Oakland Tribune: Oakland lobbies Berkeley lab, July 28, 2011


OAKLAND -- With a setting sun over the Oakland estuary as the backdrop, city leaders made their pitch for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to build its new, secondary campus adjacent to Jack London Square.

Touting the location's numerous transportation links, its spectacular views and, most important, its approval for development, Oakland officials told leaders of the laboratory Wednesday that their best chance for a successful project is at Brooklyn Basin.

"It can be ready a year before any other site," Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said. "We've looked at your other sites but this is the most beautiful site, this is the only site on which you can grow."