Friday, December 3, 2010

Oakland's Victory Court Proposal: Not a Purdy Picture

The Mercury's Mark Purdy is unimpressed by the hoo-hah surrounding Oakland's last-ditch effort to keep the A's. The so-called Victory Court site was officially unveiled last night in Oakland—well, sort of. It was really just the first step in initiating an environmental impact report (EIR), which, at the earliest, would be completed in 2012 or 2013.

Purdy, as frustrated as any of us about the glacier-pace at which this whole process has moved, sizes up the cities' competing plans:

Oakland has not even begun an environmental impact report for its ballpark site. 

The San Jose site's EIR has already been completed, revised and certified. 

The proposed Oakland site is not entirely owned by the city and is currently occupied by 16 businesses. All would have to be relocated. This could involve a lengthy eminent domain process and cost millions.

All of the parcels on the San Jose site already are owned by the city's redevelopment agency or are being purchased by that agency -- which, admittedly, is having financial issues. However, Wolff has said that, if necessary, he would loan money to the agency for purchase of the land. He wants to get on with it. 

The proposed Oakland site is tucked away next to Interstate 880 with uncertain parking and traffic issues that could clog roads. The nearest BART stop is five blocks away. 

The San Jose site is literally on the doorstep of Diridon Station with links to light rail, Caltrain and Amtrak. Thousands of parking spots are nearby. The traffic model has already been tested by Sharks games at nearby HP Pavilion.

In San Jose, members of MLB's so-called "blue ribbon panel" have visited San Jose City Hall at least twice in the past two months. They reportedly have been going over the stadium drawings and plans in detail, right down to the height of light poles in relation to the airport's landing path.

Oakland has no detailed ballpark drawings to examine.

The ballpark-naming rights in San Jose have already been negotiated with Cisco Systems, which is eager to see "Cisco Field" built in its hometown.

Oakland has no company publicly stepping up to commit naming-rights money.

Doesn't get any clearer than that, does it?

Of course, overreaching Oakland boosters and lazy reporters have made much noise about the missed March election deadline in San Jose this week. But as we've pointed out, unlike Oakland, this city has its ducks in a row. Just give us the go-ahead, and San Jose is ready to roll.


  1. Mark Purdy continues to have head in the sand.

    The A's ain't going to Santa Clara county because MLB owners won't allow it. The votes ain't there. Not even close. And because of MLB's anti-trust exemption, there ain't a darn thing SJ, Wolfe, Selig or anyone else can do about that.

    That is why the "panel" has taken 2 years and still no report. They already know this. Selig already knows this. Wolfe probably already knows this. Selig just wants Oakland to get something, anything together so he can sell Oakland as viable.

    Purdy is the one that is "lazy" for keep missing this important point.

  2. That's moronic. It's not just about the votes. If the team were moving to, say Portland or Las Vegas, then they'd have been long gone. But a move to SCC is more complex, maybe too complex for the average Oakland supporter to comprehend. Purdy, Wolfe, and others have been saying for months that the votes are there for the move. It's not a question of votes, but compensation and market share. And it's these complexities that are the only reason Oakland is even mentioned anymore. There is also no proof that Selig is favoring Oakland in any way. Again, inside sources have been saying for some time that San Jose is the plan MLB prefers. And by the way, before you go on about these "inside sources", you probably know that MLB is as secretive as the KGB, so it's all we have. Nonetheless, they've been consistent the last year.

  3. Oakland just can't support a Major League team anymore. It's time for the A's to move!

  4. Strip Oakland of the A's>people of Oakland lose more jobs>Oaklands economy goes in the crapper even more. Wolff tries to blame the stadium for not selling tickets, BS. The stadium was just as crappy now as it was 8 years ago when they were winning, and fans showed up to those games. Put a good team together, and the people of Oakland will go to the games. pretty simple........

  5. 1) Oakland's bad economy is the fault of Oakland, not the A's. 2) It's not just about attendance. Oakland hasn't cared about the team for years, choosing instead to make a deal with the devil (AKA Al Davis). 3 San Jose is the team's last best chance for success in the Bay Area.

  6. MLB will not allow an A's move if Oakland can show it is viable. MLB frowns upon relocating franchises unless all hope is lost and every option has been exhausted. Plus, the other owners are likely to vote against Selig and Wollff preventing the move because of the Giants rights to SJ. SJ may have their ducks in a row, but SJ is Giants territory.


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