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Editorial: MLB chief reveals Oakland A’s want a taxpayer subsidy

Major League Baseball’s commissioner has put the lie to the Oakland A’s claim that they’re not seeking a taxpayer subsidy for a new waterfront ballpark.

Commissioner Rob Manfred last week threatened that the A’s might leave town and slammed city officials for filing a lawsuit trying to block Alameda County from selling its half-interest in the Oakland Coliseum to the baseball team.

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A’s ballpark doesn’t belong next to Port of Oakland

No amount of expensive rebranding and impressive architectural renderings will change the stubborn fact that the only institution historically “rooted” to Oakland’s waterfront has nothing to do with Major League Baseball.

Since 1871, when the Central Pacific long wharf connected the transcontinental railroad to direct deep-sea access, Oakland’s working port has been a worldwide commercial shipping destination. Over 150 years, we have built the Port of Oakland into the economic linchpin for the city of Oakland and the undeniable center of gravity of international trade for the San Francisco Bay Area and all of northern California. 

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The Latest Waterfront Development Hustle

Where there is the allure of the water, there is no shortage of dreamers, visionaries, hucksters, investors, or salesmen willing to expound on the endless new possibilities.

It's a tale as old as time. Which is why some of the oldest land use regulations, notably the public trust doctrine, have survived as basic underpinning notions of western property law. The importance of the preservation of public control and access to navigable waterways and urban waterfronts for water dependent uses, such as commerce, may not be readily obvious to the average citizen, but that doesn't change the basic and indisputable logic and necessity of the rules.

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Editorial: Oakland A’s shouldn’t get sweetheart Coliseum deal

Alameda County supervisors should abandon their plans to sell half-ownership of the Oakland Coliseum to the A’s and instead return to the bargaining table with the city.

Four months ago, the county reached a non-binding agreement to sell its 50% interest in the sports facility to the baseball team. But the A’s aren’t interested in building a ballpark there; they have their sights set on the waterfront near Jack London Square. They want the Coliseum property, which the Golden State Warriors and Oakland Raiders are also abandoning, to make millions on development.

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A’s move from Coliseum would be insult to East Oakland residents

The Oakland Coliseum has been home to the A’s since 1968, and the baseball team is an integral part of East Oakland’s identity and history. 

When built, the Coliseum brought promises of transit and affordable housing that justified large infrastructure costs and the use of eminent domain to displace East Oakland residents.

Unfortunately, the current proposal to move the A’s out of the Coliseum and into a new ballpark at Howard Terminal on the waterfront is essentially forsaking the significant investment in the Coliseum. 

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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.

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Port Stakeholders Bring A's Ballpark Opposition To City Council

Stakeholders at the Port of Oakland on Tuesday gave the Oakland City Council an earful of concerns with a proposal for a new Oakland A's ballpark near Jack London Square. 

One company said that the project could hurt the region's economy by hampering the port's potential expansion. Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union said they did not feel like they had been adequately consulted. 

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Mixed reaction from city council on new Oakland A's stadium legislation

East Oakland Stadium Alliance was at the Oakland City Hall rallying against two pending bills in the state legislature that they say will fast-track approval and public financing for the Oakland A's new stadium proposal which includes mixed-use development at the Howard Terminal site.

"What they are proposing here today is to constrict the port of Oakland,” said Clarence Thomas with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

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Proposed A's ballpark on Oakland waterfront met with more opposition

Momentum is growing for the proposed Oakland A's waterfront ballpark at Howard Terminal, but not everyone is sold on the project.

Member of the East Oakland Stadium Alliance rallied outside city hall opposing the new construction for the site in the Port of Oakland. 

Oakland has already lost two major pro sports teams, the Warriors and the Raiders. 

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Oakland council taking its time, wants answers about A’s ballpark and financing

With hearings set to begin today, the Oakland City Council appears to be in no rush to approve the Oakland A’s ambitious plan for a waterfront ballpark development at Howard Terminal.

“We have a lot of questions,” Oakland City Councilman Noel Gallo said.

“We are not going to be rushed. It is going to be done on our timeline, not the A’s timeline,” Councilman Dan Kalb added.

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