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. 

Meanwhile, City Council President Rebecca Kaplan said that some of the A's marketing material made her feel that she was being pressured to support the ballpark, including a flyer that described it as "to be built." 

"Nothing should be being put out that in any way suggests that a decision has been made," Kaplan said. "I'm starting to feel like it's an attempt to jam us into a decision that we haven't made." 

Oakland A's Vice President of Government Affairs Taj Tashombe apologized on behalf of the A's if the council felt their marketing material presented the project approval as complete. 

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