Oakland A’s Ballpark Legislation Signed by Governor Brown

Monday, October 1, 2018

AB 734 Creates Pathway for New, 100% Privately-Financed Ballpark, Unprecedented Environmental Stewardship, New High-Quality Jobs, Economic Development, and Affordable Housing

SACRAMENTO - AB 734 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), which would help the Oakland Athletics build a privately financed ballpark and ancillary development including retail space and affordable housing in the city of Oakland, was signed into law today by Governor Jerry Brown. 

“I’d like to thank our former Oakland Mayor and current Governor, Jerry Brown, for signing this important legislation,” said Assemblymember Bonta. “This is an important victory for Oakland and the entire East Bay since this privately-financed project will bring jobs, affordable housing, retail development, and a state of the art ballpark to our region.”

AB 734 provides an expedited judicial review process of 270 days for any potential lawsuit against the Oakland Sports and Mixed-Use Project at Howard Terminal to be adjudicated pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act. The A’s are yet to finalize a location for the project and have narrowed their focus to the current Coliseum site and Howard Terminal. However, the provisions of AB 734 only apply to Howard Terminal.   

The project will still go through the full CEQA process and complete an environmental impact report. However, to ensure that this project meets the highest environmental requirements necessary for the expedited judicial review that has been provided to other large-scale projects, AB 734 has gone above and beyond prior and existing environmental standards and made an unprecedented commitment to environmental stewardship by including specific criteria that the project needs to meet including: 

  • 20% transportation efficiency within one year of project completion.
  • Net-zero greenhouse gas emissions with a requirement that 50% of the mitigation measures are done locally.
  • LEED Gold certification for the entire project.

“The A’s have been rooted in Oakland for the last fifty years and I want them rooted here for at least fifty more. I applaud the A’s for their commitment to our city and look forward to a final site selection in the near future,” said Bonta.

“We are thrilled that the Governor signed our ballpark legislation. This is another critical step in bringing a privately financed ballpark to Oakland for the 2023 season,” said Dave Kaval, President of the Oakland A’s.

“Governor Brown’s signature is yet one more step on the journey to keep our Oakland A’s right where they belong — in Oakland,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “Not only does this bill help keep the A’s rooted in Oakland, it’s a “w” for local workers, affordable housing, and the environment. As Mayor, I will continue to work with the A’s to build a ballpark that’s responsible to our taxpayers and enhances neighborhood vitality — whether that neighborhood is at Howard Terminal or the Coliseum.”

“This is a win for the local economy and civic pride as we have paved the way for a privately financed stadium that will keep the A’s in Oakland,” said Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond). “I am honored to have worked with the A’s and the City of Oakland to keep the last remaining professional sports team in Oakland.  AB 734 drives home the point that environmental protection and economic development can coexist. This project is a model for future development as it provides an environmentally conscious stadium for the community, new affordable housing and creates new jobs for area residents all while boosting the local economy.”

“AB 734 will help slide the Oakland Athletics into their new home base,” said Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley). “Keeping the A's rooted in Oakland is a home run for Oakland, the East Bay and the team.”

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.