Oakland Mayor Jean Quan says the city will soon reveal a site design for a ballpark at Howard Terminal that will allow it to skip some regulatory hurdles.

While addressing the Save Oakland Sports group at Ricky’s Sports Theatre in San Leandro at their December 13 annual fund-raiser, Quan said a forthcoming plan that includes a waterfront ballpark just 100 feet from the bay will avoid some building requirements, namely a review by the Bay Conservation Development Commission.

Quan added the Howard Terminal site just north of Jack London Square was originally zoned for a convention center. In addition, in a tantalizing aside, Quan said the property could “fit a baseball stadium and something else.”

She would not elaborate on the latter. Some believe the area could not only accommodate the A’s, but also an arena for the Warriors, who are attempting to build their own waterfront facility at San Francisco’s Piers 30-32.

Her comments bolster a belief a new focus for the A’s remaining in Oakland revolves around a downtown ballpark and not the Coliseum City project a few miles south. Although she again, noted both sites are equally viable. “Basically, we’re saying [to Lew Wolff], you’ve got to choose now,” said Quan.

Throughout her remarks Friday night and afterward, Quan was notably confident and bullish in her words. She went so far as to suggest if Wolff can’t make a decision, Major League Baseball should find a new owner who would. “If the current owner won’t, then you have to get someone else,” said Quan.

Who might interested in purchasing the team, if it is ever put on the market? “We have people with money in Oakland willing to help us,” she said.


11 Responses

  1. Andrea

    Admittedly, I am not up to speed on the plans to keep the A’s in Oakland, But if a new stadium were to be built, who would be footing the bill? Would it largely be dependent on taxpayers’ support?

  2. R2D2IIr

    “Oakland Mayor Jean Quan says the city will soon reveal a site design for a ballpark at Howard Terminal that will allow it to skip some regulatory hurdles.”

    This is what passes for transparency, democracy and open-government in Oakland. Remember that regulatory hurdles are supposedly designed to protect the public interest and were actually put on paper in city hall.

    In other places this kinda thing would be called “the usual backroom dealing.”

  3. Matt of Uptown

    She’s not saying she wants to circumvents regulations. She’s saying Howard Terminal is a site where regulations on filling in the bay don’t apply because it does not involve filling in the bay.

  4. R2D2II

    “She’s saying Howard Terminal is a site where regulations on filling in the bay don’t apply because it does not involve filling in the bay.”

    Nope. Has nothing to do with filling the bay. There are numerous environmental and maritime-use encumbrances on the site. Read all about it at newballpark.org.

  5. observant

    I dont mind a backroom deal to get this done-the team should have had a new stadium 15 years ago.


    sorry, but could some one tell me what is wrong with our current ball park. Can’t we make it better vs. build another one? what would come of the current park?

  7. Matt of Uptown

    R2D2II I’m a regular reader of newballpark.org and the hurtles the mayor is noting are about SF’s plan to encroach on the bay and Howard Terminal doesn’t involve that.

    Now, please instead of being all cryptic please inform us on what backroom deals she needs to make, what laws she’s trying to be above.

  8. R2D2II

    Matt: “She’s saying Howard Terminal is a site where regulations on filling in the bay don’t apply because it does not involve filling in the bay.”

    This sounds to me like you said that Quan was talking about Howard Terminal rather than “SF’s plan to encroach on the bay.”

    There is lots of interest to be found at newballpark.org.

    I’m not being cryptic. My comments are about Quan’s cryptic nature. She’s always been a backroom dealer. The essence of the backroom deal is that there is no information available “frontroom” until after a decision has been made undemocratically, out of the light, most often based on poor thinking-and-planning. The reason for doing things out in the open is to avoid making again and again the poor financial decisions Oakland, and especially Quan, is famous for.

  9. indigo

    Once this backroom deal finally comes to the front, I’m going to guess it will sound something like this:

    “Good news, Oakland. I’m proud to announce that our baseball team will not be moving, for we have a new ballpark! I know how excited you all are, so the city government has already taken the liberty of allocating the entire education budget towards its construction and will delay road maintenance for the next 10 years in order to build the 15 express detours from 880, the 1,000,000 acre parking structure, and a world-class a yacht terminal. Due to the fortunate location of the new stadium along the waterfront, we will be able to cheaply and reliably unload the Chinese steel and labor needed to build the structure—right off the container ships that are an indelible part of our skyline! Finally, you are all probably wondering what the stadium will be called. Just mere moments ago we sold the naming rights to a familiar friend of the Bay Area, and our new stadium will be called, ‘The Twitterbowl.'”

  10. livegreen

    Indigo, Love it!

    Though they’ve already put road maintenance off more than 10 years to the tune of $400 million and don’t have a Stadium or anything else to show for it!


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