12.11: Jane Brunner on the A's and the city of Oakland
Oakland City Council member Jane Brunner sits down with Greg Papa on Chronicle Live to talk about the prospect of keeping the A's in Oakland.
I didn't work in Oakland. Well we looked at all the options that we thought were available and the golden -- pretty thoroughly I could actually. If if I had my nose with a switch we pulled put together things about an hour and 45 minutes to go over what we did Oakland. And even those -- love our fans don't feel we did that. If you -- side by side but right now the committee that that Major League Baseball is. Appointed is it going over either all the sights that we've gone over maybe others I don't know. So if there we feel we've exhausted everything we could do and and fair manner. Owner and managing partner of the Oakland a's who will join me on the show last Thursday and he's pretty much made up his mind that Oakland can't work for him. And he wants to go to San Jose even Major League Baseball gonna have something to say about this and also. The city of Oakland as well welcome back to chronicle live presented by auto trader -- -- Greg Papa with you. The city of Oakland actually at a press conference yesterday Oakland mayor Ron Dellums vice mayor initiative -- today and the City Council president who joins me -- you know Jane Brunner. Was there. How are you look at the chronicle live first of all and I guess you guys laid out four sites that you think -- viable for the future. Of the open days so you're saying now mister wolf not so dead yet in Oakland. We -- we're pretty happy we're trying to tell openness that we're fighting for the team we think that -- belong in Oakland. And we have been meeting went. Commissioners task force the last ten months on sites and information about Oakland and where we can put stadium. And I assume they've been out to visit some of these sites I wanna go through them starting with the the Oakland coliseum which were all. Very aware of so I think we'll despite past that particular site because of these teams spend -- -- the late sixties but the other three are the Jack London square down by the waterfront. Tell me about Jack London square north what is this site have four. What all the waterfront sites are terrific. And they are good because they're by the waterfront is enough parking -- close to -- That was a amounts. It's also a lot of housing development has been done whether it's about to happen and the Salina it's a very hot new restaurant place so it. Economic development what happened on all three signs. Said Jack London north area is -- site that is and is good it's behind. How it terminal behind by the way. It's close to Jack London which we have been putting a lot of money into as a city to be developed and it's close so what difference. And he got a victory court as well and Howard terminal and a one prerequisite you have to have is at least a twenty acres of land. And you have to be next is such amenities as transportation and obviously transportation is a wide -- that they've they've -- that the city feels is better than the other do you guys think -- -- three here. Are equally strong. They are we think three years strong we don't wanna pick one because it really is up to the owner -- once to baseball decides where they want to direct and to what city. We wanna make sure that we have three options were pretty happy with the options right you know different people have different favorites on people think Kelly -- feels great because it's empty it's right on the water. Other people think that -- court is the best because it's by -- estuary. You could build a great. Park coming from lake Merritt down to -- a it's it has been done access so. I think all three sites for us we'd be delighted with a baseball's. -- and I -- find out more about this blue ribbon committee -- was appointed by the Commissioner of Baseball which was actually a response from you. Lew Wolff was rather outspoken last spring saying we don't wanna stay in Oakland we wanna go to. San Jose in and you and mayor Dellums sent baseball a letter and I think that's why this committee. Was formed a Corey -- a former giant executive is one of the three people on this committee. And those of us that follow Major League Baseball think that you know the mayor. Is doing do diligence here but really baseball the Commissioner of Baseball is tight to Lew Wolff and -- eventually get his that are rubber stamp. The plan to go to San Jose so my question do you is that you're dealing with his committee. How real do you think these open sites in the city of Oakland are being considered by Major League based. Well you know that's that's the question that's a great question and we. What we went to this process we thought it could be just a Shannon they would stay for a month or two they think they look at different things and they say thank you very much. We'd been really impressed with the task force they've been serious they had flown had a lot they have spent. Time and money analyzing. All the information we give them they are working very well with us and with -- And at this point have to be across a table with them and I do negotiating felt like a living with my -- -- for the labor attorney. These people are serious and they have really analyzing what Oakland has to offer. And -- -- so you feel like you're in the game I think -- what we have gotten in this tent balances that we are at the table and we are in the game. Art and not just looking at Oakland San Jose they're also revisiting freemen are things we have understood recently there Reid doesn't favor. What where when -- think this committee's gonna come down with some decision either way. They tell us they think mid January ended January a we have heard were passed some dates that have slipped. I think as they get information they sometimes have to extend the time. -- -- we thank you so much for your insight on this electoral opening a's get a new stadium and we'd like them to remain at the Oakland Athletics the league should be changed thank you thank you.