Taxpayers win, Warriors lose; arbitrator rules team is on the hook for $40m arena debt

The Golden State Warriors rarely throw up an air ball, but they did Monday after an arbitrator ruled the team must continue paying its $40 million share of the Oracle Arena bond debt. Warriors owners had argued they were no longer on the hook for annual payments on the 30-year bond, issued in 1996 for … Continue reading Taxpayers win, Warriors lose; arbitrator rules team is on the hook for $40m arena debt

Kaplan to Warriors: Don’t hang a loss on county taxpayers

Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplanis a former Coliseum JPA member.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan is attempting a full-court press against the Golden State Warriors and the team's resistance toward repaying their $40 million share of existing Oracle Arena bond debt.Earlier this month, the reigning NBA champions moved to settle the dispute over the arena debt … Continue reading Kaplan to Warriors: Don’t hang a loss on county taxpayers

2017 Year in East Bay Politics: Sports franchises and elected officials strike out

2017 YEAR IN EAST BAY POLITICSThe Oakland Raiders are gone for Las Vegas. But, wait, they're still in town for another 2-3 years? So you're saying there's a chance? Probably not, but with the Warriors' new arena in San Francisco beginning to rise, the focus toward the last half of 2017 was on the Athletics, … Continue reading 2017 Year in East Bay Politics: Sports franchises and elected officials strike out

Alameda County supervisors begin talks Tuesday to sell its half of Coliseum to Oakland

ALAMEDA COUNTYAlameda County officials are moving quickly toward a potential sale of its portion of the Coliseum complex to the City of Oakland.Alameda County Administrator Susan Muranishi will recommend at next Tuesday morning's Board of Supervisors meeting that the county move to "expand discussions and negotiations" with Oakland city officials over not just the Coliseum … Continue reading Alameda County supervisors begin talks Tuesday to sell its half of Coliseum to Oakland

Alameda County rekindles idea of selling its share of Coliseum property to Oakland

Oakland Councilmember Lynette GibsonMcElhaney, center, speaking at Thursday'sColiseum JPA meeting at Oracle Arena.COLISEUM JPAOakland and Alameda County representatives on the Oakland Coliseum Joint Powers Authority showed keen interest Thursday for revisiting the idea of the county selling its interests in the stadium complex to the city.In the midst of running negotiations in recent years with … Continue reading Alameda County rekindles idea of selling its share of Coliseum property to Oakland

NBA champs or chumps? Warriors want to leave their portion of $40 million arena debt on the court

COLISEUM JPAA disagreement over the Golden State Warriors' obligation to pay a previously agreed portion of Oracle Arena's reconstruction debt has simmered in public for three years, or since the team expressed interest in moving to San Francisco. Now, the matter appears to be heading toward arbitration with the reigning NBA champs arguing they owe … Continue reading NBA champs or chumps? Warriors want to leave their portion of $40 million arena debt on the court

After colleague’s long-winded Warriors speech two years ago, Wilma Chan keeps it short

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and MC Hammerat the Warriors victory parade Thursday.ALAMEDA COUNTYOn a similar sun-swept afternoon in Oakland two years ago, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty stepped to the lectern and addressed an estimated 1 million Warriors fans at Lake Merritt following the Warriors' first NBA championship in 40 years.Haggerty's speech, though, became infamous … Continue reading After colleague’s long-winded Warriors speech two years ago, Wilma Chan keeps it short

East Bay pols celebrate the Warriors NBA Finals victory

WARRIORSThe Golden State Warriors' second NBA title in three years means the Larry O'Brien Trophy is coming back to Oakland. The city's victory parade is scheduled for Thursday, 10 a..m. In the meantime, with the Warriors being the only professional basketball franchise in the Bay Area, East Bay politicians can be rest assured their social … Continue reading East Bay pols celebrate the Warriors NBA Finals victory

EBC AGENDA — April 28-May 4 — OAKLAND budget talks – Election Day in HAYWARD – FREMONT pores over district maps – RIP Daylight Savings?

THE WEEK OF APRIL 28-MAY 4Quite overlooked, but nonetheless breathtaking, is the Fremont City Council's move toward district-based elections and its expansion from five to seven members. Of course, the City Council isn't making wholesale changes on their own volition.Like many things in life, a lawsuit is the sole impetus of the massive remodeling going … Continue reading EBC AGENDA — April 28-May 4 — OAKLAND budget talks – Election Day in HAYWARD – FREMONT pores over district maps – RIP Daylight Savings?

Warriors agree to 2-year lease extension, with options, to play at Oracle Arena

The Warriors will continue paying $7.5 milliona year in debt service on Oracle Arena.OAKLAND COLISEUMThe Golden State Warriors are set to sign a two-year lease extension to play in Oracle Arena that will ease the transition to the new Chase Center in San Francisco set to open in late 2019.The lease deal, scheduled for discussion … Continue reading Warriors agree to 2-year lease extension, with options, to play at Oracle Arena

With Raiders departure, Oakland once again sticks it to ‘The Man’

The NFL announced approval Monday for theRaiders relocation to Las Vegas. The team isscheduled to play in Oakland through 2018.OAKLANDRaise a banner from the rafters at Oakland City Hall! By refusing to acquiesce to the threats of the Raiders and the National Football League, the city proved once again that the East Bay rests in … Continue reading With Raiders departure, Oakland once again sticks it to ‘The Man’

Warriors aversion to paying Oracle Arena debt is unchanged

Alameda County supervisors posing with theWarriors NBA championship trophy in 2015.ALAMEDA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORSLast month, the Golden State Warriors broke ground on a new waterfront arena in San Francisco. But before they make the move across the bay, Alameda County officials expect the Warriors to remedy roughly $50 million in debt owed on Oracle … Continue reading Warriors aversion to paying Oracle Arena debt is unchanged

San Leandro offers moral support for keeping East Bay teams in Oakland

A large number of Coliseum workers reside inSan Leandro and Hayward.Resolution says city has economic interests for keeping teamsSAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | City Manager Chris Zapata has experience with the type of ongoing turmoil Oakland and Alameda County are facing with its sports franchises over funding new and increasingly costly stadiums.As a member of … Continue reading San Leandro offers moral support for keeping East Bay teams in Oakland

City Hall Insider: council agenda notes from around the East Bay, June 22-24

OAKLAND/June 22, 5 p.m.City Council presents its own budget; housing reportMCELHNAEY BUDGET PROPOSAL Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney’s budget proposal released June 19 adds to the mayor’s plan focusing on public safety, jobs and infrastructure. Within the council proposal is an additional focus on the youth and seniors, along with equity and diversity. “The amendments … Continue reading City Hall Insider: council agenda notes from around the East Bay, June 22-24

Alameda County supervisor attended NBA Finals game; read his mail, instead

Not a big fan of basketball: Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson used the county's box at Oracle Sunday to read his mail during the NBA Finals.THE WORDAt what would be the Golden State Warriors' penultimate victory before Tuesday night's NBA championship clincher, one Alameda County supervisor in attendance at Sunday's Game 5 at Oracle Arena may have bolstered the … Continue reading Alameda County supervisor attended NBA Finals game; read his mail, instead