14 June 2005

Newhouse throws his support behind the Estuary

Trib columnist Dave Newhouse checked out the Estuary and came away with dreams of Chavez splash hits. He recaps the situation, though the mention of the freeway being "farther away than at the Coliseum" is a bit puzzling.

Newhouse is right about it being a 15-minute walk from Lake Merritt BART, and while Newhouse thought De La Fuente joked about putting in a trolley system, BART and Oakland did a feasibility study for Jack London Square at the end of last year. BART was ruled out because of the expense, and the alternative that emerged as the favorite was in fact, a trolley/streetcar. No option has a route that runs to Oak-to-9th, but with the influx of residents, jobs, and tourists that would come with a new development there, it would make sense to include it in the final plan.

Wolff officially rules out Coliseum

It's not a surprise, but Wolff has dismissed the Coliseum as a potential ballpark site, due to the previously mentioned conflicts with existing tenants (Warriors, Raiders) and lack of available surrounding land. Of course, a quick drive down Hegenberger would make one skeptical about that...

When asked about the Oak-to-9th site, Wolff declined comment and didn't reveal information on any new sites. There are now grumblings from the those that believe Wolff is being less than upfront about his efforts, which could pave the way for an exit from Oakland.

While it's a bit disconcerting that Wolff isn't actively involving the public in the search, he does speak to De La Fuente every two weeks to update the situation. But even DLF can only do so much. As Don Perata once said, "No stadium project goes through without the support of the mayor."