A’s play politics with Coliseum tarp
April 16, 2017
Updated: April 16, 2017 6:00am
There was more to the A’s taking the tarps off the upper deck of the Oakland Coliseum than just adding cheap seats — some old-fashioned community politics are at play as well.
To show the team’s renewed commitment to the city, the A’s are donating half the take from 12,103 un-tarped seats to local charities.
The first to get a cut just happens to be Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s pet project, Oakland Promise — an education support group whose goal is to triple the number of Oakland students who complete college in the next 10 years.
“You can’t beat education,” Kaval said.
And it pays to be nice to the mayor.
In addition to teaming up with Schaaf, Kaval has been setting up meetings with community groups to get their input on a new ballpark.
It’s the same tactic Kaval used as president of the San Jose Earthquakes to put together community support in the South Bay for the soccer team’s Avaya Stadium.
There are four prospective sites for a new Oakland ballpark, and each has its pluses and minuses.
The current Coliseum site has cleared the building permit process and has great BART and freeway access, but it lacks the neighborhood feel the team is looking for.
The Howard Terminal site on the waterfront, north of Jack London Square, has plenty of space — but no BART station.
A site adjacent to Laney College has BART access and a great neighborhood feel, but it could be tough to pull the needed land together.
And Brooklyn Basin, across Interstate 880 from Laney, has great weather — but terrible transportation access.
The A’s hope to make a call by the end of the year.
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