Can the city of Oakland keep the Athletics in the East Bay?


FILE – In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo Oakland Athletics President Dave Kaval, center, speaks beside Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, right, and Ces Butner, president of the Board of Port Commissioners, during a news conference in Oakland, Calif. The Oakland City Council approved Tuesday, July 20, 201, preliminary terms for a new $12 billion waterfront ballpark project for the Athletics. But it’s not clear if the 6-1 vote will be enough to keep the A’s at the negotiating table instead of leaving the city. Schaaf and city council leaders praised the vote as marking a milestone in negotiations. Kaval said that the financial terms do not work for the team. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, FIle)


Will the Oakland Athletics remain in Oakland?

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf joins the Morning Show with Nikki Medoro to explain why she is hopeful her city will be able to build a new baseball stadium along the waterfront and keep the A’s in Oakland.

The Oakland City Council approved Tuesday, July 20, 201, preliminary terms for a new $12 billion waterfront ballpark project for the Athletics. But it’s not clear if the 6-1 vote will be enough to keep the A’s at the negotiating table instead of leaving the city. Schaaf and city council leaders praised the vote as marking a milestone in negotiations. Oakland Athletics President Dave Kaval said that the financial terms do not work for the team.

“We believe the rest of these issues can be worked out,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.

“The city has gone huge leaps and bounds to accommodate the A’s, and at some point, enough is enough. And we have to do what we have to do to protect the city and protect the city’s ratepayer the taxpayers.” Said Dan Kalb, Oakland City Council Member.

When asked why bother fighting for the Oakland A’s when the money used to create the development can be used in a multitude areas Scahaaf explained,

“This development will create resources to help us address those other issues. This deal is going to generate tax generate revenue that we don’t have today. If they leave we are worse off, if they stay and develop this visionary project it will generate millions and millions or dollars that we’ve already told our community we will dedicate to their priority.” Schaaf stated priorities including, “18 acres of waterfront public park, affordable housing, hundreds and hundreds of units of it and great union jobs. Not just for the [Oakland] A’s but for the community.”

“I know people like to rag on on the A’s, but…I believe they are serious and want to stay routed in Oakland. I respect they’re working on a back up plan in Vegas but I believe they really want to do this.” Okland Mayor Schaaf said finalizing her belief in the agreement.

Listen to the full conversation between Nikki Medoro and Mayor Libby Schaaf below.

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