Oakland Mayor Fights to Keep Professional Teams

Redeveloping the 750-acre Coliseum complex into a sports and entertainment center may bring jobs back to an area that needs them.

By Cheryl Hurd
|  Friday, Mar 9, 2012  |  Updated 7:31 PM PDT
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Oakland is developing a plan to revitalize the Coliseum and keep its sports team in the city.

Oakland is developing a plan to revitalize the Coliseum and keep its sports team in the city.

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Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is stepping up to the plate and is taking a big swing.

Quan, along with city lawmakers, say they have a plan to throw close to four million dollars toward redeveloping the coliseum complex.

The Warriors, the Raiders and the A's are being courted away from Oakland.  In fact, the A's have made it clear they are closer than ever to moving to San Jose.

The move aims to keep all three of Oakland’s sports franchises in the city. That's not going to be easy but some believe it's necessary if they want to bring in jobs and help rebuild the city.

"We believe that it could generate up to 32 thousand jobs, so it's something everyone will have a stake in whether you're a sports fan or not," Quan said.

Ronald Wysinger is a local sports fan who is trying to help fix a city he feels is broken.

Wysinger works the streets to keep the peace, helping young people, especially men find jobs in the community. He is hoping that the Oakland city council's approval to spend $3.5 million dollars toward redeveloping the 750-acre Coliseum complex into a sports and entertainment center will make a difference and bring jobs to an area that desperately needs them.

“We feel that Coliseum city is a game changer and that Oakland is playing to win,” Quan said. “We believe that it could generate up to 32,000 jobs so it’s something everyone will have
a stake in whether you’re a sports fan or not."
 

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