Had it with the A's and their stadium
Going to an A's game is no longer fun or worth the headaches.
Trying to get to the A's versus Yankees game June 14 was a disaster and is the fault of the A's and the city of Oakland traffic officers. At the 66th Avenue exit, we saw one city of Oakland police officer sitting in his car. There was no traffic control at all. It took 30 minutes to get through the offramp and over the overpass.
On the other side of the overpass was one officer standing watching the cars and that was it. The parking lot was closed even for us who had VIP parking passes and we were directed to an overflow lot that was almost full. By that time it was the second inning and we weren't even close to our seats.
As season ticket holders, we have put up with old, dirty, flooded bathrooms, bad food and service, but this parking disaster was the worst. A's fans have been complaining for a long time, yet our voices seem to go unheard. Yes, we have a choice where we spend our entertainment dollars and this fan has had enough of the A's and Oakland.
A's lease extension a raw deal for public
The reported 10-year lease extension for the A's is really a year-to-year deal. Lew Wolff and John Fisher can break the lease anytime, with a year's notice. The deal allows Wolff and Fisher to keep $5 million in parking revenue they still owe, essentially taking $5 million from taxpayers and putting it in their pockets.
Wolff and Fisher give only one thing to the Joint Powers Authority: a new scoreboard. Wolff and Fisher make no commitment to Oakland. They agree to nonbinding contract language saying they will make a "good faith effort" to find an Oakland site for the A's. This is nothing but lip service.
If the Raiders strike a deal for a stadium at the Coliseum site, then Wolff and Fisher can break the 10-year lease, presumably with no buyout fee.
This is a raw deal for fans and taxpayers because it gives away millions of dollars to billionaires. This is a bad deal for everybody except A's ownership. I strongly urge the JPA to renegotiate the proposed lease extension terms. If the deal can't be revised, the authority should reject the extension altogether.
Do not elect Kaplan or Quan
Recent news coverage has highlighted Rebecca Kaplan's inability to take a stand on issues. In my mind, this equates to an inability to govern a major city.
Before considering voting for Kaplan for Oakland mayor, please remember she was the person who colluded with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to use the ranked-choice voting system to get Quan elected. I think most of us realize by now what a lack of judgment that decision demonstrated.
The one stand Kaplan did take was to join hands with Quan and Occupy Oakland against the Oakland police. Is that the image you want in the public domain to portray your city's mayor?
I suggest not voting for either Kaplan or Quan to avoid the inadvertent election of either of them under ranked-choice voting.
Union's complaint on money is ironic
This is regarding Heather Somerville's recent article on Dave Welch.
How ironic that the California Teachers Union complains about the $1.1 million in contributions that supported the tenure lawsuit. The lawsuit found rigid teacher tenure rules violate our children's right to a good education.
It is ironic because the CTA gives more money to politics than any other lobbying organization in the state.
The website FollowTheMoney.org says CTA gave $151 million over 10 years to sway legislators and ballot measures.
It is too bad for my daughter's education that the union cares more about tenure for a few incompetent teachers than better salaries for the majority of good teachers.
Trains should not be so loud at night
I live in South Hayward, about four blocks or so from a train crossing at Tennyson Road and Huntwood Avenue.
At early hours of the morning, 2:30-5:30 a.m., freight trains rumble through blaring their very loud horns.
Why must they blast their horns so loud? The crossing is marked with the flashing red lights and electric gates, which is adequate for traffic to detect.
The city of Fremont has quiet zones for its rail crossings. It limits the noise level of the train horns. I have been awakened from my sleep on many occasions due to the loud train horns.
Hayward should adopt Fremont's plan and limit the loud horns around residential property.
I think Hayward residents deserve to get a better night's sleep.