POLITICS/SPORTS (Bay Area): Oakland Raiders, new Oakland stadium?: "Why Oakland, Alameda County aren't clamoring to keep the Raiders" ....
* San Francisco Chronicle: "Why Oakland, Alameda County aren't clamoring to keep the Raiders" - From the Chronicle:
Raiders owner Mark Davis and his colleagues at the NFL might have to wait a long time to hear from Oakland and Alameda County on a plan to help finance a new $900 million stadium. That’s because elected officials are in no hurry to help the team close a $400 million funding gap, partly because taxpayers in Oakland and Alameda County are still paying millions of dollars a year for the Coliseum renovations that lured the team back in the mid-1990s. And that debt won’t be paid off until 2026.
“That money we’re paying now is general-fund money we could spend on police, parks or libraries,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who has said she cannot support spending a dime of public funds for a new stadium.
Schaaf was elected last year on promises to bolster the city’s public safety, and her current budget proposal for fiscal 2015-17 emphasizes hiring more police, while mending an $18 million shortfall this year. Oakland eliminated 80 police officer jobs in 2010 during the midst of the recession, and crime surged. The city has been working to build up its police force again.
If Davis was looking for public subsidies to help pay for a new Oakland stadium, he may be out of luck. The Raiders announced plans in February to build a $1.7 billion stadium in Carson (Los Angeles County) along with the San Diego Chargers. But the announcement did little to create a sense of urgency among East Bay civic leaders. On Wednesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league has received no response from either Oakland or Alameda County about whether they would provide $400 million to keep the team in Oakland.
Schaaf said she would support using public dollars to improve transportation or upgrade the Coliseum land, but she thinks the stadium itself should be privately financed. Private investors have bankrolled other nearby sports venues, she said, citing AT&T Park and the planned Golden State Warriors arena in San Francisco’s Mission Bay as examples. She said she’s waiting on Floyd Kephart, the lead financier on the current Coliseum City, to come back with a viable plan. But his proposal is not due until June 21.
In the meantime, the mayor is sticking to her guns. “We don’t have $400 million lying around,” she said ................