The governing board of the community college that owns land on which the Oakland A’s want to build a new ballpark ordered the chancellor to stop plans with the team. The move caught the A’s by surprise. For the last year, team leaders have been talking to neighborhood, business and religious groups in the area, hoping to begin a community-benefits plan on their way to building a ballpark that could open by 2023. Many businesses in Oakland gathered at the Marriott Hotel on Monday to support the new Oakland A's stadium proposal to be built near Peralta Communnity College. Allie Rasmus reports. “We are shocked by Peralta’s decision to not move forward,” the A’s said in a statement Wednesday morning. “All we wanted to do was enter into a conversation about how to make this work for all of Oakland, Laney, and the Peralta Community College District. We are disappointed that we will not have that opportunity.” At a closed-session meeting Tuesday, the board of trustees of the Peralta Community College District — whose offices stand where the ballpark would go — directed Chancellor Jowel Laguerre to discontinue “community engagement” talks with the team and to instead focus on what’s best for the college and its students and faculty. The A’s announced a 15-acre property near Laney College as their preferred site for a new ballpark in September and recently named a design team.
Laney College board halts ballpark plans with Oakland A’s, team ‘shocked’
San Francisco Chronicle | Dec 6