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City still taking comments on A’s Project

 Although the environmental review for the  A’s Warm Springs stadium project is on hold, the city is still going ahead with the public comment period for the project. All comments submitted would have to be addressed in the draft environmental impact report, if that is ever completed.

The deadline to submit comments is March 12.

Matt Artz

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  1. No here is an inconisistency or atleast an attempt to confuse the people of Fremont. Such trickery is the reason why the trust in the City government and its bureaucracy has gone out the window.

    Consider this:
    1. Lew Wolff cancels the meeting on 24th and makes everyone think this is over
    2. Wasserman says he has lost all hope and maybe lost opportunity. Blames the citizens about “vested” interests.

    And the City says “well, everything is on hold”…but…here is the kicker…”oh by the way, the last date for NOP comments is still March 12”

    What??? This does not make sense. If everything is on hold, then why not put the last date on hold and let the people comment for as long as they are on hold?

  2. Here is a related article highlighting these “tricks”.

    http://www.insidebayarea.com/argus/ci_11734820

    Excerpt from the article below:

    While the Oakland A’s have put their move to Fremont on hold, stadium opponents say they still will show up by the hundreds at next week’s City Council meeting.

    “It’s not over. This is just another one of (A’s co-owner) Lew Wolff’s games,” said Kathy McDonald, a founder of Fremont Citizens Network.

    Facing opposition to both of his proposed stadium sites, Wolff notified city officials Monday that he was taking a week to reconsider his options and canceling a scheduled appearance next week at the City Council meeting.

    As a result, the city has stopped work on an environmental impact report for the ballpark project. However, it is going ahead with a 30-day period for the public to submit comments, all of which must be addressed in the environmental report.

    McDonald said she fears the A’s will resume their stadium plans after March 12, the final day for submitting comments.

    “I think it’s a trick. I think they’re running out the clock,” she said. “Imagine how many fewer responses they’re going to get because of this.”

  3. Here are three quotes from a new Fortune Magazine article about the economy and MLB (link at end of post)

    “Sports leagues today are more dependent on economically vulnerable sources of revenue such as corporate sponsorships, luxury suites, and other premium seating. Even if attendance doesn’t nosedive, teams could still find themselves swimming in red ink.”

    “I used to think that we were pretty recession-proof, and now I’m not so sure,” Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig tells Fortune. “This is the most significant downturn I’ve seen in my 40 years in baseball.”

    “What scares Hall most about the economy is the potential impact on ticket sales. “The big difference vs. 30 years ago is that today the fan has a choice between spending $15 on a ticket or staying at home and having the best seat in the house, right behind home plate, with the high-definition screen that he bought before this economy hit,” Hall says. “That’s scary.”

    http://money.cnn.com/2009/02/18/magazines/fortune/birger_baseball.fortune/index.htm

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