Bonta’s Oakland A’s Ballpark Legislation Passes First Committee Vote

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

AB 734 Creates Pathway for New Ballpark Which Will Create High-Wage Jobs and Adjacent Affordable Housing

SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D- Oakland) praised today’s vote in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee which would allow the Oakland Athletics to build a privately financed ballpark which will meet high environmental building standards to replace the current Oakland Coliseum.

“The Oakland A’s are a vital part of our East Bay community and they want to stay in Oakland,” said Bonta. “We’ve worked closely with the city and the team to ensure they are able to build a state of the art, environmentally responsible ballpark and mixed-use development with all private money.”

The A’s are exploring two potential infill sites in Oakland. The sites include Howard Terminal near Jack London Square and land at the existing Oakland Coliseum site.

Under the provisions of AB 734, the project will still be required to complete a full Environmental Impact Report consistent with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) with a goal of completing ballpark construction in 2024.

“With the impending loss of the Raiders to Las Vegas and the Golden State Warriors to San Francisco, it’s essential to both the city and the entire East Bay region to retain the A’s in the city they have called home for the last 50 years,” said Bonta.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and A’s team president Dave Kaval testified at the hearing in support of AB 734.

“Today’s overwhelming vote in support of AB 734 was a team win for all East Bay residents,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “I remain focused on keeping the A’s rooted in Oakland in a way that’s responsible to our taxpayers and enhances neighborhood vitality.”

“This vote is an important step in building a privately financed new ballpark in Oakland for the Athletics,” said Dave Kaval, Oakland Athletics President. “I want to thank the incredible support and leadership of Mayor Libby Schaaf, State Senator Nancy Skinner, and Assemblymember Rob Bonta in keeping the A’s rooted in Oakland.”

AB 734 will be heard Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Assemblymember Rob Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro and is the Assistant Majority Leader and Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus.