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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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Demand Heats Up for East Bay Industrial Space | San Francisco Business Times

While the Covid-19 pandemic has had a chilling effect on the revenues of several local industries, leasing for industrial developments in the East Bay has heated up.

Along with other port locations like Seattle, New Jersey, Long Beach, Miami and Chicago, the market for industrial space along the I-880 corridor around Oakland is one of the hottest in the country right now, according to Bob Ferraro, senior vice president with commercial real estate brokerage CBRE.

Ferraro told me the biggest industry demand for these spaces comes from e-commerce — namely Amazon — but also retailers, the home improvement world and big grocery players, though he declined to spell out the exact companies in the market jockeying for the space.

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Coliseum Pushback | East Bay Express

A‌ group of Oakland progressives led by former Oakland mayoral candidate Pamela Price wants the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee to oppose the city's proposed sale of its half of the Coliseum complex to the Oakland Athletics.

Pushback by the Alameda County Democratic Party toward the proposed deal would be a significant development in the quest to build a new ballpark at Howard Terminal. The A's intend to develop the existing 120-acre Coliseum complex for housing, offices and open space.

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Some California cities think they’re safe from sea level rise. They’re not, new data show | Los Angeles Times

Just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, yet a world away from San Francisco, in an unincorporated and oft-overlooked area known as Marin City, sea level rise is rarely the first worry that comes to mind.

Traditional flood maps for this predominantly Black and working-class community suggest that the area is safe until sea level rise reaches 3 feet or more.

But sea level rise is a lot more complicated than just waves breaking over seawalls and beaches disappearing.

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