Happy Friday, Athletics Nation!
A new A’s ballpark at Howard Terminal is becoming a tantalizingly tangible possibility.
Yesterday, Bob Egelko at the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Alameda County Superior Court Judge Brad Seligman rejected three lawsuits that essentially argued that the City of Oakland’s environmental impact review of the proposed project was deficient.
Casey Pratt at ABC 7 hailed the decision as a “huge win” for the A’s.
The only item that didn't go Oakland/A's way was "Wind Studies" and both sides will have to come up with solutions and meet by 9/20. Surely, it will all also be appealed, which will drag things out longer. pic.twitter.com/73fxhcvxh5— Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattABC7) September 8, 2022
Judge Seligman deemed that the EIR met the essential criteria of “adequacy, completeness, and a good-faith effort at full disclosure,” though he did also rule that “the EIR improperly defers mitigation measures for wind impacts” and ordered involved parties to meet and confer on solutions to this sole deficiency.
The plaintiffs in these matters include the East Oakland Stadium Alliance, the Capitol Corridors Joint Powers Authority, Union Pacific Railroad, the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. They may appeal yesterday’s decision and slow progress to some extent, but the judge’s ruling contained numerous statements indicating that Oakland and the A’s are on strong footing.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf celebrated the ruling as “a win for the climate and for the residents of Oakland.”
will be built to California’s highest and most rigorous environmental standards. This decision is an important step forward for this transformative, once-in-a-generation project.— Libby Schaaf (@LibbySchaaf) September 8, 2022
Today, Schaaf will be joined by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and Rep. Barbara Lee on a tour of a federally funded transportation project that supports the Howard Terminal development plan. Pratt tweeted that the visit presents an opportunity for the city to lobby for additional funding.
These grants are a major part of Oakland's plans to cover the off-site infrastructure costs. They go a long way towards fixing up the waterfront area, getting Howard Terminal developed and keeping the A's in Oakland. #BindingVoteSZN— Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattABC7) September 8, 2022
A few big hurdles remain before we can break out the champagne, but the quest for a new A’s ballpark has gained unprecedented momentum. It may be possible to celebrate final approval by New Year’s, though Pratt seems a bit nervous about meeting that timeline. Fingers crossed!
Oakland and the A's need to come to terms on a development agreement and a community benefits agreement. Until then, how could you ask the City Council to vote on anything??? Time is quickly running out to get that done before the end of the year. That's my biggest concern. https://t.co/wknQugJiec— Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattABC7) September 8, 2022
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Best of Twitter:
Hopefully the third time will be the charm.
Congratulations to @tonykemp, our Roberto Clemente Award nominee for the third consecutive year!— Oakland A's (@Athletics) September 8, 2022
Vote for Tony as the league-wide winner for his positive contributions both on and off the field: https://t.co/3WkFc1QwI2. pic.twitter.com/6dDXY2wnO4
A'S RECENT MOVES: RHP Hunter Breault to LV, OF Skye Bolt to LV on rehab, OF Ramon Laureano off A’s IL, RHP Adam Oller on A’s IL, RHP Tyler Cyr to A’s, OF Cal Stevenson to LV, C Luis Marinez to STK, RHP Mark Adamiak on STK IL, RHP Grant Holman on LAN IL… https://t.co/joKXkyUAPy— Athletics Farm (@AthleticsFarm) September 9, 2022
Reba hydrating in the cruel heat.
Rick, Jose, THE QUEEN (RIP), Walt, and Vance. And partially concealed Bush?
Bert was the first to do it all on the field in one day.