Report: City Council members ordered to vote against A's lease

Report: City Council members ordered to vote against A's lease
July 2, 2014, 10:30 am
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City Council members are expected to vote against the A's proposed 10-year lease, planning an agreement of their own. (USATSI)

Oakland City Council members reportedly will vote against the proposed 10-year lease agreement to keep the A’s playing at the Coliseum for another decade.

The Alameda County board of supervisors, which provides four members to the eight-member Oakland-Alameda County Joint Powers Authority, supports the current deal on the table that is scheduled to be voted on this week. But the four City Council members reportedly were ordered Tuesday night to vote against the deal. The Council is planning to release its own proposed agreement to address the city’s concerns, including reduced rent payments for the A’s.

This divide only deepens the uncertainty regarding the A’s ballpark pursuits. Their current lease at the Coliseum runs out after next season. The proposed 10-year lease agreement that is scheduled to be voted on would run through 2024. It includes a clause that the team would “engage in good faith discussions” on a new ballpark at the current Coliseum site, according to the Bay Area News Group. But were they to break the lease early and move to San Jose, their maximum exit fee would be $7.75 million.

The proposed agreement would also reportedly forgive the A’s more than $5 million that the team has deducted from past rent payments to offset a city parking tax.