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Second Stadium Protest called for Tuesday

The people who organized Thursday’s protest outside Weibel Elementary School have called for a second protest 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. I guess there’s another 25-person community meeting with the team scheduled that evening.

Matt Artz

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  1. This sounds like a really good idea. Maybe the whole city should protest at all the schools and “small” meetings the A’s arrange along with the city council meetings.

    The A’s are going to be a net drain on the city treasury and city services. Our city management has already under estimated 6 million dollars in short fall. Our city government is not equiped to plan a project like this stadium and the city will not have the funds to pay for having MLB in our city.

    That’s the painfull but actual situation!

  2. Don’t argue with your fellow citizens. Let our elected officials know how you stand on the ballpark in Warm Springs issue via e-mail, snail mail or phone (see below).

    Keep your message brief and to the point.

    State your position clearly.

    If you send an e-mail:
    This address that will route your e-mail to the mayor and all city council members:
    ccouncil@ci.fremont.ca.us

    If you send a letter address it to:
    Mayor Robert Wasserman
    The Honorable Anu Natarajan / Bill Harrison / Bob Wieckowski / Suzanne Chan
    City of Fremont
    P.O. Box 5006
    Fremont, CA 94537-5006

    If you phone you can leave a simultaneous voice message by calling:
    284-4080

  3. If you want to write to the City Council, the home page of the Fremont Citizens Network has a single link called “Speed Email” upon clicking it will open a window with the email addresses of the Mayor and all the city council filled in. Just type your message and send it in. It can’t get easier than that.
    Check out the “Speed Email” link on http://www.fremontcitizensnetwork.org
    Thanks!

  4. The liabiity that our mayor and city council members will incur is growing by the minute with the awareness that an MLB ballpark cannot possibly bring additional value to Fremont.

    The data is available to anyone that wants to find it and it is compelling. There is no way you can argue that a ballpark brings additional revenue to Fremont taxpayers. It COSTS the taxpayers and if we weren’t in such bad shape already – perhaps Warm Spring, Centerville, Irvington, and all the other districts MIGHT support this.

  5. Bring on the Lawyers…
    The Fremont Network, indicates a prominent San Francisco/Los Angeles CEQA and Class Action Lawsuit Lawfirm has been retained to attack and bring in line the A’s, Mayor, and City Council. Several top silicon valley execs. from Adobe, HP, IBM, Lam, Sun, and even Cisco living in the Mission Hills area are backing the assault. God Bless them. The Warm Springs Stadium option will likely die in court a slow expensive death.

  6. Letters to Wasserman and Chan and Weickowski mean nothing.

    Holding these same individuals personally responsbile for making decisions that are contrary to routinely available data and common sense is the only path. They can’t pretend that staff advice was the basis of their choices when so much data is so routinely available and which flies in the face of their directions.

  7. OK, Lovinspoonfills, I’ll bite – who or what is The Fremont Network and where did you see this information – I’d like to see it for myself and find out more about it. A URL for the group or an article on this subject would be great. It sounds like the cavalry is coming to the rescue!

  8. This aired on KQED-FM this past Friday night. Everyone that has any position on the stadium needs to listen to it.

    Someone that is connected with the Fremont network needs to get this downloaded and posted to their home page.

    Here’s the link –

    http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R902061730

    If for some reason the link above isn’t working – go to

    http://www.kqed.org

    Click on the RADIO tab at the top of the page.

    Under NEWS AND COMMENTARY (a little ways down the page) – you’ll see the link labeled SPORTS FRANCHISES AND STADIUMS for as long as they keep it there.

    Pass this around.

  9. Lovinspoonfils – you’re not talking about the Fremont CITIZENS Network, are you?

  10. Thank you Fremont Taxpayer. Great interview with Dave Zirvin, a sports columnist and author of “A People’s History of Sports in the United States”.

    A few of Mr. Zirvin’s comments from the interview:
    “Stadium construction ended up being seen as a pancea for urban ills…a substitute for economic recovery”

    “…in each and every case you can’t look at profit resulting from the stadium construction..”

    “..every economic think tank, from the right or left, says stadiums do not help communities and people are wising up.”

