A lawsuit has been filed in Alameda County Superior Court against the City of Oakland and the Oakland Athletics over the environmental review of the Howard Terminal waterfront baseball stadium project in $12 billion.
The lawsuit, brought by a group of opponents who argue that a new waterfront baseball stadium would not meet environmental requirements, alleges non-compliance with California’s Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA.
The opposing coalition is made up of the following organizations: East Oakland Stadium Alliance; Schnitzer Steel, a metal shredding facility; Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, which represents port workers; the Harbor Trucking Association; California Trucking Association and International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
“We think that’s absolutely insane,” Oakland A-team president Dave Kaval said Friday night. “We think they should drop the lawsuit. It’s a weird way to use an environmental law to prevent the environmental review from being completed.”
Kaval added that he spoke with City of Oakland staff Friday about the lawsuit. “We are collectively disappointed about this.”
The A’s chairman also said ‘we will be very forceful to get this overturned’.
“We’re down the ninth inning, and we need to get Howard Terminal ballpark approved.”