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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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With no deal in sight, Oakland takes heat on A’s ballpark proposal | Courthouse News Service

Oakland’s negotiations with the Oakland A’s around a $12 billion baseball stadium have hit another snag: there’s no deal on the table and no financial analysis of the project, which is required for the proposal to move forward.

Oakland residents and the City Council expected a full financial review of the controversial proposed Howard Terminal ballpark for West Oakland at a Tuesday meeting. But the city’s staff admitted in a Sept. 16 update that the Tuesday discussion was being reduced to an oral report on the project’s status.

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Editorial: With state budget roller coast heading down, giveaway to billionaire looks worse than ever | San Diego Union-Tribune

In the corporate world, a publicly owned business that knowingly hid the true intent of a massive spending provision from shareholders and regulators would be subject to a Securities and Exchange Commission inquiry and face lawsuits from outraged investors. But in the California state government — despite voter-enacted laws demanding openness in decision-making — there are no such negative consequences to fear. This week, two news accounts helped illustrate the irresponsibility of just such a maneuver last year in Sacramento.

On Monday, state officials reported revenue for the current fiscal year was on track to be $5 billion — and perhaps as much as $25 billion — short of spring forecasts. Given how dependent the state treasury is on capital gains taxes — and given Wall Street’s recent doldrums — this was no surprise. The revenue roller coaster is part of life in California and should lead to frugality even when times are flush.

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Commentary: California taxpayers will subsidize new A's ballpark | CalMatters

As the 2021-22 state budget was being finalized in June of last year, a $279.5 million appropriation was quietly inserted into the massive spending plan before it was sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom.

“Funds appropriated in this item shall be for the Port of Oakland for improvements that facilitate enhanced freight and passenger access and to promote the efficient and safe movement of goods and people,” the budget declared.

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Key approval for A’s Howard Terminal ballpark challenged in new lawsuit | SF Chronicle

A coalition of port workers, truckers and cargo terminal operators filed a lawsuit against the state agency that voted earlier this summer to allow Howard Terminal to be used for the A’s $12 billion proposed waterfront project.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in Alameda County Superior Court, alleges that the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission violated environmental law and failed to take into account environmental impacts of the A’s proposed stadium and surrounding development project. The A’s are named in the lawsuit as a relevant party.

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Commentary: Having Our Say on Howard Terminal | Oakland Post

Voters in a democracy should always get the final say. A recent poll indicates that 76% of those asked believed that the voters should have been allowed to weigh in on whether public dollars should be spent on the Howard Terminal project that would create a new home for the Oakland A’s. Twelve thousand people signed a petition to encourage our City Council to put the question to the voters as to whether any public monies — local, state or federal — should be used to build the stadium, affordable housing or to finance infrastructure in an around the Howard Terminal site. The City Council rejected this reasonable request, and it makes us wonder, “Why?”

Why would the Mayor and the City Council be reluctant to hear from the voters, even if it was a “non-binding” vote? A representative democracy requires that we listen to the will of the people.

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