Frequent fliers could be gliding high above Oakland on an airport light-rail system after transit agencies found funds needed for a controversial project that was abandoned by the federal government.
A $484 million plan to build a 3.2-mile overhead tram network between BART’s Oakland Coliseum station and Oakland International Airport will receive a needed $20.7 million infusion after a Metropolitan Transportation Commission ruling. Read More
Slogans they got. You’re familiar with “Commitment to Excellence,” the words if not the results. Now the Raiders are presenting players
T-shirts that in effect sneer at the derision the team unfortunately has earned in recent years.
“The Affirmation, Champions,” one motto begins, on the front and then switches to the back. “We are going to win the AFC West and then after the Super Bowl.” My, my. Read More
Raiders fans are positively giddy this summer, thinking they might have a team that ends its NFL record string of consecutive seasons with double digit losses.
Why? Because they should have a decent offense.
It all starts with the quarterback, and the Raiders seem to have gotten a steal in Jason Campbell, yielding only a fourth-round pick in the 2012 draft for a quarterback who was originally a first-round pick by the Washington Redskins. Read More
A Tuolumne County man who was involved in a shootout with California Highway Patrol officers on Interstate Highway 580 in Oakland early Sunday appears to have been headed to San Francisco with the intent to kill people, police said today. Read More
A man from Fairfax, Va., who was in the Bay Area for a job interview at Google was shot and killed in downtown Oakland late Sunday night, police said today.
Patrol officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of Webster Street at about 11:30 p.m. after police received reports of gunshots and people seen running toward 20th Street. Read More
Perhaps the A’s should rethink the policy against banners at the Coliseum negative to management, permitting display on the condition that signs must be accompanied by paying customers.
While understandably no one wishes to be trashed in his own house, and figuratively that’s what the Coliseum is for the A’s, better to have the seats filled, if even by those who proclaim disdain for Lew Wolff. Read More
The shocking decision to remove Jack Cust from their roster just emphasizes what observers had already noted: The 2010 A’s will be built around pitching and speed.
Cust was there strictly for his power hitting, but that was offset by his frequent strikeouts: 572 in 1,463 at-bats over nearly three seasons with the A’s. Because of those strikeouts, he shouldn’t be a middle-of-the-order hitter because he can short circuit too many potential rallies. Read More
The Golden State Warriors are in play, San Francisco has a spot for a 20,000-seat arena and there’s a local billionaire who wants an NBA franchise. Could the basketball gods be shining on the sad state of our local sports affairs?
No. It makes total sense, which is why it will probably never happen. Read More
If JaMarcus Russell wants to remove his name from the list of all-time busts, he needs to take a look at the careers of the great Raiders quarterbacks.
In order, I’d rate the best this way: Ken Stabler, Jim Plunkett, Rich Gannon, Daryle Lamonica. Only Plunkett and Lamonica had strong arms, but all four had great leadership qualities. Read More
Oakland police are investigating an attempted home invasion robbery early this morning in which the suspects claimed to be police officers.
The incident was reported at 3:22 a.m. at a home in the 3000 block of Champion Street, police Officer Jeff Thomason said.
Three suspects knocked on the door of the home and claimed they were Oakland police officers, but one of the people inside the home became suspicious because there was no police car parked outside, Thomason said. Read More