East Bay Businesses Push to Keep A’s

Don Knauss

Clorox and some other major East Bay businesses are pushing to keep the Athletics baseball team in Oakland. “Clorox strongly and enthusiastically endorses the efforts of the East Bay business community and City of Oakland to keep the Oakland A’s here in a new, world-class stadium,” said Clorox Chairman and CEO Company Don Knauss, speaking at a media event May 3. “I can speak first-hand to the revitalization a world-class ballpark can bring to a city. Certainly, Oakland would benefit greatly from the jobs, tourism and vitality a new stadium would bring,” he said. Local businesses are committed to supporting the A’s current ownership group’s desire for a new stadium “so long as they are committed to staying in Oakland,” he said. East Bay business leaders said they will work to to help secure corporate sponsors for stadium naming rights, major corporate sponsorships, reaching out to business partners and identifying specific industry anchor sponsor opportunities. “Developing a world-class sports, entertainment and business complex as a new home for the A’s will generate thousands of jobs and create economic development opportunities for this city,” said Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. Among the businesses with representatives at the media event were Kaiser Permanente, Matson Navigation Company, Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Pandora Internet Radio, Safeway, Signature Development Group and World Market.
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