22 February 2006

Wolff family visits Union City; more on Fremont

Meanwhile, Lew Wolff and his daughter Kari visited Pioneer Elementary School in Union City, where they read to 130 first- and second-graders as part of their pro-literacy program.

Fremont city manager Manny Diaz discussed Fremont's hopes of getting the A's. According to Diaz, the A's have inquired about Pacific Commons, the new development along I-880 and Auto Mall Parkway. Talks are definitely heating up between Fremont and the A's, though Fremont is still in the preliminary stages.

SJ Ballpark EIR available

As promised, San Jose's draft environmental impact report is now available. The links lead one to just the table of contents right now, but I'll have the entire 365-page tome soon for dissection. The Merc's Barry Witt got a look at it and picked up some points about light and noise, which would affect the Delmas Park and St. Leo's neighborhoods immediately to the east and west of the ballpark, respectively.

The ballpark's northeast orientation would make the seating bowl act as a horn, sending noise directly into Delmas Park. The recommended way to mitigate this is to provide noise insulation for affected residents. Light would also be an issue because standards could be well over 250 feet above street level.

There are plenty of issues with the plan, and I'll go into those in more detail soon. For the time being, I've consolidated the bulk of the EIR (sans appendices) into a single, huge (38 MB) file for your consumption.