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Oakland A’s may not need to move for a new stadium | Fansided

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has reared its head in every conceivable way. The Oakland A’s, and the rest of Major League Baseball, have seen the game placed in an indefinite hiatus. While the league and the Player’s Union are trying to get some semblance of a season together, the pandemic is refusing to go away.

The pandemic is also interfering with the A’s plans in other ways. They had hoped to build a new stadium at Howard Terminal, beginning play in 2023. However, legal setbacks, as well as traffic, legal, and political hurdles, remain in place. The A’s still say they are optimistic, but optimism can only go so far.

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'The whole world is watching Oakland': Thousands gather for Juneteenth protest and port shutdown | SF Gate

Standing before a crowd of thousands on the makeshift stage of a red truck, William Adams thought of the song that gave him inspiration as he prepared for the Port of Oakland's monumental shutdown on Friday morning.

It was Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up," and the president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union told the crowd that was what they needed to do - to take action with no apologies.

“When we march, let’s remember George Floyd,” said Adams. “He paid the ultimate price with his life. So we must continue this movement. Because the eyes of the world are on you today here in Oakland. The whole world is watching. It’s not what we say, it’s what we do.”

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Port of Oakland shut down by dockworkers in observation of Juneteenth | San Francisco Chronicle

Economic activity at the Port of Oakland came to a halt on Friday as thousands of workers and supporters gathered on Middle Harbor Road to protest police brutality and racism in the United States.

The demonstration, organized by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, coincided with demonstrations planned today at 28 other seaports in California, Oregon and Washington.

The day of action — expected to shut down the port for all of Friday — was held on Juneteenth (June 19), a day that commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. With support of the ports, workers stopped processing cargo and rallied to mark the anniversary and call for police reform.

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Bay Area Dockworkers Continue Decades of Fighting Oppression on Juneteenth | KQED

As protests around the country continue to call attention to systemic racism and police violence, this year’s Juneteenth is a reminder that the United States has a long way to go in truly reckoning with its history of white supremacy.

Longshore workers up and down the west coast are commemorating Juneteenth — a day honoring when a group of enslaved people in Texas learned they were finally freed from slavery two years after the Emancipation Proclamation — by shutting down a key part of the region's economy.

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Don't let A's stadium plan hurt Port of Oakland | San Francisco Business Times

The Bay Conservation and Development Commission, which oversees development on the San Francisco Bay, recently heard testimony about how land at the Port of Oakland should be used through 2025.

I applaud the commission for soundly rejecting a study presented by the Oakland A’s to strip Howard Terminal of its current maritime designation in order to free land for a stadium and real estate development. This is not the time to consider dismantling the Port of Oakland by making long-range, irreversible changes that would eliminate the port’s flexibility to address future economic and supply-chain needs.

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As Covid-19 Closes Stadiums, Municipalities Struggle With Billions in Debt | Wall Street Journal

Two decades of using borrowed money to pay for new stadiums is coming back to haunt many cities across the country.

At Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., home of hockey’s Arizona Coyotes, the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of eight NHL games, a Celine Dion concert and a professional bull-riding tour, but it didn’t change the schedule for the city’s $10.7 million 2020 debt payment for the venue.

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Oakland A’s stadium timeline about to be pushed back | Fansided

The Oakland A’s had hoped to open their new stadium for the 2023 season. That timeline will likely need to be pushed back.

Not much has gone right for the Oakland A’s over the past few days. The organization has come under fire for their refusal to pay their minor leagues beginning on June 1, despite the wealth of owner John Fisher. His letter of explanation may have only made the situation worse, as the words rang hollow, particularly in light of last year’s Rooted In Oakland motto.

The latest bad news involves the A’s quest for a new ballpark. They had been making progress towards constructing that new home at Howard Terminal prior to the pandemic, but that progress has since been halted. New hurdles, and a court ruling, could push that date further out into the future.

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A bad week for Oakland A’s baseball: What sweeping cost cuts will mean for team | Mercury News

Minor league baseball has taken a few hits recently. Perhaps the biggest blow came with news that teams would cut hundreds of players.

But, earlier in the week, the spotlight shined on Oakland when the A’s announced half their workforce — from business to baseball operations — would be furloughed or receive pay cuts.

The baseball operations cuts seeped into the player ranks, with Oakland becoming the first, so far, to utilize the suspended minor league Uniform Player Contract by declining to pay minor-leaguers their $400 weekly stipend for the remainder of the suspension.

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For bad-news A’s, Howard Terminal ballpark timeline in danger | San Francisco Chronicle

Bad news is coming at — and from — the A’s by the trainload.

Many A’s fans dreamed that this season would be a tipping point for their beloved ballclub. With a dynamic young team, the A’s were penciled in as a contender. World Series? That might be a little stretch, but not unrealistic.

So far the season has been a tipping point, but the wrong way. The A’s hoped to sprinkle stardust, but they may wind up choking on coal dust.

First, some news. An A’s spokesperson said the team might have to push back their plans to open a new ballpark at Howard Terminal for the 2023 season.

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Port of Oakland looks to lead East Bay rebound from COVID-19 | American Journal of Transportation

This region’s economic rebound from coronavirus would most likely start at the Port of Oakland. That’s what the Port’s Executive Director told East Bay business and civic leaders this week while seeking their support.

Danny Wan assured the East Bay Economic Development Alliance that his Port would be “poised on the forefront of recovery.” During a Zoom conference, the Executive Director asked Alliance members to help promote the Port as Oakland’s economic engine.

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