East Bay leaders could be facing a 30-day self-imposed deadline for a new stadium deal with the Raiders.
According to one Raiders’ source who spoke to Chronicle columnists Matier and Ross, the proposed shared stadium in Carson, near Los Angeles, may be the best game plan, especially if progress on a new Bay Area stadium doesn’t happen within the next month.
“If we don’t have significant progress within the next 30 days, I’d say one party or the other will call an end to it,” the source claimed.
Last week, the city of Carson announced a planned joint stadium for the Raiders and the San Diego Chargers.
Coliseum leaders fear the issues over public money for a new stadium may be insurmountable.
“My concern is that it could wind up being a shell game that will blow up the minute the public sees the details,” an official on the Coliseum Authority, run jointly by the city and Alameda County, told the Chronicle.
Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf has told the public she would be willing to use taxpayer money to help pay for a new local stadium. According to Matier and Ross, that could total $240 million to $300 million, keeping in mind that city and county taxpayers are still spending $20 million a year to pay off 1990s deal that brought the Raiders back from Los Angeles.
County Supervisor Nate Miley told the Chronicle, “I lived through that once, and I don’t want to do it again.”