11 December 2006

Newswrap for 12/11

A few worthwhile news items came in over the last week.

Fremont officials and representatives from several public transportation authorities have had three roundtable discussions since August about the challenges presented by the Pacific Commons site. Among the solutions being considered are a system of shuttles, a monorail, or a people mover. I'll present a people mover option later this week.

Meanwhile in San Jose, the city council approved the last $20,000 to be spent on the mostly dead ballpark study to formally complete it. Some of the environmental impact details, especially research into historic buildings in the area, will be useful for the next project that is planned for Diridon South - whether it's a stadium, concert hall, parking lot, housing, or anything else.

Last but not least, the Raiders vs. Oakland saga has finally come to an end for now, with the Raiders choosing not to appeal the outcome of a legal decision that struck down a $34 million award to the Raiders. Chip Johnson's column notes that Al Davis has put a 31% stake (likely non-controlling, of course) in the team on the open market, but so far there are no takers. To get the Coliseum up to the standards of the rest of the league, it will take far more than the $50-100 million or so that could be available from the NFL's G3 loan program ($150 million is available to teams that are building a new stadium from the ground up). Football has only three two-team markets (NYC, Baltimore-Washington, SF-Oakland), and one of them has a shared facility. Is it time to start thinking that way here?


Jeff August said...

The monorail seems like a pretty good idea to me. I remember reading about the city of Oakland working a plan for a monorail to go from the Coliseum Station to the Oakland Airport with one stop in between. I thought that was a chance for the city of Oaktown to hold onto the A's.

The 49ers and Raiders in the same stadium.... I don't see it happening. It is a nice idea that I think Glenn Dickey floated at one time. I just think having a stadium in Santa Clara that houses the San Francisco and Oakland teams is more out there than having a stadium in New Jersey that houses two New York teams... but then again, even I am confused by what I just wrote. Which makes it hard to really have a well thought out position.

Anonymous said...

Why do I get this funny feeling that once the Chuck Reed administration is in full swing, and the foulness that is Ron Gonzales is long gone, that San Jose will once again become an option for the A's. If fiscally-conservative Reed is willing to throw $20K to finish the just makes you wonder.

Jeff P. said...

The A's in SJ is dead. I will hold out to the end that the city of SJ could have brushed aside the TR's of the Giants with ease in Federal court. That they chose not to says a lot.

Can you imagine the indignation of SF and Oakland if SJ took both of their NFL teams? Midgen and Feinstein may pull their hair completely out. I would love to see it!

Bleacher Dave said...

One thing Cisco Field/Fremont does have, is an excellent champion in Scott Haggerty.

Anonymous said...

According to this Nancy Gay article in Sunday's Chron, the NFL stadium fund may already be exhausted or close to it.

Jeff August said...

If you step back and take an unbiased view of the situation, the difference between Oakland and Fremont is not necessarily a champion. I think it is the city governments willingness to listen to the champion.

There are other differences. I just think Fremont's willingness to listen to Haggerty is a great contrast with Oakland's willingness to listen to Bobb.

Dead horse has been thumped.

Bleacher Dave said...

Haggerty is a county official, not a city one. I don't think Fremont's officials are going to be suaded by Haggerty, but by the merits and politics of the Development Plan.

Haggerty's usefulness was in snagging Wollf's interest upfront, and as the go to guy for spin.

Bleacher Dave said...

Oh, and to give that horse another thwack, it was the A's that refused to drink after being led to water, not Oakland's politicos. They were at the meeting awaiting Schott, who no-showed.

Marine Layer said...

Yes, that horse has been beaten relentlessly by both sides.