There are lots of things I really should learn. I should learn to enough Spanish to communicate somewhere other than the kitchen. I should learn to sew sleeves and collars that don’t look like they were made by a child. I should learn PHP. And I really, really, really need to learn that when I get home after a lovely evening out, I should not check my RSS feeds because there will undoubtedly be something in them that ruins my good mood.
And so it was last night, as I absentmindedly starting scrolled through the latest headlines while pouring myself some bourbon, and stumbled upon like, the most pointless story ever, in which we learn that in the event the Fremont stadium doesn’t work out, the Mayor would like for the A’s to stay in Oakland, as long as it doesn’t require anything inconvenient from the City. The story prompted the following conversation:
VSMOOTHE: OMG OMG [redacted]
Did you see this?
OMG, I know. Since when is Dellums wanting the As but with no plan news?
VSMOOTHE: Actually, that is news.
He’s changed his position.
VSMOOTHE: Do you remember your very first post on Dellums Watch?
DTO510: Ha! Good memory.
I’m mad at the Trib for running an article that’s like a lie.
I mean, I guess it’s not.
Dellums hopes A’s will stay.
Chamber of Commerce wants the A’s to stay.
There’s no plan to get them to stay.
VSMOOTHE: BREAKING: The Trib sucks.
It turns out that my memory isn’t so good after all, because it was actually the second post on Dellums Watch, but the point remains that for the Mayor to even express vague desire to keep the A’s in town is actually a change of heart from when he was campaigning, when he called even the notion of the team staying around a “flight into fantasy.”
So, if you haven’t been following the Cisco Field saga and want to start, you should immediately bookmark the New A’s Ballpark blog, which is totally awesome, even if it is written from a pro-Fremont perspective. Anyway, if Dellums had been reading the new ballpark blog, or, you know, the newspaper, he might have noticed that team owner Lew Wolff has done every damn thing he can to make it perfectly clear to everyone that Oakland is not an option as far as he’s concerned, saying last fall at the Commonwealth Club:
We don’t want to move. We don’t want to start pitting cities against each other, but it’s out of the question we’ll stay in Oakland.
Sigh. Folks, if you want the A’s to stay in Oakland, well, you’ll probably end up being disappointed, but in the meantime, your best bet is to give money to Gus Morrison, former five-term Mayor of Fremont and a strong ballpark opponent who’s running again on an anti-ballpark platform. Then sit around and hope that the EIR mitigations turn out to be just way too burdensome. Meanwhile, cross your fingers that in the next year or two, Oakland is able to get crime (or at the very least the perception of crime) under control so that people aren’t afraid to come here for an evening. Then, in the unlikely event that Fremont falls through, we can start talking parcel consolidation on the central waterfront.