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A's Continue Spat With County Over Lease, Abort Plan To Stay At O.co Through '24
Published April 24, 2014
BLACK HOLE, SON: In S.F., Will Kane writes the "public bickering between the ballclub and the Coliseum Authority underscores the challenges" Oakland Mayor Jean Quan "faces to keep" the A's, Raiders and Warriors there. Grassroots group Save Oakland Sports Founder Jim Zelinski said, "It has been a terrible week, it has been a bad week for Oakland sports. I think the loss of the three teams would be far more disastrous than some people may realize" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 4/24).
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE? In S.F., C.W. Nevius notes the Warriors' new arena site at Mission Bay is "a bit of a hike, even from AT&T Park, and right now it's a little bleak." But the "infill will happen." The site is "such an elegant solution" and is "large enough for plenty of retail and open enough for big ideas." It also seems a new S.F. "destination neighborhood is on the way -- and soon." It all "looks very promising" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 4/24). In San Jose, Paul Rogers writes the Warriors' decision to abandon their waterfront arena site is the "latest example of a 40-year trend" in the Bay Area. Rogers: "No matter how rich or how politically connected, people who have proposed projects that environmentalists say are 'filling the bay' or 'walling off the bay' have nearly always seen those plans end in defeat." Environmentalists have had a "staggeringly efficient record of stalling, shrinking and usually killing bayfront projects" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 4/24).