County supervisors 'no shows' at Oakland A's lease extension meet

'Still outstanding issues,' one supervisor says

The board that oversees the sports facilities at the Oakland Coliseum site couldn't vote Friday on a proposal to extend the Oakland's A's lease because half the board was absent from the meeting.

Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, the chair of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority, called a special meeting for 8:30 a.m. to vote on the lease proposal, which would extend the baseball team's lease for another 10 years, but only four of the board's

eight members showed up.

Missing were Oakland City Councilmembers Larry Reid, the JPA's vice chair, and Rebecca Kaplan, as were sports agent Aaron Goodwin and Yui Hay Lee, president of an architectural and planning firm, who also represent Oakland on the board.

Miley said afterward that he was upset that Reid and Kaplan didn't attend the meeting, saying, "If the city has a problem with the proposal, they should vote the proposal up or down but they shouldn't hold up the meeting."

Miley said he knew that Goodwin and Lee couldn't attend the meeting because they had other commitments but the board would still have had a quorum if Reid and Kaplan had attended.

But Reid said he told Miley on Monday not to schedule the special meeting because the Oakland City Council believes there are still some outstanding issues that need to be resolved before the lease agreement is finalized.

The A's and the JPA agreed last November to extend the A's lease for two years, through the end of 2015. Miley said that since then the A's

and the JPA have been working on extending the lease for an additional 10 years.

City Council member Pat Kernighan and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said in a statement that they agree with Reid that, "It was clear we needed more time to negotiate terms that will keep the team in Oakland and protect residents' interests."

Kernighan and Quan said a meeting between city officials and the A's on Thursday "was productive and positive, though there are still material issues outstanding."

— Bay City News Service


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