Report: Selig, blue-ribbon committee secretly meet with East Bay officials

August 5, 2012, 8:44 pm
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With a wrench possibly tossed into plans for a San Jose ballpark, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and hisblue-ribbon committee secretly met in Oaklandwith East Bay officials Wednesday, according tothe San Francisco Chronicle.The blue-ribbon committee, appointed three years ago tostudy the As ballpark situation and plans to keep the team in the Oakland area,met with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, City Administrator Deanna Santana, CityCouncil President Larry Reid, Alameda County Board of Supervisors PresidentNate Miley and County Administrator Susan Muranishi, as well as severalboosters for a new As ballpark, the Chronicle reported.The group discussed the possibility of a new waterfrontballpark for the As, likely at the Port of Oaklands HowardTerminal. Quan, who was recently appointed to the Port Commission, could pushthe commission to sell the land for 40 million to allow for a new stadium tobe built.The blue-ribbon committee met with San Jose officials Tuesday, after state ControllerJohn Chiang ordered auditors to investigate if the San Jose RedevelopmentAgency purchased land in violation of an order from Gov. Jerry Brown todisband redevelopment agencies. The land in question had been optioned to the A's for a new ballpark.
The San Jose Redevelopment Agency transferred the ballpark property to acity-run agency in advance of the passing of legislation eliminatingredevelopment agencies, but Chiang ordered all local governments who receivedland in such deals to immediately reverse the transfer, according to theWall Street Journal.If the auditors Chiang sent determine the San JoseRedevelopment Agency acted improperly, San Jose could be forced to sell theland to the highest bidder, potentially scrapping plans for a new As ballpark.The blue-ribbon committees meeting with East Bayofficials highlights attempts to counter As managing partner Lew Wolffstatements that there are no viable options for a new stadium in Oakland.In a 2010 letter to As fans, Wolff wrote, We believe wehave exhausted the venue options suggested in Oaklandand several other Oaklandoptions we explored on our own.If Oakland can presenta practical proposal for a waterfront ballpark, it could force Wolff to accepta plan to keep the As in Oaklandor face pressure to sell the team to someone willing to do so.

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