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Oakland Ron Dellums' letter to MLB Commissioner Bud Selig on why Oakland should keep the A's.
CITY OF OAKLAND 1 FRANK H. OGAWA PLAZA 3RD FLOOR OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA 94612 Office of the Mayor (510) 238-3141 Ronald V. Dellums FAX: (510) 238-4731 Mayor TDD: (510) 839-6451 July 23, 2010 Mr. Allan “Bud” Selig Commissioner Major League Baseball 12 E. 49th St., #24 New York, NW 10017 Dear Commissioner Selig: We write today to update you on the important and significant steps that we have taken in our efforts to keep the Oakland A’s in Oakland. As Mayor and City Council President, we have been working with your representatives and with our staff to provide complete information and the leadership needed for a state of the art, baseball only, ballpark as the future home of the Oakland A’s. In the last sixteen months, which began when your three-member Committee first started a dialogue with Oakland, we have worked arduously to keep the A’s in Oakland. We want to review what we, along with our private sector partners, have accomplished in the last 16 months: Met with your Committee extensively over the 16 month period Identified three waterfront sites which each meet the physical and infrastructural needs for a 21st Century ballpark as identified by your Committee Generated detailed diligence materials on each of the three sites regarding o environmental conditions o infrastructure conditions o transportation access o parking studies Generated a detailed land-use plan identifying key milestones and reviewing Oakland’s entitlement processes Demonstrated that the City/Redevelopment Agency has the financial capacity to uphold its end of any negotiated transaction Generated over 130 letters of support for keeping the A’s in Oakland from members of the East Bay private sector including business, labor and community leaders Secured over $500,000 in deposits from 35 corporate entities expressing interest in luxury suites, sponsorship opportunities and, most significantly, naming rights for a new waterfront ballpark Organized a grass-roots effort through Facebook with over 40,000 members committed to keeping the A’s in Oakland (see http://www.facebook.com/letsgooakland) Commissioned and published an Economic and Fiscal study which found that a new waterfront ballpark in Oakland would generate thousands of jobs, generate $2.6 billion in economic activity, increase property values around the ballpark by $4.7 billion, and generate over $240 million for Oakland’s general fund The city owns a large single parcel that makes up almost 25% of one of the sites that is appropriate for baseball. The Mayor is ready to authorize the Oakland Redevelopment Agency to start the process of implementing the public environmental review process of entitling land along our waterfront. We believe taken together, these steps demonstrate our continued commitment to keeping the A’s in Oakland. It is clear that our City has a viable plan to complete such a transaction. As we have told your Committee, we stand ready to take the necessary steps to be your partner in this effort to build a world class stadium for the Oakland A’s – one that will make Oakland, the A’s, and Major League Baseball proud. Sincerely, Jane Brunner Hon. Ronald V. Dellums Hon. Jane Brunner Mayor President, City Council
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