Coliseum Authority to offer next executive director 3-year, $250,000 contract

Scott McKibbenCOLISEUM AUTHORITY | Former newspaper publisher Scott McKibben wanted a bit more to fill the long-vacant executive director position at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority, but he’ll settle for an annual salary of $250,000.McKibben, who led the Oakland Tribune in the early 2000s and was CEO of the Rose Bowl from 2009-2011, will be … Continue reading Coliseum Authority to offer next executive director 3-year, $250,000 contract

County Supervisor Says Raiders May Seek Coliseum Lease Extension in the Fall

O.co Coliseum when the football and baseball seasons overlap.COLISEUM AUTHORITY | In February, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis said he had no desire to sign another one-year lease extension to play at the aging O.co Coliseum. The inference was this was Alameda County and Oakland’s last chance to find a suitable new home for the team. … Continue reading County Supervisor Says Raiders May Seek Coliseum Lease Extension in the Fall

A’s Moving Forward with Designs for Potential Oakland Ballpark

Team photo: Alameda County and Oaklandofficial at a press conferences alongwith Athletics co-owner Lew Wolff.COLISEUM AUTHORITY | Oakland A’s co-owner Lew Wolff said team officials met last Monday with an architect regarding a potential ballpark at the current Coliseum site.His comments came following a vote Wednesday morning by the Coliseum Joint Powers Authority (JPA) to … Continue reading A’s Moving Forward with Designs for Potential Oakland Ballpark

Alameda County Supervisors Register Last Approval for A’s Lease Deal

ALAMEDA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPES | The only thing that now stands in the way of the Oakland Athletics playing the next three seasons at O.co Coliseum is baseball Commissioner Bud Selig’s signature. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a ten-year lease agreement previously approved by the Oakland City Council and … Continue reading Alameda County Supervisors Register Last Approval for A’s Lease Deal

A’s Lease Deal Approved by Oakland City Council with Minor Changes

Following approval by the Coliseum JPA,Oakland City Council, the Alameda CountyBoard of Supervisors meet July 29 for a vote.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | COLISEUM | The A’s Coliseum lease extension is rounding third and heading for home Wednesday after the Oakland City Council voted to approve the 10-year deal, but there may still be some obstacles … Continue reading A’s Lease Deal Approved by Oakland City Council with Minor Changes

Bryan Parker Says City Needs A Greater Sense of Urgency Over A’s Deal

Bryan Parker says he still prefers a waterfront ballpark for the A'sOAKLAND | MAYOR | Oakland mayoral candidate Bryan Parker is urging the City Council to approve the contentious 10-year A’s lease deal and not play a “high-stakes game of chicken with an owner who has already suggested he does not want to be in Oakland.”Parker … Continue reading Bryan Parker Says City Needs A Greater Sense of Urgency Over A’s Deal

Taking the Oakland City Council’s Temperature on the A’s Lease Deal

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | There remains no clear gauge for how the Oakland City Council may react to the proposed 10-year lease approved last week by the Coliseum Joint Powers Authority allowing the A's to continue playing at O.co Coliseum.The San Francisco Chronicle offered a potential preview Monday of the vote to come before the … Continue reading Taking the Oakland City Council’s Temperature on the A’s Lease Deal

Quan Says MLB Bullied Oakland With Threat to Relocate

Oakland Councilmember Noel Gallo listens to a public speaker at Friday's Coliseum Joint Powers Authority meeting to approve a 10-year lease for the A's. PHOTO/Steven TavaresCOLISEUM AUTHORITY | Following a strongly-worded letter sent late Wednesday from Oakland Athletics co-owner Lew Wolff in which he threatened to move the team and said that he had the … Continue reading Quan Says MLB Bullied Oakland With Threat to Relocate

Why Eric Swalwell Voted with the Tea Party on a House Budget Amendment

CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | On May 1, Rep. Eric Swalwell made a strategic vote in Congress. That day he and South Bay Rep. Zoe Lofgren, were the only members of the Bay Area Democratic caucus to vote for a Republican-led amendment to a budget bill that would have forbidden members from using their congressional … Continue reading Why Eric Swalwell Voted with the Tea Party on a House Budget Amendment

Rep. Barbara Lee Charges $500 Monthly Car Lease to Her Congressional Budget

CONGRESS | 13TH DISTRICT | Sixty-three members of the U.S. House of Representatives use a portion of their congressional office budget to lease personal cars and Oakland Rep. Barbara Lee is one of them.The expenditure is not illegal, but at a time of financial belt-tightening led by Republicans in the House, the issue rose to … Continue reading Rep. Barbara Lee Charges $500 Monthly Car Lease to Her Congressional Budget

With No Way To San Jose, Oakland Awaits A Call From A’s Owner Lew Wolff

February 2013 EBC headline following MayorQuan's State of the City address. OAKLAND | ANALYSIS | Last February, Assistant City Administrator Fred Blackwell spoke to a group of rabid East Bay sports fans at a Mexican restaurant in Oakland. With a margarita in hand, Blackwell uncorked a familiar refrain when it comes to the perpetual question of where the … Continue reading With No Way To San Jose, Oakland Awaits A Call From A’s Owner Lew Wolff

Coliseum Approves Short-Term Leases With A’s, Raiders Through 2015 Seasons

COLISEUM AUTHORITY | The Athletics and Raiders have a home in Oakland, at least, for the next few years. The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority approved a two-year lease Monday for the Athletics, along with a one-year extension of its current deal with the Raiders. Both teams are seeking new stadiums, if not in Oakland, but … Continue reading Coliseum Approves Short-Term Leases With A’s, Raiders Through 2015 Seasons

Pivotal Raiders Corporate Event Last Month Seen As Unsuccessful

COLISEUM AUTHORITY//RAIDERS | The Raiders and the National Football League said lagging corporate support in the East Bay is hampering the team's bottom line. So, the Coliseum Joint Powers Authority (JPA) led by Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley moved to fill the deficiency with a corporate event at Raiders headquarters in Alameda featuring local politicians and … Continue reading Pivotal Raiders Corporate Event Last Month Seen As Unsuccessful

Oakland Officials: A’s Owner Won’t Talk To Us; Says He’s Playing Games

OAKLAND | Oakland city officials had tough talk for Oakland Athletics owner Lew Wolff Monday night accusing him of manipulating the media and virtually ignoring talks with the city over a new stadium. “Lew Wolff won’t talk to us,” said Oakland Assistant City Administrator Fred Blackwell at an event in Oakland for the grassroots group, … Continue reading Oakland Officials: A’s Owner Won’t Talk To Us; Says He’s Playing Games