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Re: “Updated: Opposition Emerges Right Off the Bat to A's Laney Ballpark Plans

There are a lot of reasons to be skeptical of all that the A's promise because of the examples that Rob Smith cites and so many others of "redevelopment" that primarily benefit the more affluent, at the expense of those less well-off, across the nation going back many decades.

BUT, I am hopeful in this case. This is not Lew Wolff's A's. The new ownership, to me, has stated their intentions succinctly and so far, are able to back up those good intentions with HUNDREDS of hours of community "listening" meetings. They are transparent with their own business objectives. But they are also very clear and specific about the multifaceted ways they define success. From their letter, Mr. Kaval states that the project must bolster and strengthen Laney College. And it must make sure that the new ballpark as well as any related developments lead to "inclusive and equitable" outcomes in the future. And he goes on to specify what exactly he means by those statements.

I agree with the Mayor that the A's proposal brings great opportunity, on many levels, but also could be a great threat. But they appear to be a partner with integrity and I welcome and support continuing community discussions and negotiations with them to develop a comprehensive plan that brings many more benefits than costs to Oakland.

Most mega development project sponsors are not nearly as authentically sensitive to their community impacts as the A's are. Let's keep an open mind.

Posted by Deni Adaniya on 09/13/2017 at 1:38 PM

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