Schaaf rebuts report she supports public funding Raiders stadium; A’s eye other sites in Oakland

Report says A's owners are looking at other sitesin Oakland. Could Howard Terminal be on the list?OAKLAND | STADIUMS | In a lengthy statement released Friday afternoon, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf pushed back against a news report suggesting that she is reversing a long-standing position against using taxpayer money to build a new stadium for … Continue reading Schaaf rebuts report she supports public funding Raiders stadium; A’s eye other sites in Oakland

UPDATE: A’s strike out again at fan displaying an anti-ownership banner

A visual display in 2010 of disenchantment toward Oakland A's ownership. PHOTO/CSNBayAreaOAKLAND | An A's fan was escorted out of the Oakland Coliseum during Monday's night's game for displaying a sign the team's management may have found offensive. And it's not the first time the team has reacted in this manner when facing some of its fans … Continue reading UPDATE: A’s strike out again at fan displaying an anti-ownership banner

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

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

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

Coliseum Authority Does Not Vote on A’s Lease Extension After Surprising Oakland City Council Power Play

COLISEUM AUTHORITY | The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority did not vote on a proposed 10-year lease scheduled for early Friday morning to keep the Athletics at their current location a following a move by Oakland City Council to bar its two members from participating. The absence of Councilmembers Larry Reid and Rebecca Kaplan, … Continue reading Coliseum Authority Does Not Vote on A’s Lease Extension After Surprising Oakland City Council Power Play

Coliseum Authority Offers A’s a 10-Year Lease to Stay in Oakland

COLISEUM AUTHORITY | The A’s may be in Oakland through 2024 after the Coliseum Authority offered the team a 10-year lease Tuesday to remain at the O.co Coliseum. A press release only noted the length of the proposed deal, but no terms.“We wanted to send a clear statement to the A’s, the fans, Lew Wolff, … Continue reading Coliseum Authority Offers A’s a 10-Year Lease to Stay in Oakland

Quan’s State of the City Highlights Improving Economy; Skewers Critics

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan delivered her lastState of the City Thursday night beforefacing re-election later this year.OAKLAND | STATE OF THE CITY | Oakland Mayor Jean Quan state of the city highlighted a city hoping to parlay a new sense of economic vitality into alleviating chronic crime, unemployment, academic deficiencies and gentrification. Thursday night’s annual address … Continue reading Quan’s State of the City Highlights Improving Economy; Skewers Critics

Crystal Ball: East Bay’s Top Political Headlines For 2014

2014 YEAR-IN-PREVIEW | The East Bay Citizen's crystal ball found many odd, yet plausible headlines awaiting us in 2014. Here are a few gleaned from the near future:Rep. Eric Swalwell, touting new technologies, uses his World of Warcraft avatar to address the Hayward City Council.Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley Appoints Chris Miley To Be His … Continue reading Crystal Ball: East Bay’s Top Political Headlines For 2014

Warriors Owners Interested In Buying The A’s; Building Downtown Ballpark

Warriors owner Joe LacobOAKLAND | BALLPARK | The Oakland business leaders who are pushing the effort to build a new home for the A’s on the city’s waterfront apparently are not the deep-pocketed investors behind the plan to build a $500 million facility at Howard Terminal. It’s also clear that the cash-strapped city has no … Continue reading Warriors Owners Interested In Buying The A’s; Building Downtown Ballpark

Quan Says Oakland Has Ballpark Design That Sidesteps Regulatory Issues At Howard Terminal

OAKLAND | BALLPARK | Oakland Mayor Jean Quan says the city will soon reveal a site design for a ballpark at Howard Terminal that will allow it to skip some regulatory hurdles. While addressing the Save Oakland Sports group at Ricky's Sports Theatre in San Leandro, Quan says a forthcoming plan that includes a waterfront ballpark just 100 feet from … Continue reading Quan Says Oakland Has Ballpark Design That Sidesteps Regulatory Issues At Howard Terminal

Reid Hints A’s Ownership Is Showing Renewed Interest In Oakland

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | To quote a famous line from the movie Moneyball, “What is happening in Oakland?”Three weeks ago, Oakland Councilmember Larry Reid voiced reservations over the state of sports in his city. At a Coliseum Joint Powers Authority meeting in late November, his mood was dour. However, sometime between Thanksgiving and the onset … Continue reading Reid Hints A’s Ownership Is Showing Renewed Interest In Oakland

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