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Elephant Rumblings: Mayor Schaaf’s office responds to A’s latest ballpark proposal

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The Oakland A’s made some moves last week in their quest for a new ballpark at Howard Terminal. They publicly released the financial offer they’ve made to the City of Oakland, and on Friday team president Dave Kaval sent an email to fans asking for support. The A’s also published a petition for fans to sign, urging the Oakland City Council to take a vote on the matter.

Later on Friday, the spokesperson for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf released a statement, shared by David DeBolt of the Mercury News.

The full text of the statement:

“The City of Oakland is in receipt of the A’s proposal submitted today and will evaluate it closely. Our goals for the project are unchanged. We want to keep the A’s in Oakland — forever. We need a deal that’s good not just for the A’s, but for the City, one that provides specific, tangible and equitable benefits to our residents, and doesn’t leave Oakland’s taxpayers on the hook. The City is willing to bring to bear its resources to help make this vision a reality; however, today’s proposal from the A’s appears to request public investment at the high end for projects of this type nationwide. We remain fully committed to working collaboratively with the A’s, our City Council, and our community partners, to formulate a public-private partnership and project of which we can all be proud, and to bring forth a consensus plan to our City Council this year.”

For more details on the latest chapter in the stadium saga, check out the links below, including Sarah Ravani of the S.F. Chronicle, plus reactions New Ballpark, and a podcast episode featuring Kaval.

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