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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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HTA’S Jerry Moro – “Proposed A’s Ballpark Threatens Harbor Trucking & Port of Oakland Operations”

Jerry Moro, director of Northern California Operations for the Harbor Trucking Association, says plans for the Oakland Athletics’ baseball park to be constructed at the current site of the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal will generate so much car traffic that harbor trucking will be brought to a near standstill during baseball games and other events.

The result will be to place container terminal operations at risk.

In an interview with AJOT, Moro, who is also director of Northern California Operations for Quik Pick Express, said the Oakland A’s have not fully analyzed the traffic congestion impact generated by their proposed ballpark plan. He says the team does not understand harbor trucking and the logistics demands placed on modern containerized port operations.

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Oakland port commission to take up ballpark Monday as opposition persists

Both sides in the fight over the Oakland A’s waterfront ballpark are expected to turn out in force Monday for the first round in the approval process for the team’s planned 35,000-seat stadium, housing, retail and entertainment development at the Port of Oakland.

“We’re not just going to a meeting, you are going to see a full-blown rally, Oakland A’s President Dave Kaval said of the port’s Board of Commissioners meeting.

“It’s important to show that the public and the A’s and the port commission are all on the same page and ready to go forward,” Kaval said.

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Reckless to entertain

Regarding “A’s make room for ships in estuary ballpark plan” (May 5): The ultimate threat to commercial maritime activities at the Port of Oakland may not be related to the size of the turning basin in the estuary, but the proximity of people to the industrial operations in place.

New condo owners would eventually tire of the clank, clatter and fumes associated with the sizable metal recycling concern upwind from the proposed project, the ship berths adjacent to that, and the hundreds of diesel trucks that rumble through the area daily.

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Phil Matier: Oakland A's New Ballpark Still Facing Some Rough Waters

The Oakland A's and the Port of Oakland are moving closer and closer to a preliminary agreement on building a new ballpark at Howard Terminal. However, concerns about this project continue to crop up.

Whether worries from the shipping community or wondering how to handle an influx of people, KCBS Radio, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier speaks on the issues that a new ballpark could create.

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Borenstein: Oakland A’s private ballpark will be taxpayer-subsidized

The Oakland A’s, after claiming the team would privately finance its new ballpark, could receive a taxpayer subsidy worth tens of millions of dollars.

Once again, government officials are preparing to spend public money to try to keep a professional sports team under the false rationale that it would boost the local economy. We’ve seen this play before: Taxpayers are still paying off debt for stadium improvements that brought the Raiders back to Oakland in 1995.

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Open Forum: Oakland needs port jobs, funding for schools and housing, not a new ballpark

Perhaps the hottest clash in the Bay Area baseball world since the 1989 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s was interrupted by an earthquake is peaking now — the $600 million-and-counting, privately financed proposal by Oakland A’s owner John Fisher to build a stadium at Howard Terminal in Jack London Square.

This proposal is backed by politicians and real estate developers. It is opposed by environmental groups and many trade unions led by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which represents dockworkers and boatmen. Ostensibly, maritime and railroad companies also oppose building an A’s stadium in the port.

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