People will say I am biased here… On Saturday 28 Feb 2015 at a little “watering hole”, at the foot of Clinton & Grand Streets in Alameda, California… Think of the sound emanating from this little building, as in “The Grinch that Stole Christmas”, think “Whoville” on Christmas Morning… Yes Ladies & Gentlemen… I submit, It was NOT Christmas Morning that particular Saturday evening, When the Alameda All Stars took the stage at Roosters.
But… As sure as I am that this was heard on the other side of the Bay in Oakland. As the sounds of rock reverberated thru the buildings of Alameda. I think the satisfied looks… on EVERY face tell the story. The Night of Seven Guitar Players… How do you know an act is special… The audience will stop(In a Dance Club) and Listen. They played Voyager, As very fitting Tribute to one of the Gods of Rock, Ronnie Montrose… IMHO simple, “They tore it up!”, It Rocked! MGL – The Alameda All Star, 35th Anniversary Reunion Roosters Roadhouse, Alameda, California. Video coming soon…
The home field of an Oakland Sports Franchise. Or what the Warriors are never going to have in San Francisco.
While the City struggles with a menacing reputation(media driven)… Attending an A’s, Warriors, or Raider Game at times can show what Oakland could be when unified. The people that complain of the Character of the Stadium really are blind to realities of life in a modern City. How many Stadiums have you visited, or let me change that… How many Stadiums outside of Wrigley Field have hosted An NFL & MLB Champion… Character.
Mark wants an intimate Stadium where he can place a statue of his Father. When I sit in that park, You can’t miss what has been termed “MT Davis”. I look at it with Pride, and think of Al, That adds to the Character of this Park, and the Stories, and the legacies…,
2 Things that strike me.
1)The Milone Trade, is the equivalent of Hiring Best Friend Bob Geren to Manage A’s.
2) Trading Cespedes is the modern day equivalent of the Giants Trading Orlando Cepeda to the Cardinals for Ray Sadecki.
Too much change to Team Chemistry. Cespedes is Important in that Locker Room. Team did not like Milone demotion… Let alone trade. Who are… The We that started in Spring Training, this team has to reshape that identity. Nothing against Lester, Gomes, & Fuld.
I do NOT agree that this is best for this Team.
I had been vocal, against Selig and Wolff, and how they have treated Oakland. Here they were trying to throw the City a Bone. IE get some stability if only for 3~4 Years. I have been warming up to them recently. My Beloved City is doing what I think to be unfair… forcing a renegotiation after a deal was made. Instead of moving forward, we are getting an insight of Oakland City Politics, and why Al left Oakland in the first Place. When Al signed the Deal, or should I say… After renegotiation, again the City forced a renegotiation, so as the Raiders actually played their First Game back, without a signed Deal. There is a precedence in Oakland Sports Negotiation… This is common, it is not the way to do Business.
On the Coliseum, the difference from 1995 to now… Before George Vukasin and the Board were void of elected politicians, and in the complex consistently in the black. A business run for profit.
Since… The JPA. The facility is run Constantly in the Red, in need of public Subsidy on a growing yearly basis… A non-Profit. So… This time around, it’s not Wolff & Selig being unreasonable.
Added 7-23-2014 The A’s did agree to the changes. The “Crow” is not bad on the menu Today…
Never Forget 7-17-2010
Waste Management…, Tomorrow’s Primary
I realize that a Franchise Fee is Standard for doing business with Cities…
I know… the additional “Processing Fee”… Well I do feel Processed, A 27% Franchise Fee(approx. $30mil annual) is Excessive. 5 % should be a reasonable Standard franchise fee. Kudos to Councilman Gallo for bringing this up, Along with the fact that Measure Y is expiring…(**). The City has a $30Mil surplus… surprisingly. Let’s maybe save that for next year when we know that we will will not have for Budget. We cannot keep kicking the can down the line. The City needs to become business friendly. High fees based on wasted City Administrative costs… It’s hard enough for the people out here.
(**) Can’t wait for the new Flyers on measure Y(2014). Tomorrow proposes to be a boring time
at the polls. I voted Green with 2 write in’s, disappointing choices, A very interesting Primary… I want my ridiculous separated Party Based primaries back!
Yesterday there was a Gentleman on a BART train soliciting Signatures for Ballot Initiatives… I asked the Gentleman How much every Signature would bring him. I did this as 4 people signed both, without stopping to read inititative… The first petition, Designed to get that Hand moving, opined for an Increase in the California Minimum Wage. OK that’s reasonable… But the second… To divide California into 6 States… Has anyone conceptualized that… Really! Really!… That means 5 More Governors, 10 more US Senators… ect, 8% of what would be the new Senate. California 10 more Democratic?. Really! If your constipated, and keep eating… This is not an efficient means of getting to the Toilet. So, those people please tell me the advantage of adding to the bureaucracy. 110 Senators are going fix what 100 can’t?
Please People be careful what you sign… BTW the gentleman “bagged” 8 signatures in 5 minutes. He told me he gets $2 per signature, up to $5 per on some other measures. His pro-rated wage in 5 minutes $192 per hour? My conversation stopped his solicitations on that car, at least until I departed the Train at Next Station. I guess this is what Supreme Court Wanted, allowing any SuperPac the ability to spend, spend, spend.
Interesting… They are forcing us to hate Vlad, but we as Citizens should have been able to Sanction these same people for “Failure to Launch”. The internal squabbling between the Executive & Legislative Branches, the Personal Battles leaves theUS weak, that makes our Boarders weak. Now our Internal Political disfunction is now being forced in the International Political Scene. Maybe we need to fix our own Country, before we attempt to dictate what is wrong internally in other Countries. Mr Obama, Mr Bohener, Mr McCain, Mr Reid, Ms. Pelousi, ect… There has got to be a better way. We have to stop the infighting…