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With Oakland A’s future uncertain, city to spend big on transit improvements around the proposed ballpark | East Bay Times

The billion-dollar question in Oakland – whether the A’s are actually moving into a new ballpark and building thousands of homes near the harbor – remains unanswered.

In the meantime, the city wants to start spending $259 million in state grant money intended to support the roughly $12 billion proposed development at Howard Terminal, even as its future remains in limbo.

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Oakland mayor wants every U.S. adult to kick in $1 toward a new A's stadium | Field of Schemes

I’ve written here before about cities and teams that are looking for a cut of federal infrastructure money to help in building sports venues, now that there’s that trillion-dollar infrastructure bill hanging out there like so much fresh meat. Mostly that’s been a few million here and there, but Oakland mayor-for-another-few-weeks Libby Schaaf, who has about a half-billion-dollar budget hole for an A’s stadium even after putting in $495 million in city infrastructure money, has previously talked about seeking $180 million in “federal grants.” And now we know where that money would come from, and of course it’s the infrastructure bill. As Oakland urban policy advocate Kitty Kelly Epstein wrote in a San Francisco Chronicle op-ed:

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Building a new Oakland A's stadium is bad for Oakland | SF Chronicle

Once in a generation — if we’re lucky — we see huge federal investment in infrastructure. Thanks to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Mega Grant programcommunities across the country have been asked to identify their highest-priority projects in the first round of long-needed transportation investment funding to help make U.S. transit safer, more efficient and resilient to future challenges. 

But not all projects hit that mark.  

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‘The devil is in the details’: Why the Oakland A’s plan to fund a new ballpark hasn’t worked in other cities | SF Chronicle

The renderings of the Oakland A’s proposed ballpark at Howard Terminal show towers and mid-rise buildings sprouting up behind home plate and swooping in a semi-circle from home plate to the left-field bleachers.

For city planners, the collection of glassy buildings depicted in these proposals is more than just an effort to create a busy waterfront neighborhood that has a lure beyond the team’s 81 home games. The buildings — 1.5 million square feet of office space, 3,000 housing units, a 3,500-seat concert venue, 200,000 square feet of retail, a 400-room hotel — are an economic engine that will pay for hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements.

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Oakland Taxpayers Stand to be Stuck With the Tab to Subsidize A’s Proposed Howard Terminal Ballpark Complex | American Journal of Transportation

Despite promises by Oakland City officials that the $12 billion Oakland A’s ballpark and condominium complex at the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal will not require taxpayer funding, there is growing concern that Oakland taxpayers may be required to foot part of the bill.

“The right question to ask is: … ‘Who’s stuck with the tab?”
Mike Jacob, Vice President & General Counsel, PMSA

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The Bills are getting a $1.4bn stadium, but taxpayers will pick up the tab | The Guardian

The Buffalo Bills are among the favorites to win the Super Bowl in February but Dennice Barr has other priorities as winter approaches.

Barr is a community leader in the Fruit Belt, an historic but deprived majority African American area near downtown Buffalo. With a median household income of under $28,000, a ticket to an NFL game is out of reach for many residents. As the cost of living soars and the weather worsens they are more focused on access to food and heating.

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How much will taxpayers have to pay for Oakland A’s $12 billion ballpark development to get built? | SF Chronicle

From the start of the Oakland Athletics’ years-long quest to build a new ballpark in the city, residents and officials wanted to know: How much will this project cost taxpayers?

Now, years into the team’s bid to build a $12 billion project that includes a 35,000-seat ballpark, housing, retail, a hotel and more, with the team pushing to get a vote on the project by year’s end, it’s still not clear exactly how much public money is involved.

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Step up America, A’s owner John Fisher needs you to fund his new ballpark | SF Chronicle

To keep the Oakland Athletics rooted in Oakland, it takes a village ... and much more.

Keeping the A’s rooted in Oakland started as a project and a challenge for Oakland city government, but has morphed into a state and national project.

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Oakland seeking to pay off $1.13B+ in A’s costs with more federal grants, siphoning off sales taxes | Field of Schemes

It’s been a while since anyone has reported on the $1 billion or more in infrastructure spending — much of it to build new underpasses and overpasses and shuttle bus routes to get fans to an otherwise largely inaccessible industrial area — that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is trying to raise for a new A’s stadium, and today the San Francisco Chronicle decided to give a shot at tallying up where all the potential subsidy money would come from. The answer: wherever Schaaf can find it.

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Oakland is securing over $320 million in public funds for A’s ballpark upgrades. But that might not be enough | SF Chronicle

Time is running out for the Oakland Athletics and the city of Oakland to reach a deal by the end of the year.

Oakland leaders painted a stark picture Tuesday of negotiations between the city and the A’s on a $12 billion waterfront ballpark project and surrounding development, saying the two sides still need to hammer out how to pay for millions of dollars in infrastructure upgrades, and agree on affordable housing and a non-relocation agreement.

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