Keeping the Oakland A’s in Oakland
With a key vote looming on the Oakland A’s plan to build a new ballpark at Howard Terminal north of Jack London Square, the Bay Area Council is urging the Oakland City Council to approve moving forward with the team on the project. The vote on Tuesday, July 20 would endorse the terms of an agreement between the A’s and the city on how to fund the project and a massive community benefits package. The A’s belong in Oakland and the Howard Terminal site, which Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf strongly supports, would provide an iconic location for the new ballpark and a surrounding residential and commercial development that would transform the under-utilized industrial area and provide immense economic benefits. A study by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute found that the project would generate $7.3 billion in economic benefits over 10 years and support the creation of more than 6,100 permanent jobs.