The Port of Oakland is reportedly close to a deal that would allow SSA to enlarge its footprint at the port, while also freeing up some land where a new waterfront baseball stadium could be built.
At a board meeting this Thursday, the port commission is scheduled to have a second reading of an ordinance that would authorize the executive director to execute agreements to resolve disputes
before the Federal Maritime Commission and in U.S. District Court in California.
The Oakland Tribune
said the deal would end maritime operations at Howard Terminal near Jack London Square
, which is used by Matson, and where a new baseball stadum for the Oakland Athletics could be built.
But the paper said "the 50-acre terminal is hardly a slam dunk to become the A's next home," noting there are proposals to relocated the team to San Jose and questions about the economic viability of the downtown location as a ball park.
said concerns about the SSA deal have also been raised by Ports America, another major terminal operator in the port, and members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. - Chris Dupin