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Humpday in the East Bay: A's explore Las Vegas, wet weather expected to return and RVs now permitted in Oakland

Refugio Garcia

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A’s solicit interest from Las Vegas fans for a new ballpark after making progress with Alameda Co.

The Oakland Athletics made progress in working with Alameda County last Tuesday, fleshing out key components for the financing required to construct a new waterfront ballpark at the Howard Terminal. But less than a week later, the A’s sent a survey to gauge the interest of Las Vegas baseball fans, East Bay Times reports.

The Alameda County Board of supervisors tentatively approved a financing plan for a new waterfront ballpark in Oakland last Tuesday, and on Monday, the team sent a survey through the site of A’s Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas Aviators, to gauge fan’s interest in a new ballpark.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said that the tentative agreement following Tuesday’s vote “creates a clear path to keep the A’s rooted in Oakland,” but the recent action of the A’s further shows that the future of the A’s remains uncertain with the email sent to Las Vegas fans reading, “no decisions about the potential relocation of the A’s or the construction of a new ballpark in Las Vegas have been made.”

Email from the Oakland A’s:

The Oakland A’s would like to hear from you!
Las Vegas Aviators Fans have been invited to participate in a survey to understand your interest in supporting the A’s as the team considers moving to Las Vegas and developing a new ballpark.
As part of the planning process, the A’s have engaged a third-party company to conduct a market study to determine demand for MLB and a new ballpark in Las Vegas.
Your participation in this survey is very important to the A’s and will help inform decisions regarding the team’s future. The survey will gauge your thoughts and opinions regarding the team, its potential relocation, interest in attending games, and preferred stadium design elements. Please note that no decisions about the potential relocation of the A’s or the construction of a new ballpark in Las Vegas have been made. Read more of this story.

Another wet weather system expected in the Bay Area this week

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The National Weather Service says another wet weather system may touch down in the Bay Area on Wednesday into Thursday, bringing light drizzle, East Bay Times reports.

“This is just a quick-passing fall system. It’s going to bring some wet conditions for the Bay Area,” according to National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Mehle.

The heaviest rains are expected in the North Bay with Santa Rosa and Mount Tamalpais possibly getting 0.50 inches of rain on Wednesday, San Francisco could get 0.10 inches of rain and the South Bay is expected to get less than 0.05 inches.

“Any additional rain will be helpful but this weather system won’t have a significant impact on the drought or wildfire risk,” Mehle said. “The rainfall we’ve had this year has been really beneficial and mitigated the risk of widespread wildfire risk activity. As far as the drought goes, the rainfall that we’re getting now and the rainfall that we’ve already had has helped with our yearly totals but we still have years to go to fully recover from this drought.”

An additional weather system is expected to pass through the region on Sunday into Tuesday. Read more of this story.

New ordinances in Oakland to allow RVs on private property

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The Oakland City Council on Tuesday approved a new set of ordinances set to take effect in mid-November that will allow RVs, mobile homes and tiny houses to occupy residential property within city limits, East Bay Times reports.

The move to amend Oakland’s building code to allow the permitting of such structures comes amid a growing portion of the city’s population who can no longer afford traditional housing – essentially terminating Oakland’s decades’ old building code that required all residences to be built on a foundation.

In addition, the city also placed “vehicular residential facilities” under the protection of local rent control laws, offering residences the same legal protections afforded to traditional home dwellers.

“I’m proud that our City Council unanimously voted to approve a truly historic ordinance that creates more housing affordability and security for Oaklanders. Today’s action means Oakland is a national leader in addressing the housing crisis by updating our zoning and building codes to promote flexibility and innovation, including the legalization of safe RVs and Tiny Homes on private property,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.

Each vehicular dwelling would be subject to the same density limitations as the city they’re located in. City staff is expected to explore options to handle logistical issues surrounding the new residences, such as sewer-disposal and report their findings to the city council. Read more of this story.

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