Op-Ed: Oakland Coliseum Sale Needs Transparency

Public Land should not be handed over to a billionaire family without full transparency — especially when selling at a discounted price

View of the Oakland Coliseum from the Upper Level
Oakland Coliseum, Credit: Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group

Oakland Always Gets the Short End of the Deal

Among American cities with multiple major-league sports franchises, Oakland has ended up on the short end of the stick more than any other — at least financially speaking. The Raiders were touch-and-go with the city for many years before finally departing for Las Vegas and leaving behind a $65 million tab for Oakland taxpayers. When the Warriors left for San Francisco, they left us on the hook for $40 million in arena improvements.

East Oakland Is the Best Option

Unlike the team’s proposed waterfront complex, the Coliseum site requires no additional review, has minimal red tape, offers plentiful public transportation options and sits in a part of Oakland that is long overdue for economic stimulus.

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