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June 14, 2012 | 12:45 pm

The Matt Cain Appreciation Society Roundup

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There’s lots and lots of web traffic about Giants’ pitcher Matt Cain’s perfect game.  Here are some highlights: At McCovey Chronicles, Grant Brisbee enumerates “50 Awesome Things About Matt Cain’s Perfect Game“, including 48. Not worrying about how much this raised his offseason price in free agency. Matt Cain is on the Giants for a […]

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U.S. Open: A Phone-Free Zone

June 13, 2012 | 2:35 pm

U.S. Open: A Phone-Free Zone

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Many of us are used to having our cell phones at all times, taking advantage of any lull in conversation or idle moment to update our Facebook status, share random thoughts on Twitter, and take pictures of anything mildly amusing. If this is you and you’re one of the lucky people who got tickets to […]

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Clorox CEO to A’s: Keep Team in Oakland or Sell

May 3, 2012 | 4:20 pm

Clorox CEO to A’s: Keep Team in Oakland or Sell

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Earlier today, the Clorox Company, Oakland’s only Fortune 500 corporation, hosted a press conference with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and reps from a number of other major East Bay companies to express  support for keeping the A’s in Oakland and for building a new ballpark.  I spoke afterward with Clorox’s chairman and CEO, Don Knauss. […]

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May 2, 2012 | 4:49 pm

Occupiers of 888 Turk Defend Their Actions

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Twenty-four people who identify with Occupy San Francisco were arrested early Wednesday morning for trespassing, as San Francisco police and sheriff’s officers moved in to clear out 888 Turk Street, a building the group took over during Tuesday’s May Day protests.  I spoke with a few of them as they left the Hall of Justice […]

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Wrapping Up Our A’s Ballpark Series

April 19, 2012 | 2:37 pm

Wrapping Up Our A’s Ballpark Series

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The third and final part of our radio series about the Oakland A’s’ search for a new home focussed on the appeal of the proximity of corporate tech titans in the team’s preferred city of San Jose… The owners of the Oakland A’s would like them to become the San Jose A’s, [a relocation] inspired […]

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The A’s to San Jose: San Joseans Make Their Case, Pro and Con

April 12, 2012 | 1:29 pm

The A’s to San Jose: San Joseans Make Their Case, Pro and Con

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Last week I did a radio feature presenting some voices of A’s fans who don’t want their baseball team to move to San Jose. While that view is contrary to that of A’s ownership, the move is on hold anyway, pending a resolution of a territorial rights dispute between the A’s, the San Francisco Giants, […]

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A’s Fans Ponder Their Future in Oakland As New Season Ramps Up

April 3, 2012 | 6:50 pm

A’s Fans Ponder Their Future in Oakland As New Season Ramps Up

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How many more Aprils will A’s fans be watching their team play in Oakland? No one knows. My story on Oakland A’s fans who don’t want the team to move to San Jose aired this morning on KQED News (listen in the player above). It’s the first of several parts; next week I’ll present some […]

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A’s Watch: Columnist Says Team-to-San Jose a No-Go

March 5, 2012 | 12:52 pm

A’s Watch: Columnist Says Team-to-San Jose a No-Go

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There was a brief flurry of excitement in sections of the A’s fan community over the weekend. Not the excitement caused by the arrival and formal signing of Yoenis Cespedes, but by a column in the New York Daily News that hit the web on Saturday night, predicting that A’s ownership would not be granted the […]

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San Jose Planners Give Go-Ahead to Earthquakes Stadium

February 23, 2012 | 5:52 pm

San Jose Planners Give Go-Ahead to Earthquakes Stadium

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On Wednesday night the San Jose Planning Commission denied a neighborhood appeal over a permit allowing the Earthquakes soccer to build a new stadium. It was the final act of a four-year planning and permitting drama for the city and the team; the denial can’t be appealed or reversed by the City Council.   A statement from Quakes […]

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Interview: San Jose Earthquakes’ President on Concerns About New Soccer Stadium

February 22, 2012 | 9:47 am

Interview: San Jose Earthquakes’ President on Concerns About New Soccer Stadium

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The agenda for the San Jose Planning Commission meeting tonight includes the proposal for a soccer stadium put forward by the San Jose Earthquakes.  If this sounds familiar, it should; the Planning Commission approved the project in December of last year.  But members of the Newhall Neighborhood Association filed an appeal (pdf), and so the […]

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