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Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:28 AM

Oakland Pays $17 Million for NFL Raiders as Cops Fired


(Bloomberg) Oakland, California, the fifth-most crime ridden city in America, faced a $32 million budget deficit last year. It closed the gap by dismissing a fourth of its police force, more than 200 officers.

Untouched was the $17.3 million that the city pays to stage 10 games a season for the National Football League’s Oakland Raiders and to host Major League Baseball’s Athletics in the O.co Coliseum. The funds cover debt financing and operations and are supplemented by $13.3 million from surrounding Alameda County, based on data compiled by Bloomberg from public records.

“If someone calls 911, you’re looking at an indeterminate amount of time before an officer can respond,” says Barry Donelan, 40, a sergeant who is president of the Oakland police union. “Citizens are suffering.” Reversing a renewed rise in violent crime is out of the question, he says.

Now the city is under pressure to replace the 46-year-old structure to keep the Raiders. The team’s owners may move to nearby Santa Clara and share an under-construction, $1.2 billion venue with the San Francisco 49ers, or to Los Angeles, where the City Council has backed a $1.5 billion stadium hoping to lure the NFL. Losing the Raiders would leave Oakland with about $145 million in debt, which originated 17 years ago in part to bring the team back from Los Angeles. .....................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-20/oakland-pays-17-million-for-nfl-raiders-as-cops-get-cut.html



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marmar Dec 2012 OP
riverbendviewgal Dec 2012 #1
senseandsensibility Dec 2012 #2
Angleae Dec 2012 #5
senseandsensibility Dec 2012 #7
Angleae Dec 2012 #8
hfojvt Dec 2012 #3
Mr. Mojo Risen Dec 2012 #4
uponit7771 Dec 2012 #6

Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:47 AM

1. seems like greed and stupidity

Are working together there. Who would feel safe in that city?

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:47 AM

2. A little boy and his dad are walking and the boy asks,

"Daddy, what's a touchdown?" His dad replies, "I don't know son, we're Raiders' fans." Sorry, that's all I've got this Christmas morning.

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Response to senseandsensibility (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 04:17 PM

5. We Raider's fans know quite well what a touchdown is

It's what the other team gets.

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Response to Angleae (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:11 PM

7. Exactly. And Raiders' fans can take

a joke, too. (Go, Raiders!)

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Response to senseandsensibility (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:13 PM

8. Of course we can take a joke

Our team's been one for over a decade, but that won't stop us.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 01:40 PM

3. I sure would like to see an accounting of all these tax expenditures

these cities (or the powers that run them) seem to think that stadiums will pay for themselves in the revenue created by home games. It might be interesting to see an actual accounting.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:48 PM

4. I live in Oakland

And there is an incredible amount of dysfunction in our local government. Between the mayor, city hall, the police... there seems to be no sense of trust or any willingness to work together. The police just scramble from one emergency to another. And there is no end in sight. It takes a long time to add 200 cops and there is nothing even in the works.

I can only hope things get turned around sometime soon. Oakland is a beautiful city with a lot of good things going for it. The whole Lake Merritt area has been undergoing a huge reconstruction project and the results so far have been fabulous.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 05:37 PM

6. peoples priorities are fucked up

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