UPDATE: County officials discuss proposed funding for Oakland A stadium

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OAKLAND (BCN) – The odds of Oakland keeping professional baseball in town appeared to diminish Tuesday afternoon as the Alameda County Board of Supervisors discussed whether to join the City of Oakland to provide public funding for a new Oakland A.

Alameda County supervisors have heard hours of public commentary on plans for a new waterside baseball stadium in Howard Terminal for the Oakland Athletics.

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They will vote later on Tuesday evening if they wish to participate in the public funding of parks, affordable housing and other infrastructure on the site.

Last summer, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred stepped up the pressure, saying if the Howard Terminal site was not approved the A’s would have to start looking for other cities to relocate.

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Team officials have already met with City of Las Vegas officials more than once to discuss a possible move that would allow Athletics to follow the Raiders to Sin City.

The fight for Howard Terminal has turned into a billion dollar chicken game, leaving loyal A fans wondering if there is a way for Alameda County politicians to back the plan.

By 5 p.m., supervisors had not voted on a non-binding “declaration of will” that the city asked them to vote on.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said last week that the county’s involvement in stadium development was necessary for the city to move forward. But supervisors were reluctant Tuesday afternoon to comment without further information.

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“There is a long list of unknowns,” said board chairman Keith Carson.

He did not want to rely on faith and incur hundreds of millions of dollars in future income, even if the income would materialize through the project.

He questioned the key assumptions used by economic consultants hired by the city to estimate future benefits for the county.

One assumption was the continuation of AA, C, and W measurements, which the consultant believed would occur. Carson said those measures will end while the county is asked to embark on a 45-year project.

Schaaf was optimistic last week that supervisors would vote and vote “yes” on the city’s “declaration of will,” a term she coined Tuesday afternoon when the county seemed unhappy with the city’s original wording in a statement. resolution.

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A’s stadium proposal includes a new baseball stadium that can accommodate approximately 35,000 people, approximately 1.8 million square feet of retail space, a hotel of approximately 400 rooms, approximately 3,000 residential units and an auditorium. accommodating approximately 3,500 people located at the Charles P. Howard Terminal. at Oakland Harbor.

City officials looked for a rough development with the A’s that was 100 percent privately funded. But conceded that public funding is necessary.

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Oakland also plans to pay for offsite infrastructure needs if the project is built.

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