Monday, July 13, 2009
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You know, in this whole matter of retaining the A's in Oakland, as much as I've been upset with the City of Oakland and this newly developed Oakland subculture that wants to keep the city small, and as impressed as I am with the determination of San Jose to try and yank the team from Oakland, there's one perception I can't escape at all: San Jose just plain doesn't deserve the Oakland A's.
The A's are an embeded element of Oakland's cultural history, as much as The Port of Oakland, the Hell's Angels, or The Black Panthers, The Oakland Athletics have been here during the decades that saw the rise of the Oakland Raiders as an NFL power. They were witness to, and considering the political friendships at the time during the 70s, a part of the growth of Oakland's black political base. The A's played a key role in the 1989 Loma Piereta Earthquake, and were impacted by the 1991 Oakland Hills fire. The A's are Oakland and regardless of what the San Jose boosters claim, there's nothing at all they can do about that.
What does San Jose have of its own from a historic sports perspective? Other than the San Jose State teams, nothing, really. In fact, that's why San Jose's trying to steal the Athletics: to overcome the massive insecurity of living literally next door to a city that has everything from a sports perspective. Oakland has not one but three major league teams and if the Oakland / Alameda County Coliseum Authority ever got its internal act together, Oakland could have a WNBA team as well. Oakland's demographics have long favored such a team.
If Oakland got its collective political act together and established a sports commission - as I tried to do in 1999 - and really countered the agressive actions of the San Jose Sports Authority, the foundations of Oakland's sports history, its teams, would not only remain intact, but grow.
Even in a recession this can be done, but Oakland must not just believe it can be done, it must work to make it so. San Jose's nothing but a schoolyard bully that Oakland can take with ease if it wants to. To hell with San Jose. There's already a plan for the redevelopment of the Coliseum for a new baseball stadium, one presented months ago by Bob Lesty (and which I will show again here below) before the Mayor's Sports and Entertainment Task Force. The plans are there, the potential for future revenue growth is there.
All Oakland needs is the want to. I may have given up on our Mayor's will to solve this problem, but I've not given up on Oakland.
Here's the plan:
From BooksFromTLCGraphics on YouTube:
Trailer for book titled "Straight Outta East Oakland," by Harry Louis Williams II
Firstborn Walker wants desperately to flee the mean streets of East Oakland and attend a prestigious university. With no job, he turns to the one person who can help him secure the money for college -- a charismatic, ultra-violent crack dealer. Now part of the Black Christmas mob, will Firstborn catch that triple life sentence, catch a hot one through his forehead, or escape the game altogether? This powerful book tells his story.
From usshaolinkungfu at YouTube
Oakland Chinatown Night Market 2009
Presented by the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce
July 11, 2009
U.S. Shaolin Kung Fu kicked off the Night Market with an exhilarating kung fu performance that thrilled the crowds! This talented young group proudly shared their amazing skills through a variety of forms, traditional weapons, self-defense tactics, and cooperative and constructive team work- and theyve embraced this demonstration with both poise and enthusiasm. Finally a very special appreciation to Master Sun for his breath-taking performance that got the audience up on their feet!
U.S. Shaolin Kung Fu was honored to have performed at this wonderful and culturally enriching event!
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