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Oakland's efforts to keep the A's: you're doing it wrong

Dec 11, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

Last week, the City of Oakland proposed a handful of sites for a potential stadium that would keep the Athletics from moving down to San Jose.  Only one slight problem — not all of those sites are what you’d call “available”:

The Jefferson Street site is composed of about 30 private
properties. The infield would be where Markus Supply Hardware has been
located since the 1950s.

“They want to put a stadium right here? We wouldn’t like that,” said
owner Dan Altwarg. “We would fight that, and most property owners
around here would, too.”

The city has not begun negotiations on any of the sites.

Something tells me that the little panel designed to stack the deck in favor of a move to San Jose — er, I mean designed to determine the most viable location for the storied Athletics franchise — will notice that quote as they compile their report.

(link via Pinto)

  1. Grant - Dec 11, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Well, Kelo v. New London pretty clearly sets a precedent for Oakland being able to seize all that property, right? As to whether it’s a good idea for the various elected officials involved, well, that’s another thing entirely.

  2. Craig Calcaterra - Dec 11, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Most states have passed laws which prevent a Kelo-style development condemnation. Not sure if CA has. In many ways, Kelo has done more to make condemnation and development more difficult than it was before.

  3. Ken Arneson - Dec 11, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Proposition 99, which California voters passed in June 2008, makes it more difficult:
    I don’t think the Marcus Supply Hardware site will fly. Too many owners, for one, but also it’s not all that close to BART. It’s not an unwalkable distance, but you do have to walk past the main police station with all its nearby bail bond and check cashing shops, which isn’t so pleasant.
    The only one I think might have a chance is the 3rd and Oak site, which has fewer owners and more open spaces. It’s also much closer to a BART station, in a much more quiet neighborhood.

  4. Old Gator - Dec 11, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    I hope the A’s do move to San Jose. It’ll cut down on that big surge of post-game revelers crowding into Yoshi’s. I mean, you’re sitting there trying to listen to Branford Marsalis or Cyrus Chestnut, and suddenly this pair of drunks stumbles in….

  5. Word - Dec 11, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    I agree with Old Gator, but for different reasons. For one, San Jose is, well, a lot bigger than Oakland. I think it’d attract more fans and increase revenues, so the A’s wouldn’t have to get rid of every talented guy after a year or two….

  6. B-RI - Dec 11, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    I am a huge A’s fan, but I think its time for them to move. Let the Raiders keep the old stadium and move the A’s to San Jose.

  7. APBA Guy - Dec 11, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Great to see the surge of endorsement for San Jose by fellow fans of the Beloved A’s.
    It’s also worth noting that a lot of Bay Area development, when the area isn’t in recession, is South of San Jose. And while East Bay has significant development during those times as well, the area towards Morgan Hill and Gilroy is flat and clear, easier to build on, so the A’s future might be brighter in San Jose for those reasons as well.
    Oakland still could be a player in all this, but they continue to regard the Raiders as the treasure, and the A’s as just a bauble. The Raiders have first claim on a new stadium at the existing site, and of course it is the Raiders current preferential deal at the Mausoleum that negatively impacts A’s revenues. I can’t blame Wolfe/Fisher at all for wanting to get away from the Raiders and their enablers in the Oakland city government.

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