A coalition of Port of Oakland shipping companies, truckers and other workers have filed a lawsuit in an effort to block the city and Oakland’s A’s plan to build a waterfront ballpark and surrounding village at Howard Terminal.
The lawsuit accuses the city of approving a flawed environmental impact report. that failed to address how the proposed ballpark and mixed-use development would disrupt workers and the transportation of cargo in and out of the port.
It was filed in Alameda County Superior Court by the East Oakland Stadium Alliance, Schnitzer Steel, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, the Harbor Trucking Association, California Trucking Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
The City Council certified the environmental impact report in February by declaring it met California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements. The report didn’t properly disclose all the impacts the proposed project would have on the environment or how to offset them, the suit alleges.
“The A’s proposal to build a stadium and luxury condominiums, office and retail development will cause major disruptions and impacts to both the surrounding community and the operations of the Port, yet the EIR did not fully address these concerns or mitigate these well-known issues,” Mike Jacob, vice president of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association said in an emailed statement. The association has been leading the coalition against redevelopment of the Howard Terminal site.