January 19, 1991 |
The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is in debt after spending nearly $4.9 million in its failed effort to lure the Los Angeles Raiders football team back to Oakland, according to financial reports. The biggest expense in last year's campaign was $2.2 million in fees paid to two law firms that represented the Coliseum, Oakland and Alameda County in talks with the team, according to reports released by Coliseum directors.
November 8, 1990 |
A decision to ban smoking in outdoor seats at the Oakland Coliseum has rankled fans of the Oakland Athletics. Andy Dolich, A's vice president of business operations, said it will make the ballpark a better place to watch a game, but some fans say they should have the right to smoke during games. "It's an outdoor facility, people are on their leisure time," Janet Weitz of Oakland said. "I mean, if people really think it's going to harm them, let's ban trucks on the freeway during A's games."
September 16, 1990 |
The president of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Commission, estimating that fruitless efforts to get the Los Angeles Raiders to return to Oakland cost as much as $4 million, said he may turn to the financially hard-pressed Oakland city government to pay those costs. Although George Vukasin said that his commission had agree to underwrite efforts to attract the National Football League team, he said the cost would take too much of the commission's cash reserves.
September 14, 1990 |
Officials of the Oakland/Alameda County Coliseum may turn to the city to help pay for the failed campaign to become the Raiders' new home. The Coliseum estimates that it spent at least $2.2 million wooing the Raiders, who decided this week to remain in Los Angeles. And Coliseum President George Vukasin said Thursday that costs for geological surveys and consultants' fees have not yet been added. Estimates run as high was $4 million, too high for the Coliseum to shoulder alone, Vukasin said.
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August 31, 1990 |
Oakland has extended by 30 days its deadline for Raider acceptance or rejection of the city's offer to return the football team to the Bay Area, authorities there announced Thursday. The original 45-day period had been scheduled to expire today. The disclosure by both Oakland and Alameda County officials discredits reports that the Raiders might seek an immediate termination of their contract to play in the Los Angeles Coliseum through 1991 so they could return to Oakland this season.
July 28, 1990 |
No criminal charges will be filed against Angel outfielder Luis Polonia, who was accused Thursday of assaulting a teen-ager before the Angels' game against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum. Sgt. Joe Readman of the Assault Division of the Oakland Police Dept. said Friday that after an investigation and compilation of reports from witnesses--including Angel Manager Doug Rader and catcher Lance Parrish--the district attorney's office declined to press charges.
May 16, 1990 |
The Oakland Athletics will pay about $525,000 less in rent at the Oakland Coliseum this year and would save at least $13.4 million over the next 15 years under new lease revisions. Both the Oakland City Council and Alameda County Board of Supervisors approved the revised lease, which was announced Tuesday. It was the second revision in four years of the lease which runs through the 2004 baseball season but still contains escape clauses.
April 9, 1990 |
Marc Ganis, the man who produced the marketing plan to bring the Raiders back to Oakland, will be relieved of his duties "after this week," according to an Oakland Coliseum official. The announcement follows reports that Ganis falsified his credentials by claiming he had a law degree and a master's degree in business administration. Syracuse University officials said Ganis attended classes only periodically between 1980 and 1987, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
March 21, 1990 |
The Oakland City Council narrowly ratified approval of a $660-million deal to bring the Los Angeles Raiders back to town, despite growing community opposition and a petition drive to put the plan to voters. Meeting before several hundred spectators in a downtown theater, the council voted 5 to 3, with one member absent, to proceed with the most lucrative package ever given a sports team to relocate.
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March 19, 1990
Wait a second here! Are all the people in California paying that quarter-cent sales tax to help Oakland-San Francisco with their earthquake difficulties, or to get Davis and his Raiders to play games in the Oakland Coliseum. $660 million indeed! ANTHONY BALCHAS Whittier