Oakland City Council approves amended A's lease agreement

Oakland City Council approves amended A's lease agreement
July 17, 2014, 9:15 am
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City councilman Larry Reid said he fears that the amendments "will help push the A's out of the city." (AP)

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The future of the A's baseball team in Oakland remained up in the air Wednesday after the Oakland City Council voted to add seven amendments to a lease agreement that would keep the A's at the O.co Coliseum for another 10 years.

The amendments don't impact the economics of the lease agreement, which was approved two weeks ago by the A's and the Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority, the board consisting of Oakland and Alameda County appointees that oversees operations at the Coliseum sports complex.

But A's President Michael Crowley told the council that the A's could only accept one of the amendments, which simply corrects a typographical error in the lease agreement.

Referring to the 14 months of negotiations between the baseball team and the Joint Powers Authority, Crowley said, "We've worked tirelessly" on the agreement and said the team wants to keep the rest of the language "as is."

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City Council President Pat Kernighan, who authored the amendments, said after the meeting that she hopes A's owner Lew Wolff accepts the council's vote "as a yes."

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, who didn't participate in the vote, said, "This is definitely a 'yes'" for keeping the A's in Oakland.

Quan said, "If the A's accept this, we can talk about building a new stadium for them."

But City Councilman Larry Reid, who is vice chair of the Joint Powers Authority, said he fears that the council's vote tonight "will help push the A's out of the city."

He said, "This council keeps playing with fire and it will get burned" because the A's could use the vote as a reason to leave Oakland.

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