October 29 2014
Lakeshore Baptist Church
Mayoral Forum on sports issues
External Link: http://oaksports.wix.com/oaklandsportsforum
This forum is affiliated in some way with Zennie- he is listed on the contact page.
6:05 PM-6:15 PM
Introductions of candidates and of special guests (note, the event is free and candidates can set up tables in the lobby area)
6:15 PM - 7:45 PM
Questions period - four questions with 1 min answer per candidate and 10 minute discussion forum between each one. Candidates may question one another during the discussion period:
1. Wild card question from audience submitted beforehand, asked by that person. (1 min per candidate, then 10 minute conversation period with moderators.)
2. The Golden State Warriors are working to build an arena in San Francisco. Some say the deal is done and its too late to stop it. But others say that the Warriors belong here in Oakland, still owe Oakland and Alameda County rent that would pay off the bond that was issued to pay for arena renovation in 1998, and should not be allowed to skip town. What is your take? (1 min per candidate, then 10 minute conversation period with moderators.)
3. The Oakland Raiders and the Oakland A's need new stadiums. As I speak, Coliseum City is in the early planning stages, but could progress better - financing has not been completely secured. Is Coliseum City the right approach, and if it's not, then what would you push for as Mayor? The ballpark waterfront proposal? (1 min per candidate, then 10 minute conversation period with moderators.)
4. The Oakland / Alameda County Joint Powers Authority was formed to provide a government issuing body for the Raider Bonds. Lately, the JPA has been the focus of strained City and County relationships, and I'm presenting that in an open-ended fashion. What, if anything, should be done with the JPA, and as Mayor what will you do to make that happen? (1 min per candidate, then 10 minute conversation period with moderators.)
7:45 PM - 7:50 PM
Review of finals scores and announcement of the winner of the first Oakland Sports Forum
7:50 PM - 8 PM
Final remarks, exit of the church (this 10 minute period also gives us "time room" if needed.
Thanks to Pastor Jim Hopkins and Mary Alice Cirimele, Leigh Steinberg, Steve Lowe, Gary Flaxman, Save Oakland Sports, The Hon Elihu Harris, and the candidates who are taking time to show they care enough about Oakland to run for mayor of it.