Vote for Oakland A's Coliseum Extension Put Off

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    A planned vote on a 10-year lease that would keep the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum was put off after representatives from the City of Oakland did not show up for the meeting. Michelle Roberts reports. (Published Friday, Jun 27, 2014)

    A planned vote on a 10-year lease that would keep the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum was put off after representatives from the City of Oakland did not show up for the meeting.

    The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority was expected to vote on the stadium deal Friday. But four of the authority's eight board members were not present.

    In a statement, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and City Council President Pat Kernighan said city officials felt they needed more time to negotiate terms that would keep the team in Oakland and protect residents' interests.

    Council member Larry Reid said negotiations with the team are progressing.

    "We want the A's to stay, including the mayor," Reid said. "We have to have them stay on a business deal that makes sense for all the parties."

    Chris Dobbins, a member of the authority and Oakland Unified School District trustee, is in favor of the 10-year lease. He said the jobs generated by Oakland Raiders and A's are one of the reasons he plans to vote for the extension.

    "We know we need them," he said. "The facility, the county and money to support us. I'm confident the deal will get done."

    The two-time defending AL West champion Athletics are still hoping for a new stadium. The rundown Coliseum has had multiple sewage problems in the past year and an outage affecting the outfield lights on June 14.