A "Forever Oakland" sign is hung during a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on September 18, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Oakland mayor wants Raiders to stay, won’t commit public funds

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis appears intent on moving the team to Las Vegas.

The Nevada government has done its part in paving the way for the team to jet the Bay Area by making $750 million in public money available for the construction of a new stadium near the Vegas strip.

Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf is not happy about this development and issued a statement on Wednesday condemning the team “being ripped away … for a second time.”

“While I’m committed to keeping the Raiders, I will not enter into a bidding war with Nevada using public funds,” the mayor said in a statement.

“That’s why I remain focused on working out concrete deal terms that give the NFL’s owners an Oakland option to consider.”

Her full statement can be seen in this tweet:

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