Opinion: To keep A’s, Oakland, county need Coliseum resolution

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors congratulates the Oakland A’s on a great season that showcased exciting new talent. The winning spirit the A’s displayed on the field must now be matched by local leaders in working with the team to find a way to keep the A’s in Oakland for the long haul.

Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

As joint owner with the city of Oakland of the Coliseum properties where the A’s have played since 1968, Alameda County is unwavering in its strong support for keeping our team in Oakland — in a new stadium at the Coliseum site, Howard Terminal or any other workable location.

We remain convinced, however, that joint ownership of the Coliseum properties is hindering efforts to reach a deal that keeps the A’s in Oakland. We think time is of the essence for all parties — the city, the county and the A’s — to come together to maximize our chances of keeping the team.

At this critical stage, we see two paths forward: a deal in which the city buys out Alameda County’s stake in the Coliseum properties and consolidates its control of future development options for the site, or a good faith effort in which the city joins us in considering a sale of the properties directly to the A’s.

Many months ago, the county proposed selling its Coliseum share to the city as the best way to move forward — through a transaction rooted in fiscal responsibility and a development vision that benefits local taxpayers and the team.

Progress on our proposal has been slow, but Alameda County remains flexible in working toward a fair deal that accounts for the city’s financial constraints. Because Oakland ultimately controls land use decisions affecting the Coliseum site, a deal that provides sole ownership …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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