Calls for Oakland ballpark strikeout

Longshoremen and port businesses continue to oppose a proposal by the Oakland Athletics to build a baseball stadium on Port of Oakland property.

Scott Taylor, president and chief executive officer of GSC Logistics, asked the Oakland City Council Tuesday evening to do everything you can to support this port.”

GSC is involved in port drayage, intrastate and interstate trucking as well as deconsolidation and transloading of cargo. Scott said GSC handles about 12% of the import merchandise at the Port of Oakland and “pours about $40 million into the Oakland economy” through wages.

Calling the port the “economic engine of Northern California,” he said the port supports thousands of jobs, with drivers earning more than $100,000 and warehouse workers making $50,000.

“These are not peanut vendor jobs, these are not hot dog vendor jobs,” he said.

Taylor pointed to a Bay Area Seaport Forecast prepared by the consultants Tioga Group and Hackett Associates for the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), which is updating its seaport plan to forecast through 2050 future needs for throughput marine cargo through the San Francisco Bay region’s ports and the throughput capacity of the ports.

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