Ms Quan, Mayor of Oakland
Ms Swan, not Mayor of Oakland.
Perhaps it's Oakland's Swan Song; too legit to quit or too little too late? It is being reported just a bit ago here that our new Mayor of Oakland, Ms
Swan Quan is putting forth the effort to get the Victory Court land ready to present as a viable waterfront site for a new ballpark. Are you freakin' kidding me? This is now a two horse race again? And the funny thing is that the A's ownership shoveled money to the loser and he did not even support the A's staying, so Lew and Co. cannot be too happy with this development. But I know a lot of us Oaklandish people are! Just look at all the comments on the SFGate site!
Sorry, I know, the topic has been discussed ad nauseum. However, this is a new development, pun intended, and has to throw a monkey
ball into the works for Lew and the San Jose Project, yes?
Once the report is completed, Oakland will be neck-and-neck with San Jose, where A's owners Lew Wolff and John Fisher want to relocate the team. A completed report would deprive San Jose of one of its arguments for putting the A's in Santa Clara County. Their battle to move the A's to San Jose is further complicated by the fact that the San Francisco Giants have territorial rights in the South Bay.
The public will have a chance to weigh in on the plans Dec. 1 at an Oakland Planning Commission meeting. Those plans also include a retail, office and residential units along with 2,500 off-site parking places adjacent to the ballpark.
The plan is favored by Mayor-Elect Jean Quan. She announced her support during her mayoral campaign, saying that the city could rely on redevelopment money for the project. Those funds could be used to pay for the environmental impact report.
The Oakland Planning Commission meeting begins at 6 p.m. in Hearing Room One, City Hall, One Frank Ogawa Plaza.