By Matt Artz
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 at 8:09 pm in A's.
I stopped by the anti-stadium protest outside Warm Springs Elementary School this evening. I know I’ll get criticized for whatever estimate I make, but I’d say about 300 people were there. I didn’t see any cops to make an equally unscientific estimate for me.
It didn’t match the spectacle of last week’s protest outside Weibel Elementary. Fewer people, fewer handmade signs, less cohesive chants. The protesters lined a block of Warm Springs Boulevard (only the east side) in front of the elementary school, where the A’s had planned to hold a small community meeting about their stadium plans for a site near the planned Warm Springs BART station. The meeting was canceled.
I didn’t talk to enough people to get a sense if most of the protesters were people from the Weibel neighborhood, which would be closest to the proposed stadium, or if they were from other parts of the city/Warm Springs. Last week’s protest was in the heart of the Weibel neighborhood and most of the people I talked to lived there.
This protest won’t just be on Chinese language TV. KTVU was there.