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Phil Tagami is Not Backing Down

As Oakland appeals a court ruling in favor of the coal terminal developer, he critiques the city's political culture.

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"We're going to see this through," he said, noting that his company has so far spent $13 million fighting the city in court. "We've planned for a long, cold winter."

Tagami declined to speculate about a rough dollar figure in damages the city would have to pay him.

Yet McConnell was not so hesitant. "Put it this way," he said. "I think Oakland could become Tagami-ville."

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