Oakland to host public meeting to discuss Raiders' future

Will they stay or will they go? Thursday night the NFL will hold a public town hall meeting in Oakland to hear input on the Oakland Raiders potential move to the Los Angeles area.

"I trust in the process that there's going to be positive dialogue," said Chris Dobbins of Save Oakland Sports. "But I guess the cynic in all of us would say that it's lip service."

The town hall is one of three held this week in St. Louis, San Diego and Oakland, where NFL teams are considering relocation.

"I think we're dreading the fact that we need to be there and the fact that we have an owner that said on one hand, 'Hey I want to stay in Oakland'" Dobbins said. "But then his actions have shown that he's spending money in Carson."

Carson is where the Raiders and Chargers would share a proposed new stadium. Wednesday night at an NFL town hall meeting in San Diego packed with more than 1,000 people, fans booed the attorney who is leading the effort to move their team to L.A.

Wednesday night at Oakland City Hall, Mayor Libby Schaaf gave her State of the City address. She talked about housing, public safety, education, and even the Golden State Warriors, but made no mention of the Oakland Raiders.

"We need to have the Raiders in the conversation." Oakland City Councilman said wearing a Raiders t-shirt. "It's going to require a magical moment," Gallo admitted. "We're not at the point of kissing and saying goodbye."

The town hall meeting is at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. It  starts at 7 p.m. Thursday and goes until 10 p.m. It's free, but the NFL required registration for passes to attend. 

KTVU.com will be streaming the meeting as well. You can watch it here.

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