Clock ticking on A's Howard Terminal ballpark dream, and stakes couldn't be bigger | San Francisco Chronicle

A Bay Area swim coach used to explain to her swimmers the most important principle of their sport by using this timely reminder:

“Ticky-tocky goes the clocky.”

That should be the A’s mantra for their efforts to build a new ballpark.

Last week the A’s appeared to clear a big hurdle in their quest to build a future home at Howard Terminal. A judge dismissed a lawsuit that would have bogged down their stadium timeline.

Hurdle skimmed? Sort of. Except that the group of entities filing the suit, which includes Schnitzer Steel, immediately appealed the ruling. Even if the A’s eventually prevail, the appeal could be another setback to their construction schedule.

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SSA Marine Brings in the West Coast’s Largest Cranes to its OICT Terminal in the Port of Oakland | Hellenic Shipping News

The three largest ship-to-shore container cranes on the U.S. West Coast now reside at the Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT).

SSA Marine, the operator of OICT, purchased these cranes from the world’s leading crane manufacturer, ZPMC. The cranes can work containers 24 wide while accommodating up to 14 high on deck. The new cranes will compliment four existing cranes which were recently raised, providing OICT a full arsenal of cranes capable of serving the largest container ships transiting the Pacific Ocean. These three new cranes will replace three older generation cranes as OICT will have ten cranes servicing its five-berth facility.

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Oakland should learn its lesson: No sweetheart land deals for the A’s | San Francisco Chronicle

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

When the Warriors lost an appeal last week that would have allowed them to skirt repayment of their $45 million debt to the Oakland Coliseum Authority, Alameda County and Oakland taxpayers breathed a sigh of relief. But little did they know just this past October Alameda County set itself up for the same risk when it sold its half of the Oakland Coliseum property to the A’s for $85 million without any condition that the team stay in Oakland or provide any community benefit to the East Oakland community.

Now, the city of Oakland is also contemplating the sale of its half of the Coliseum property to the A’s, without applying conditions to protect taxpayers and demanding the A’s stay in East Oakland.

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East or West?: How the community is responding to the Oakland A’s plan for a new stadium | Oakland North

The Athletics, the last professional sports team in Oakland, has found itself playing more defense—and little to no offense—in its grand plan to build a new stadium.

When the team first announced plans to build a new baseball park and relocate from the Oakland Coliseum—the stadium it has called home since it moved to California in 1968—in the mid-2000s, the A’s owners have been on a whirlwind run around California, looking for the perfect spot for their grandest project yet.

The team finally settled on the Howard Terminal in Jack London Square, some 5.5 miles northwest of their current home, where they are planning to put up a ballpark at an estimated cost of between $600 and $700 million. 

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Across the World, Sports Stadiums and Arenas Are a Gigantic Swindle | Jacobin

From Calgary to Los Angeles, everyone knows that sports arenas are a bad deal for cities. But the problem isn’t just the use of public subsidies for private profit: the whole multibillion-dollar sports venue industry is built on the backs of poorly treated, underpaid workers.

The North American sports market, worth $71 billion, is limping forward in spite of COVID-19 being transmitted among rosters and fans. Teams and leagues have made token gestures to assuage fears, from keeping players in isolated, lonely bubbles, to high-tech, low-impact, and extremely invasive forms of hygiene theater. However, there’s one spectator sports mainstay that can’t return to normal: the idea of fans enjoying games in stadiums and arenas.

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East Bay EDA Legacy Award 2020 goes to the Port of Oakland | American Journal of Transportation

The East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA) plans to honor the Port of Oakland at its 2020 Innovation Awards event tomorrow, Oct. 15, for its significant contributions as a long-standing generator of jobs and economic vitality in the region.

The Legacy Award will be presented at the 8th annual East Bay Innovation Awards from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. during a virtual celebration.

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To Support Economic Recovery, Lawmakers Must Support California’s Ports | Fox&Hounds

California is fortunate to be the home to the most productive regions in the world for manufacturing and goods movement.

According to 2018 statistics, California manufacturers lead the nation in manufacturing with more than 1.3 million workers, over 30,000 companies and exports totaling more than $154.44 billion traveling through our ports.


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State attorney general wants A’s lawsuit against steel company dismissed | East Bay Times

The state attorney general has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit by the Oakland A’s against the state agency overseeing Schnitzer Steel, a company that opposes the team’s plan for a new ballpark at the Howard Terminal.

The A’s filed the suit in August against the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) for an alleged “failure to impose and enforce environmental law” against Schnitzer in West Oakland. The A’s lawsuit argues the state agency was negligent in overseeing Schnitzer.


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Port Of Oakland Eyes Industrial Sector After Upgrades | BisNow

The Port of Oakland's new maritime director is overseeing a lineup of projects that stand to give industrial owners and developers in the East Bay a boost when the coronavirus pandemic is over.

Port of Oakland Maritime Director Bryan Brandes said there are currently several port initiatives, including a new seaport logistics center, expanded cold storage capacity and the addition of large cranes, each of which is slated to finish by year's end.


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California Must Address Its Dwindling Recycling Capacity | Fox&Hounds

California has for decades led the world in recycling and in making the connection between recycling and environmental and economic sustainability.

State laws and policies promulgated in Sacramento have promoted this leadership. Individual Californians have also enthusiastically embraced recycling because they know that it helps reduce pollution, fights climate-change, reduces the need for raw materials, preserves natural resources and reduces the energy used to mine and process native ores.

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