It is no secret that the Oakland A’s want a new ballpark. The Colesium is antiquated, falling apart, and has a myriad of other issues. A new ballpark, meanwhile, would theoretically provide a revenue boost, and potentially allow the A’s to begin to lock in some of their younger cornerstone players.Read More
The Sierra Club’s San Francisco Bay Chapter is recommending the Oakland Athletics build a new ballpark at the current Coliseum site, arguing that there are too many environmental issues associated with a Howard Terminal waterfront location.
With the Oakland Coliseum clearly not the long-term home of the Athletics, the team had been promoting a plan for a privately financed ballpark a the downtown waterfront Howard Terminal site, and a key economic component of that plan was generating future revenue from a redeveloped Coliseum site. But last month the Athletics said the Howard Terminal plan may end up being delayed or even scrapped, which could launch a new plan to build a new ballpark next to the Coliseum, tear down the Coliseum and then redevelop the area with mixed-use amenities.Read More
For the moment, the Oakland A’s are holding to the timetable for their plan to be in a new stadium at Howard Terminal north of Oakland’s Jack London Square for the start of the 2023 season.
As time goes by, however, that date seems more mirage than reality. Privately, the A’s acknowledge the difficulty of meeting that timeline.
Henry Gardner, the interim executive director of the Coliseum Authority, which is the overlord of the A’s current home, the Coliseum, isn’t directly involved in the Howard Terminal project. But indirectly, it’s in his realm of operation, and he isn’t shying away from the realities.Read More
More evidence that West Coast ports are investing in infrastructure surfaced with the announcement that three cranes able to load the world’s largest container ships will soon be headed to the Port of Oakland.
Shanghai-based manufacturer ZPMC said this week that construction of the ship-to-shore behemoths is nearing completion in China.
This news comes in the wake of a report that West Coast ports’ market share has declined 19.4 percent since 2006.Read More
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.Read More
'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.”Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More