Ignacio De La Fuente PHOTO/Shane Bond
COLISEUM JPA | In football terms, it’s kind of like re-signing a former star quarterback, albeit, a bit past his prime, but the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority is about to add former Oakland Councilmember Ignacio De La Fuente to its ranks.
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors is set to approve De La Fuente’s appointment to the eight-person board, which oversees the publicly-owned Oakland Coliseum and Oracle Arena.
De La Fuente replaces Mary Warren, who passed away last October at age 94. De La Fuente was nominated by Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, himself, a member of the Coliseum JPA. However, De La Fuente will be serving a new term that ends in January 2019.
One of Oakland’s most savvy movers and shakers, De La Fuente’s resume is unquestioned in East Bay politics. He served 20 years on the Oakland City Council and ran unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 2006 and most recently in 2012 for the at-large council seat held by Rebecca Kaplan.
In the years since, rumors of De La Fuente’s return to politics have be raised without panning out. De La Fuente also previously served on the Coliseum JPA.
With the issue of the Raiders staying in Oakland a high priority, De La Fuente’s appointment to the JPA would make it two JPA commissioners, along with Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, who were involved in the now universally-reviled 1995 deal that brought the Raiders to Oakland from Los Angeles.
More than $100 million in stadium reconstruction debt still remains on the books at the city and county level. How the debt is remedied in conjunction with funding a new stadium for the Raiders in Oakland is viewed as a major stumbling block.