Oakland OKs Ballpark Environmental Study

OAKLAND (KCBS) _ Oakland is moving forward with its plan to keep the A’s in Oakland, as the city council voted 6-2 on Tuesday to green light an Environmental Impact Report for a waterfront ballpark.

Many attendees were pleased with the vote, which authorizes up to $750,000 be spent on an EIR for the proposed Victory Court Ballpark.

“We have to give it a try because economically, it will generate the most dollars of all the projects that are in front of us,” said Mayor-elect Jean Quan.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

One of the two no votes was from Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente, who said he is frustrated with a lack of commitment from Major League Baseball to keep the team in Oakland.

“They play one city against another in order to try to get the best possible deal they can,” he said.

Owner Lew Wolff would like to move the team to San Jose. The EIR will examine traffic and noise and look at how businesses in the area will be taken care of if property owners have to move.

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