  11. The news this week that N.Y. Yankees baseball phenom Alex Rodriguez used steroids to enhance his playing performance was more irritating to me than normal. Why? Because our city leaders are so jazzed about bringing major league baseball to Fremont. They’re spin is on the economic opportunities it will offer the city.

    The economic opportunities go to the overpaid players that sign multi-million dollar contracts. Meanwhile, several thousand local people will line up hoping to get one of the part-time, minimum wage jobs in the stadium concession stands, or maybe as a service attendant in a local hotel where a ballplayer will palm them a healthy tip for carrying his bags.

    Fremont, we need to create real economic opportunities for our residents not for out-of-town baseball team owners and their ‘droid enhanced superstars.

  12. “Fremont, we need to create real economic opportunities for our residents”

    I know Milpitas has a team charged with aggressively recruiting tech businesses. Not only do they have a pitch to give, but the city gov has streamlined development and eliminated hurdles for high-tech companies.

    And, according to the Silicon Valley Leadership group, the plan is working for Milpitas. Cha-ching!

    How many research firms has W-ASS-erman met with in the past year? How many tech firms, manufacturing?

    Does Waste-of-space-erman really want 5-10 percent of his city slinging hot dogs?

  13. Marty, Doug,

    Great points!! Instead of doing the hard economic development work that our City needs, we’re considering a project that will likely cost us dearly in many ways.

    Read what the economists have to say about the economics of ballparks. Read the case studies of other similar facilities. It’s not a pretty picture.

    Do we want to let our Council roll the dice with our City’s future hoping that we’ll somehow avoid all of the serious problems that other ballparks have almost always faced?

  14. This deserves repeating (over and over again):
    “Stadium construction ended up being seen as a pancea for urban ills…a substitute for economic recovery”

    “…in each and every case you can’t look at profit resulting from the stadium construction..”

    “..every economic think tank, from the right or left, says stadiums do not help communities and people are wising up.” – Dave Zirvin, a sports columnist and author of “A People’s History of Sports in the United States”.

    Thanks again to Fremont Taxpayer. You can listen to Mr. Zirvin’s interview on: http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R902061730

  15. This deserves repeating (over and over again):
    “Stadium construction ended up being seen as a pancea for urban ills…a substitute for economic recovery”

    “…in each and every case you can’t look at profit resulting from the stadium construction..”

    “..every economic think tank, from the right or left, says stadiums do not help communities and people are wising up.” – Dave Zirvin, a sports columnist and author of “A People’s History of Sports in the United States”.

    Thanks again to Fremont Taxpayer. You can listen to Mr. Zirvin’s interview on: http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R902061730

  16. Marty, your post about Milpitas’ efforts to recruit tech business reminded me of the comments made by local mayors in this BizJournal article:

    “…San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed focused on cleantech, saying that this is the sector with the greatest growth potential for San Jose.

    “It’s the next wave, but cleantech companies have choices about where they are going to locate,” said Reed, who added that his office is talking to a half dozen companies with a total of 2 million square feet in space needs.

    “We need to move at the speed of business,” he said. “There is a huge upside if these companies locate here and much of the technology is being created in Silicon Valley. We need to make sure that what starts here stays here.”

    Santa Clara Mayor Patricia Mahan and Fremont Mayor Bob Wasserman both sounded optimistic about future professional sports stadiums planned for their cities.

    By the way, Mayor Reed is headed to D.C. tonight right after their city council meeting to put in a good word for San Jose being included in the stimulus bill.

  17. Doug, that juxtaposition makes me ill.

    Can one of our Mayor’s supporters set us straight with regards to what I perceive as his absent interest in bringing technology jobs to Fremont?

    I would love to be proven wrong (but don’t make it a habit).

  18. MASSIVE PROTEST AGAINST THE A’S STADIUM
    TUESDAY FEBRUARY 24th, 2009
    CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 3300 CAPITOL AVE., BUILDING A
    7:00 P.M. (the building is across from Raleys on Paseo Padre)
    ————————————————-
    The Con- Man Lew Wolff Comes into Our Community and tries to sell us his Stadium Lie.
    He insults our intelligence
    He threatens the safety of our children
    He threatens our security, and
    He attempts to ruin our quality of life

    This is OUR COMMUNITY!
    WE WILL FIGHT ALL WHO TRY TO DESTROY IT.

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