Oakland officials seeking way to keep A's in city

Considering new stadium near Jack London Square or one to replace its Coliseum site

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan says she and other city officials still want to keep the A's baseball team in Oakland even though the team has expressed interest in moving to San Jose.

Quan said at a news conference at City Hall on Friday that the city is looking at two proposals for new stadiums aimed at keeping the A's in Oakland, which has been its home since 1968.

One proposal, which has been under discussion for several years, is for a 39,000-seat baseball stadium to be built a few blocks south of Jack London Square in an area known as Victory Square.

The site is bounded by Oak Street to the west, Embarcadero to the south, Lake Merritt Channel to the east and Interstate Highway 880 to the north.

Quan said the second proposal is to build a new baseball-only stadium in the area where the Coliseum hosts both the A's and the Oakland Raiders football team.

City Council President Larry Reid said the proposed new stadium would be part of a new "Coliseum City" complex that would also include movie theaters, restaurants, entertainment venues and housing.

He said it would be similar to L.A. Live, an entertainment complex adjacent to the Staples Center, which is the home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers basketball teams and the Los Angeles Kings hockey team.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to build a new baseball stadium, but obviously the A's future is up to Major League Baseball," Reid said.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig appointed a committee in March 2009 to study whether the team should stay in Oakland or move to San Jose or Fremont, but more than two and a half years later the committee is still studying the issue and has not made any recommendations.

Quan sent a letter to Selig on Friday saying she wants to make "unequivocally clear" that city leaders, the business community and A's fans "fully support the Oakland A's remaining in Oakland."

Quan told Selig, "We believe we have the only sites that can be delivered by 2014."

The mayor said, "My advocacy for keeping the A's is not about baseball or a particular sports franchise, it is about doing what is best for the city."

Quan said, "I am convinced Oakland has the best weather, transportation, fan base and sites available to MLB."

Reid said six firms have responded to the city's request for proposals to develop the proposed Coliseum City project.

He said Assistant City Administrator Fred Blackwell will analyze the proposals later this month and present his recommendation to the City

Council in January.

Reid and Blackwell both downplayed reports that the owners of the Oakland-based Golden State Warriors basketball team, Joe Lacob and Peter

Guber, met with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on Wednesday to talk about building a new basketball arena in San Francisco.

Blackwell said Lacob and Guber also met with Quan this week and told her they believe it is their responsibility to explore all options for building a new arena.

Blackwell said Lacob and Guber have not said they will not stay in Oakland.

Reid said, "We're hoping we can keep the Warriors" by developing the proposed Coliseum City complex so that it can accommodate new arena for the Warriors as well as a new baseball-only stadium for the A's and a new football-only stadium for the Raiders.

"It can truly be something special for all the sports franchises," said Reid, who represents the area where the complex is located.

Ananda Shorey, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Charlie Brown
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Dec 9, 2011 at 8:43 am

Bonds to get 15 months in the slammer while Corsine who "Doesn't know where the money went" and Holder who can't define what a lie is and is ultimately responsibility for the spilled blood as a result of "Fast and Furious" will both walk away without even a hand slap,

Do no raise your kid to be a ball player, raise him to be an attorney or politician.

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Posted by Robert
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Dec 9, 2011 at 11:08 am

The newspaper reporter who accepted the Grand Jury testimony should be sentenced to 15 months in jail. Grand Jury testimony is not to be made public. He made of a mockery of our Grand Jury process and wasted millions of tax dollars going after a baseball player accused of taking steroids. Who cares? Is this for real?
Whereas Congressmen-both Republicans and Democrats- are held unaccountable for inside trading violations. By the laws they had written.

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Posted by Mort
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 9, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Two wrongs do not make one right. Bringing politician's mistakes in the discussion will not make Bond's guilt disappear. He broke the law and he should pay the consequences. So should the politicians, but we are talking Barry Bonds here. Don't try and defend the ball player because he is a ball player. He is no better than anyone.

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Birdland
on Dec 9, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I must say that Mort has a good point regarding our "esteemed" elected officials. I don't mean to minimize the actions that Barry Bonds took, however they do pale when we consider the legalized thievery practiced by our elected representatives. It seems each day, more comes out on how the people in Washington D.C. that supposedly represent us are only enriching their own coffers.

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Posted by paul
a resident of another community
on Dec 9, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Barry Bonds has already given a portion of his life as the roids will certainly diminish his lifespan. Skinny dudes live, big dudes die. Hope he lives and gets probation.

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Posted by What's the point?
a resident of Foothill High School
on Dec 9, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I'm not a sports fan and yet I just don't get the point of all this. So he lied about taking steroids. Who gives a crap? Who did he hurt beside himself/his health? Politicians, financial execs and business execs lie all the time, hurt/destroy the lives of innocent people and at best they get a slap on the hand. The prosecutor should be fired for wasting tax dollars on his relentless pursuit of 'justice'.

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Posted by Chuck Wiedel
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 12, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I thought the subject was the A's................??
I personally think the A's would be better off in Santa Clara or San jose. I am NOT an AL fan, anyhow, and obviously there are NOT enough of them to jusfify keeping the A's in a failing City. Put your money where your mouth is, folks!
If YOU owned a multi-million dollar business -- the A's, for instance, --- would you really CHOOSE to locate in a City with their lack of leadership, murder rate, crime, etc., etc????? I doubt it. Why COMPEL the A's to stay, then? Oakland, and other cities like them, with the same problems, have to WAKE UP and ACT like a REAL, enticing CITY if they want to retain major league sports franchises. I wouldn't put my money on Oakland, Thank You.

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