CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1998 |
Echoing the sentiment of the vast majority of whatever percentage of Los Angeles residents really care, the Los Angeles City Council took an unusually unequivocal stand on a pretty simple issue Friday: The city will not seek the return of the Raiders--or of their owner, Al Davis--to the Coliseum. "I don't think the welcome mat should ever be out," said Councilman Hal Bernson, who wrote the motion. "We have to be cognizant of what transpired when Mr. Davis was here before."
July 30, 1998 |
The following is a public service advisory. The NFL is in town today, but until it has finished pillaging Cleveland, it will not be able to dictate terms of surrender to those in Los Angeles working for the return of football.
August 20, 1988 |
The Raiders may be going back to Oakland . . . for an exhibition game. Negotiations are under way for the team to return to its previous home, the Oakland Coliseum, next summer for an exhibition game against the Houston Oilers. "We're planning on it," said Oiler spokesman Chip Namias. "We discussed the possibility of playing a game there, and then our general manager, Ladd Herzeg, got together with Al Davis to see if the Raiders would be interested in being the opponent. He said they would be."
December 3, 1994 |
More than half the teams in the league have returned at least one punt or kickoff for a touchdown, but the Raiders have not, despite having three of the league's most dangerous returners in Tim Brown, Rocket Ismail and Alexander Wright. Brown is the AFC's second-best punt returner with a 13.2 average, although he has not scored. Ismail leads the AFC with 32 kickoff returns, but he is 10th in return average at 22.3 yards. Wright's 32.
June 24, 1995 |
If Raider players were upset or disappointed about leaving Los Angeles to play in Oakland next season, they didn't show it Friday at the team's El Segundo headquarters. Most echoed the sentiments of defensive lineman Nolan Harrison. "I've always been for the move," said Harrison, a critic of the fan support the Raiders have received here. "I tried to give L.A. a wake-up call before, but now it's too late.
June 9, 1995 |
Hold on Los Angeles, it's not over yet. On a day when rumors were rampant in Oakland that the long-lost Raiders were headed home, club owner Al Davis met for two hours at his El Segundo headquarters with R.D. Hubbard, chief executive officer of Hollywood Park, the proposed site of a $200-million football stadium. While neither would reveal details of the meeting, Hubbard appeared optimistic that a deal can still be struck with Davis to keep the Raiders in Los Angeles.
December 22, 1989 |
Mayor Lionel Wilson said he is not optimistic about the Raiders returning to Oakland. The mayor said Thursday that attorneys representing various sides involved in discussions about whether the Raiders might return to Oakland from their current home in Los Angeles are "at issue on a number of other points (which) doesn't help the situation any." Wilson said he is not hopeful that the differences can be resolved.
January 31, 1998
Turn the Raiders around at LAX? Wrong. A better solution would be starting a recall for the mayor, any supervisor, councilman or woman who encourages Al Davis to come back to Los Angeles. Right now, Nate Holden seems to be the only candidate. VIC BRANCATO Sylmar Nate Holden will have a seat in the U.S. Senate before the Raiders return to Los Angeles. GARY J. DAVIS Arcadia Leigh Steinberg declares that the fact that the majority of people couldn't care less about an NFL team doesn't matter, all you need is 65,000 fans.
July 12, 1995
After 13 years in Los Angeles, the Raiders are being heartily welcomed back to Oakland. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted, 5-0, Tuesday to approve the deal that would make the Raiders the first U.S. sports team to return to its roots. The Oakland City Council gave its seal of approval Tuesday night, 9-0.