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NEWSPAPER QUESTIONS PUBLIC FINANCING OF RAIDERS DEAL
Published July 28, 1995
The San Jose Mercury News is asking the courts to force the city of Oakland and Alameda County to release financial figures they used in determining that the Raiders' deal was a "virtual no-risk" for taxpayers. The paper sued Alameda County Superior Court Wednesday over release of the documents. Earlier this month, Oakland Deputy City Manager Ezra Rapport was asked for projections, but he refused, saying the information "would be kept secret because it could be easily manipulated by a hostile press." According to the paper, public officials "have been allowed to see the papers but were ordered to return them to the private consultants so the city and county would not be obligated to release them" (AP/Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 7/28).