didn't have a location. The real and honest reason simply is that city officials don't care about the black community. If you live there or move there, help support community gardens, keep calling and writing to the city until they come through with their end of the bargain, and if you can help the schools out by offering to tutor kids that need it for free. It's been over ten years that the city was suppose to build the grocery store. It's time. And if you have a problem with music then don't live there. West Oakland historically was been one of the corner stones for jazz, blues, hip hop, you name it. There are several music studios in West Oakland. That neighborhood has been a black community for many generations and they deserve some respect and some nurturing.

Posted by Cari Geld on 07/22/2016 at 12:37 PM

Re: “It's Time To Overturn the State Ban on Rent Control

In regards to the amount of existing housing units in Oakland and the myth that more housing needs to be built-
According to the last US Census and data from the City of Oakland, the number of vacant, habitable Oakland housing units being purposefully held off of the rental and sale market by the owner is 6.2 per every unsheltered person in Oakland.
The housing crisis in Oakland is not about a lack of housing units, it is about a lack of access to the existing housing. Access to housing is blocked not only by sky rocketing prices, it is also blocked by the city's and the state's policy of allowing housing to sit vacant in the midst of a housing crisis of historic proportions. Oakland citizens die on the streets while our elected officials allow speculator property owners to hold housing units vacant thus decreasing the supply in a time of extremely high demand. Consequently the lack of supply drives the rental prices and thus property values unattainably high.

Posted by Kelly Jewett 1 on 06/16/2016 at 12:20 PM

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