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Marshawn Lynch is embarking on a new endeavor as a restaurant owner this summer.

The Raiders running back will be taking over Scend’s Restaurant and Bar, an Oakland-area soul restaurant that’s been around since 1967, following the retirement of longtime owner Cassie Nickelson in August.

“I’m comfortable with him and I like him,” Nickelson, 80, told KTVU.

The two also go way back.

“When he was 9-years-old, he came across the street to get a hamburger and French fries,” she recalled. “Twenty-five-cent French fries and a 75-cent hamburger.”


OAKLAND, Calif. – The Golden State Warriors, Oakland Athletics, and Oakland Raiders have presented a $750,000 check to aid victims and relief efforts from the deadly warehouse fire last month in Oakland.

For the presentation after the first quarter of Thursday night’s Pistons-Warriors game, Golden State President and COO Rick Welts was joined by A’s manager Bob Melvin, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Trevor Riggen, regional CEO of the American Red Cross.

The City of Oakland and Red Cross accepted the funds, all of which will go directly to aid and relief efforts.

On Dec. 2, 36 people died in the ”Ghost Ship” warehouse fire.

Warriors players and coaches quickly pledged $75,000, while the three pro franchises in the East Bay teamed up to commit matching donations up to $50,000 – and more than 3,600 individuals had contributed to the fund as of Thursday, according to the Warriors.


OAKLAND, Calif. – Oakland and Alameda County leaders will vote Tuesday on a financial and development plan to build a $1.3-billion football stadium at the Coliseum site to keep the Raiders from moving to Las Vegas.

Mayor Libby Schaaf and other local leaders on Friday presented details of the plan reached with the Ronnie Lott Group and Fortress Investment Group that includes public money only being used for infrastructure upgrades.

”This term sheet agreement puts Oakland in the running to keep the Raiders in a way that is responsible to the team, the league, the fans, and the taxpayers,” Schaaf said. ”Everything the city, and county, and the investor team is doing is about putting forward the best offer to encourage the Raiders ownership and the NFL to keep the Raiders in Oakland, where the team belongs.”

The Raiders had no comment on the plan and owner Mark Davis is committed to moving to Las Vegas, where a $1.9-billion stadium project has been approved. Nevada will raise $750 million from a hotel tax to fund the stadium with billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson contributing $650 million and the Raiders and NFL kicking in $500 million.

The Raiders must get approval from 24 of the 32 NFL owners before being allowed to move with a vote possible as soon as January.

That put pressure on Bay Area officials to put together an alternative plan to keep the Raiders from moving. The parties have identified $1.25 billion in potential financing for a project that may cost upward of $1.3 billion for a stadium that would open in 2021.

The city will invest $200 million on infrastructure in the area as well as provide land worth $150 million. The Lott Group will contribute $400 million to the project with the NFL and the Raiders contributing $500 million. The NFL has already pledged $300 million to a stadium in Oakland when it prevented the Raiders from moving to Los Angeles earlier this year.

The city and county still must figure out how to deal with the nearly $100 million in debt on the current stadium before finalizing the deal.

Under the deal, the city and county will convey approximately 105 acres to Lott Group/Fortress for a football stadium with about 55,000 seats that will be built along with mixed-use development for possible office or retail space, hotels, residential housing, and parking.

There will also be 15 acres reserved for a new baseball stadium for the Athletics if they choose to stay at their current site. If the A’s decide to move to a different location that land will be added to the mixed-use development. Also, the 10 acres occupied by Oracle Arena could be added to the development if the Warriors move to San Francisco and the city and county decide not to keep using the arena.

”This is the best plan the city and county have ever achieved in attempting to keep the Raiders in Oakland,” councilmember Larry Reid said. ”We are offering control of the land, a respected investment team, and no risk to taxpayers in putting this deal together. This shows the public, the Raiders ownership, and the NFL that there is a viable plan to remain in Oakland.”

Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott has teamed with former NFL player Rodney Peete to head the Oakland Pro Football LLC, which is working with global investment manager Fortress Investment Group LLC on the project.

”This is about what it means to be from Oakland, and the values we share as a region,” Lott said. ”If we put those things forward, we believe we have a fighting opportunity to keep the Raiders here and join in revitalizing the community around the Coliseum.”


LAS VEGAS — A plan to build an NFL stadium that could attract the Raiders to Las Vegas hit another milestone on Wednesday, with Gov. Brian Sandoval signaling support for the project and saying he intends to call Nevada lawmakers into a special session early next month to consider a public financing plan.

The Republican governor said he spoke with Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis this week and thought Davis was ”committed and resolute in the team’s interest in relocating to our state.”

Sandoval said the stadium, along with a convention center and police force expansion that were also recommended to him, were an opportunity to invest in Nevada’s foundational industry of tourism.

”We can and must usher in a new era for tourism in the Las Vegas market, while keeping our citizens and visitors safe, and ensuring our position as the global leader in entertainment and hospitality,” he said in a statement.

The Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee last week recommended raising hotel taxes in the Las Vegas area to help put $750 million toward a 65,000-seat stadium. Las Vegas Sands casino magnate Sheldon Adelson plans to put $650 million toward the venue, which is projected to cost nearly $2 billion.

Three-quarters of NFL owners would need to approve any team relocation, and they could do so when they meet in January. Officials in Oakland, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, said they’re hopeful the team can stay in the Bay Area.

”You never want to see a community lose their franchise once, much less twice,” Goodell said Sunday. ”I think we can do it in Oakland. I think there’s a solution there, but it takes the community to help identify it.”

Meanwhile, county commissions in the Reno and Las Vegas areas plan to meet next week to fill five vacancies in the Nevada Legislature. Raising hotel taxes would require two-thirds support among the 63 state lawmakers.

Sandoval said he wants to allow time for newly appointed lawmakers to review the proposal, then he plans to begin a special session no earlier than Oct. 7 and no later than Oct. 13, depending on his conversations with legislative leadership.

Ronnie Lott

Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott is among a group of investors attempting to keep the Oakland Raiders from moving to Las Vegas.

Lott, leading a team of financiers that also includes former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, is hoping to get a deal done for a new stadium that would replace Oakland Coliseum and keep the Raiders in the Bay Area.

The move would have to fit the approval of owner Mark Davis, who has shown interest in moving his franchise to Vegas, where the city could be willing to help fund a new stadium project.

Oakland’s mayor Libby Schaaf is cautiously optimistic about the investment group.

“I think it would be great to have them involved,” Schaaf told Matthew Artz and Jerry McDonald of the San Jose Mercury News. “…but I’ve got to be very respectful of what I’ve heard very clearly from the NFL, that this needs to be a team-centric development.”

Schaaf is sticking to her guns when it comes to keeping the Raiders in Oakland, refusing to use public funds to finance a new stadium. It seems the investment group would only purchase a piece of the stadium, meaning the rest of the funding would have to come from other outside investors or Davis himself.

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis met with a delegation of officials from San Antonio on Friday to talk about a potential move for the franchise.

Former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros and other city officials traveled to the Bay Area for the meeting, which comes about four months after Davis and other team officials had met with the group in San Antonio.

”We’re going to present San Antonio’s strengths and assets in the most persuasive way possible,” Cisneros told the San Antonio Express-News before the meeting. ”We have a very, very good opportunity to set it forth in a way the Raiders can digest.”

Team officials declined to comment on the meeting.

The Raiders are in the final year of their lease at the Oakland Coliseum and are seeking a long-term deal. Davis has said his first choice is to remain in Oakland but he has been unable to reach a deal for a new stadium with local officials. The Raiders also could move back to Los Angeles, their home from 1982-94.

The Raiders are the only NFL team that shares its stadium with a baseball team. The Athletics recently signed a 10-year lease to remain in Oakland. But that agreement includes a provision to allow the Raiders to knock down the Coliseum for a new football stadium.

The Raiders left Oakland once before when they moved to Los Angeles following the 1981 season. Late owner Al Davis brought the team back in 1995.

Raiders officials also attended a college football game earlier this year at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio to determine if it was suitable as a temporary home if they decided to move there.

Los Angeles is the only city Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen ever knew while he was with the Oakland Raiders franchise.

And now the organization’s all-time leader in rushing yards thinks it’s time for a move back to Los Angeles after surveying possible locations for a stadium, locations which don’t include their old stomping grounds, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

“I know people in Oakland won’t like this,” Allen told  NBC Sports Network, viaESPN, over the weekend. “I think it’s a viable option. … We can’t have them back at the [Los Angeles Memorial] Coliseum; the Coliseum is now USC’s home. … But there’s some locations there that I know I’ve talked to a few owners [about] and I know that they’ve liked. I can’t divulge my sources, though.”

Allen was drafted by the Raiders in 1982, months before the organization played in L.A. following their move from Oakland, and entertained fans in southern California for 11 seasons before moving to the Kansas City Chiefs to finish his career.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell raised the possibility last week of the Raiders sharing the San Francisco 49’ers’ new stadium, Levi’s Stadium, as the teams continues search for long-term solutions with regards to their future home.

But, like Raiders owner Mark Davis, Allen is not interested in a situation similar to that of the New York Giants and New York Jets.

“That’s not the Raiders,” Allen said. “The Raiders don’t share things. … I don’t think Al (Davis) would like it, I can say that right now. He wouldn’t be happy at all because to him, it’s the Raiders and 31 other teams.”

To Allen, Los Angeles is long overdue due for a franchise and almost feels like it’s an inevitability, whether it’s the Raiders, another franchise or an expansion team.

“I just think it’s ripe right now, being the second-largest market and being the entertainment capital of the world, it’s almost necessary to have a team there.

“And I think with the corporate support and the [Raiders] brand that has already been there, that’s been established, that has a huge following, I think it’s be a no-brainer.”