Kaval made the A’s intentions official in a letter he delivered Tuesday night to Peralta district Chancellor Jowel Laguerre, asking to begin negotiations to buy or lease the land.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf had pushed for the waterfront site, at a shipping facility known as Howard Terminal, and Peralta’s Laguerre had expressed reservations about building a ballpark so close to Laney.
As for the community College district, Laguerre said in an interview that “this could be a possibility for us.” He cited the chance to collaborate with the A’s on job training and internships for Peralta students and raise money for Laney, which has several buildings in need of repair.
Already, some Laney College faculty and activists in the nearby Chinatown and Eastlake neighborhoods are sounding the alarm over increased traffic and noise, as well as the possible gentrification of an area populated by many immigrant-run businesses.
Evelyn Lord, Laney’s head librarian, predicted a fight: “The big concern is the effect of a sports stadium on the educational environment — the noise, traffic, parking, lights, and people drinking and streaming through.”
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