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Oakland wants to use federal funds to help the A's

Dec 16, 2009, 6:00 PM EDT

Missed this the other day, but the excellent Field of Schemes blog reports that Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums has suggested using federal stimulus funds to help build a ballpark for the A’s:

The City of Oakland would not spend any public money on constructing a
new ballpark in Jack London Square for the Oakland A’s, but would
assemble land and provide infrastructure and parking for the stadium,
Mayor Ron Dellums said at a City Hall press conference this afternoon.
Dellums and city staffers said the city would use redevelopment funds
to acquire property, and not the city’s debt-ridden general fund, and
hoped to obtain more federal stimulus money for infrastructure if the
project goes forward.

I agree with FoS’s view of this: great, in that putting people to work is what stimulus funds are designed to do, but man, you’d hope that such funds would be used for something a little more public, as opposed to building a playground for Lew Wolff and his real estate developer friends.

Probably no need to worry, though. I can’t see Oakland happening for the A’s. It’s going to be San Jose or bust.

  1. Dan Whitney - Dec 16, 2009 at 6:15 PM

    I agree, it looks like the city of Oakland is just playing out the string so that nobody can accuse them of not making every effort to keep the A’s in town.
    On an unrelated note, has anyone else been experiencing browser crashes when trying to access CTB from a windows7 phone? I was practically in hibernation throughout the whole Winter Meetings and just had a chance to catch up today when work was slow.

  2. Dan Whitney - Dec 16, 2009 at 6:21 PM

    *Windows Mobile phone, rather

  3. APBA Guy - Dec 16, 2009 at 8:20 PM

    I think Dellums is channeling his past, when he was an influential congressman. Aside from the real problems of eminent domain having to be invoked, there are also the issue of the Raider-centric city council that refused to budge on anything related to the A’s just a few years ago, leading to Lew Wolfe’s current “anywhere but Oakland” position.
    Besides, by the time anything would be agreed to as far as an Oakland stadium, stimulus money would be long gone.

  4. sirsean - Dec 17, 2009 at 7:10 PM

    I still say the best option is Havana.

  5. Matthew C. Kriner - Dec 18, 2009 at 1:15 AM

    This was a topic of conversation yesterday at lunch with my colleague. I have to agree with you that your point was right on the mark.

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