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a's plans for a new downtown ballpark dealt a crushing blow

the a’s dream of a downtown ballpark in oakland may have just died.the peralta community college district’s board of trustees decided in a closed-door session tuesday night to break off discussions between chancellor jowel laguerre and the a’s, who were hoping to build a privately financed stadium on land owned by the district.“the district will work with its students, faculty, staff, administrators and community to reimagine thedistrict’s needs and assess the resources to meet them,” district leaders said in a statement issued by a spokesman wednesday.according to the statement, the board directed laguerre during the tuesday night meeting to end talks with the a’s.“the board of trustees will continue due diligence in determining the costs and benefits of potentialdevelopment,” the board said in the statement. “we look forward to continued partnerships that enrich the learning experience of our students and the community we have served for more than fifty years.”“we are shocked by peralta’s decision to not move forward,” the a’s said in a statement wednesday. “all we wanted to do was enter into a conversation about how to make this work for all of oakland, laney, and the peralta community college district. we are disappointed that we will not have that opportunity.”students and faculty at laney college overwhelmingly disapproved of the a’s plan two months ago to acquire 15-acre property and transform it into a ballpark village, complete wit...