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Oakland A’s shocked by order to stop stadium plans

Peralta District’s board of trustees ordered an end to talks with the team regarding the Laney College site.

Peralta’s board of trustees told the A’s
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Peralta Community College District’s board of trustees directed an end to talks with the Oakland A’s regarding plans to build a stadium near Laney College, reports Kimberly Veklerov in the San Francisco Chronicle.

The A’s long quest for a new stadium appeared to be moving forward this year. The team pledged to name a site in 2017, and they ultimately chose a spot near Laney. However, they were met with resistance from the community and the school, culminating in the discontinuation of talks. Check out the Chronicle’s story for full details.

The A’s released the following statement Wednesday morning:

We are shocked by Peralta’s decision to not move forward. All we wanted to do was enter into a conversation about how to make this work for all of Oakland, Laney, and the Peralta Community College District. We are disappointed that we will not have that opportunity.

Oakland’s mayor weighed in on the announcement:

“Oakland remains fiercely determined to keep the @Athletics in Oakland. It is unfortunate the discussion w/ Peralta ended so abruptly, yet we're committed, more than ever, to working with the A’s and our community to find the right spot in OAK for a privately-financed ballpark.”

As did MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred:

“We applaud the efforts by the Oakland A’s over the last year to engage the community in an open dialogue about their new ballpark. Today’s news comes as a surprise and we urge Oakland leaders to rejoin the conversation.”

Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle offers her thoughts:

And Carl Steward of the Bay Area News Group:

As Veklerov mentions in her story: “Kaval previously told The Chronicle there was no ‘plan B’ if the ballpark site near Laney College didn’t work out.” Before settling on Laney, the team had also been considering two other sites: Howard Terminal near Jack London Square, and the current Oakland Coliseum lot.