By Matt Artz
Thursday, February 5th, 2009 at 8:16 pm in A's.
Below are pictures from this evening’s protest. A police officer on the scene estimated about 700 to 800 people showed up. I thought it was more 500-600. They lined South Grimmer from just about Paseo Padre all the way to the Weibel Elementary School, where the A’s had planned to hold a meeting for just 25 people.
The “No Stadium” chants were really loud.
With such a large turnout, the A’s shifted gears and allowed 500 people in to school’s multi-purpose room for an impromptu Q&A session. It got off to a rowdy start, with huge cheers for one fella who asked the audience whether Mayor Wasserman should be recalled if he supports the Warm Springs stadium site.
The A’s plan to officially submit a new application later this month, which will lead to an environmental review of the Warm Springs BART area as the preferred ballpark site.
The council will address the stadium issue next on Feb. 24.
Here are the pictures:
This last one is the backside of A’s co-owner Keith Wolff and the team’s consultant Jim Cunneen looking as they address the protestors.