Oakland City Council seeks to quell rapidly rising worries over A’s future

Oakland and Alameda County own shares of the Colisuem complex. Recently, county officials proposed selling their half to the Oakland Athletics, who want to develop the property and use the proceeds to help fund a new downtown ballpark.

The Oakland City Council is asking the city administration to iron out its differences with the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, who are proposing to sell their half of the  Coliseum complex to the Oakland Athletics.

“In the interest of reducing strife and litigation, the Oakland City Council has unanimously asked our Administration to meet directly with County leaders, on strategies to resolve issues regarding our shared public property,” Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan said, in a statement Monday afternoon.

“As we look toward the future and work on these concerns, we thought it would be valuable to talk about what would be good to see happen at this site,” she added.

The recommendation comes after Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred reacted negatively to the temporary restraining order filed by Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker last week to block negotiations between the county and team. A court date is set for next month.

If the lawsuit is not dropped, Manfred suggested, according to media reports, that the A’s could move to another city, perhaps, Las Vegas.

The Oakland City Council’s swift action Monday follows a drawn out exodus of the city’s two other professional sports franchises. The Oakland Raiders are moving to Las Vegas in 2020 and the Golden State Warriors opened the new Chase Center in San Francisco for a pre-season game last Saturday.

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