Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wednesday Must Read: A’s Hire Architect for San Jose Ballpark; Polluters Pour Money in Prop 23

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland A’s co-owner Lew Wolff has hired a well-known stadium architect to design a new ballpark for the team in San Jose, the Chron reports. The decision by Wolff to hire 360 Architecture of Kansas City even though the A’s have not received approval from Major League Baseball to move to the South Bay further shows his strong determination to leave Oakland. The architecture firm also will design a new San Jose stadium for the Earthquakes soccer team, also owned by Wolff. He previously hired the same firm to design an A’s ballpark in Fremont.

2. Major out-of-state polluters are continuing to pour lots of cash into the Proposition 23 campaign, which would roll-back California’s landmark climate-change law. California Watch reports that Koch Industries of Wichita, Kansas, a giant refining and chemical company with annual revenues of $40 billion, pumped $1 million into the Yes on 23 campaign last week. Texas-based Tesoro oil company also donated $1 million last week, raising its total contributions to $1.5 million.

3. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has decided to not seek criminal charges against Alameda Councilwoman Lena Tam, the Island reports. The DA’s Office said there was insufficient evidence to prove that Tam leaked confidential city information to SunCal, the former developer of Alameda Point. The Alameda City Council plans to meet this week — without Tam — to decide whether to file a lawsuit against her over her actions. Tam, meanwhile, is calling for the resignation of Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant, who called for an investigation into the councilwoman.

4. Jerry Brown should stop spouting clichés and worthless bromides and needs to be brutally honest with voters if he’s going to win in November, says Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Steve Lopez in today’s LA Times.

5. And Hewlett Packard has filed suit against Oracle over its decision to hire HP’s recently ousted CEO, Mark Hurd.

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