OAKLAND, CA-- Chairman and CEO of The Clorox Company Don Knauss, joined by several of the largest companies located in the East Bay, today stood with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to announce support for keeping the Athletics baseball team in Oakland.
At the event, Knauss stated, "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. As former president and CEO of the Minute Maid Company, I was actively involved in the design of the new Houston Astros downtown ballpark and subsequently secured naming rights to change the name to Minute Maid Park. From that experience, 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.
"The business community is committed to helping drive an effort to support the current ownership group in their quest for a new stadium so long as they are committed to staying in Oakland," Knauss went on to say. "However, if the current ownership group is not committed to Oakland, we want to make clear that Oakland and the East Bay business community are ready to step up to the plate to help ensure the A's stay home where they belong in Oakland. We're confident we have identified an ownership group with the financial wherewithal to buy the team, keep them here and get a new stadium built."
Added Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, "I want to thank Clorox and members of the business community for doing what is necessary to keep the A's in Oakland. 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."
At the event, the East Bay business leaders said they are prepared to work with the City, County and A's ownership to help secure corporate sponsors in the following areas:
Among the East Bay businesses represented today are: