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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

Re: “Laney or Bust!

"The As, of course, could have avoided most if not all of these headaches by selecting either of the other sites. In fact, there likely wouldve been no political or community opposition to either of them. "

That sound you heard was absolutely everyone reading this article laughing their asses off. Absolutely no major development in the Bay Area occurs without a cacophony of opposition.

The Jack London site would've incurred most of the same complaints about PTH: Parking, Transit, and Housing, except that it would actually have been further from a BART station. Any development would've required an EIR, and the Howard Terminal site (what people call 'Jack London') would've required hundreds of millions in clean-up after decades of heavy industrial use.

Nice job trolling. I hope the traffic helps keep the Express going, as I still really enjoy it as our local alt weekly.

Posted by Kai Chang on 11/08/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “The Oakland Coliseum’s Uncertain Future

So Nate Miley is scheduling a Coliseum JPA retreat to discuss options for the site when all the sports teams go away. That would include an idea that a new NFL franchise may be discussed. Are these folks using medical cannabis? Is it just me or does this group of idiots realize that their collective mismanagement and lack of oversight allowed the Raiders to leave, TWICE? The obvious and continuous collective incompetence of this group is unparalleled in modern sports. There is evidence of millions of dollars of political ticket giveaways to themselves and friends. They just gave a big raise to an executive manager for a JPA overseeing a site where ALL of the sports teams are leaving.They made a bad financial deal when the Raiders returned and the citizens will continue to pay the debt for Mt Al even after the team moves to Las Vegas. Not only that, the debt will continue to hinder future reuse of the site. This group failed to use the only leverage they had and allowed Marc Davis to sign yearly leases as he not only refused to come up with a viable set of plans, but continuously, publicly and disrespectfully negotiated with any city who would listen in order to move the team. The new Warriors owners blindsided this group and as soon as they won a championship announced a move to SF. The A's now prefer another location, despite the Coliseum being the best site in terms of regional public transportation access and up front economics of building a new ballpark. There should be a meeting all right. The meeting should be to fire Miley and the rest of these clowns and find some smart people to oversee the future reuse of this property. There is no historical evidence whatsoever to suggest that this group is capable of anything but more of the same incompetence they have shown over the last 20 years.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/08/2017 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

Every study by non-partisan economists finds that stadiums are a COST to the population. For example, "In cities that have baseball franchises, the net effect of an existing baseball team playing in a 37,000-seat baseball-only stadium (the average capacity of the baseball stadiums in our sample) is a $10 reduction of real per capita income." This site is particularly offensive because it will slowly choke Laney College to death and because it will make travel from the east into downtown Oakland more difficult.…

Posted by Charlie Pine on 11/08/2017 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

The park would need to be quite tall to have "sweeping views of Lake Merritt" from this location.

Posted by Scott G. on 11/08/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

Considering Ernest Montague's history of right-wing, pro-OPD/pro-gun/anti-Antifa comments, it is odd indeed to see him siding with the environment. Perhaps he's a Giants fan.

Posted by John Seal on 11/08/2017 at 11:56 AM

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

I really hate the noise, and the impact of their excessively loud fireworks shows will be very disruptive to the birdlife, as well as numerous people who live by the lake.

Posted by Mary Dresser on 11/08/2017 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

There's a completed EIR for the existing coliseum area. And how much did the city spend on that area plan they did a couple years ago?

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 11/08/2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Letters of The Week: Our Readers Chime in on Alameda Landlords

Frank Snapp: I've got a better idea. Let's just nationalize all the assets of the wealthy scum who have assets, and give them to the needy poor.

That will surely fix things and bring about economic equity.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/08/2017 at 9:40 AM

Re: “The Laney College Opposition

Oakland needs Laney College a lot more than it needs the A's.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/08/2017 at 9:31 AM

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

Good article.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/08/2017 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

The environmental impact reports needed to start three years ago. I agree with this article. If it was located elsewhere than on already compromised wetland margins, it might be easier. Oakland will live without the A's.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/08/2017 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Can Oakland Protect Chinatown and Eastlake?

This is really not brain surgery folks. If you have to adopt interim zoning restrictions to limit the economic and social impacts of a new ball park on the existing residents and neighborhood, chances are this is not the right site. It's like taking the antibiotics before the infection arrives.The controls are interim and once removed, there will be a yard sale that will quickly drive up rents and land values in the Eastlake district. That's how the market works and nothing the city can do will change it. Believe me, developers are already cueing up for the assault.The result will be massive displacement of low income residents and the fabric of this neighborhood will be changed forever. Oakland is a city of neighborhoods. Both West Oakland and North Oakland have already been gentrified over the last 20 years. Many lower income people and families who resided in these neighborhoods for nearly a century are now gone. Does Eastlake deserve the same fate? Does every neighborhood need to be invaded by Starbucks, yoga studios and expensive condos?That is not what makes the character of a city rich or diverse. Do not be fooled, the City of Oaklands interim control solution is just a ploy to keep public opposition at bay while the A's can throw a few million dollars at the project and create the kind of political momentum that the neighbors will never be able to stop. The city should be figuring out how to invest, support and retain the special character of Eastlake instead of greasing the rails for it's demise.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/08/2017 at 4:03 AM

Re: “Can Oakland Protect Chinatown and Eastlake?

If the price of a stadium is a de facto three-year moratorium on infill housing projects all the way out to 14th and Franklin, screw the stadium.

This smells an awful lot like people who always oppose new housing downtown (hi Naomi!) using the stadium as a pretext to get the building freeze they've always wanted.

Posted by C.J. Garrett on 11/07/2017 at 10:08 PM

Re: “The A’s Must Hang on to Young Talent

Beane Cult members are mostly more baseball rotisserie players than actual baseball fans...revolving door will always be working as long as Billy Boy is the fantasy A's baseball team.

Posted by Lil Bartholo on 11/07/2017 at 2:27 PM

Re: “The A’s Must Hang on to Young Talent

Hes at worst the teams third-best hitter and earns the MLB minimum salary. Huh?

According to Baseball Prospectus, Healy in 2017 was the 9th best of the remaining A's hitters. He doesn't have a position in the field where he's not a liability. Moving him now makes perfect sense, while he still might bring something in return.

Posted by mugwump2 on 11/07/2017 at 12:04 PM

Re: “The Woman Behind Oakland's Mobile Food Scene

The "New Oakland" food trucks for the techie/finance trend-oids sell small plates of food for the same price as a dish in a restaurant. Young affluent white people aren't selling this stuff, they're the ones lining up for 30 mins for a craft hot dog on a sustainably sourced wooden stick.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/07/2017 at 10:05 AM

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