On the final day of a surprisingly successful baseball season for the Oakland Athletics, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that will streamline the process for a proposed privately-financed ballpark in Oakland.
“This is an important victory for Oakland and the entire East Bay since this privately-financed project will bring jobs, affordable housing, retail development, and a state of the art ballpark to our region,” said East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta, who authored the legislation.
“The A’s have been rooted in Oakland for the last fifty years and I want them rooted here for at least fifty more. I applaud the A’s for their commitment to our city and look forward to a final site selection in the near future.”
Initially the bill never aimed to emphasize a location for the proposed A’s ballpark. The team is eyeing either the Howard Terminal site north of Jack London Square over a rebuild at the current Coliseum complex.
As Bonta’s legislation traveled through the legislative process, the bill was amended to focus solely on Howard Terminal.
Specifically, AB 734 streamlines the judicial review process to 270 days for any litigation that may arise following a environmental review of the ballpark site, which if Howard Terminal is chosen by the team, would be further complicated by the fact it will be located near bay waters.
Amendments to the bill at the committee stage also bolstered the proposed project’s environmental impact. According to Bonta’s office, the project is required to include net-zero greenhouse gas emissions with a requirement that 50 percent of the mitigation measures are done locally. In addition, LEED Gold certification for the entire project.