Forest City, ruler of Cleveland and close personal friend of Satan, even has influence over the Oakland A's
With news of a proposed soccer stadium
in Summit County, and considering our city's tortured history with sports stadiums, there's an interesting story
sister paper, the East Bay Express
, about the Oakland A's impending move to a place called Fremont.
For sports fans, it's a nice behind-the-scenes look at how a stadium deal gets done. For Cleveland fans, it's a nice behind-the-scenes look at how Forest City, the local developers and political puppet masters, exact their influence across the country.
reports that there was a...
a plan for a new entertainment district in Oakland's Uptown District, next to downtown, anchored by a ballpark and a refurbished Fox Theater. "It would have jumpstarted downtown Oakland," [City Manager Rober] Bobb recalled.
But Bobb's boss, Mayor Jerry Brown, had other plans; he wanted the site for his friends at Forest City Enterprises Inc., a large housing developer.
And so, sometime around 2010, the Indians will play host to a team likely called the Silicon Valley A's of Fremont. Catchy, ain't it? — Joe P. Tone