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San Jose’s effort to get the Athletics: one step forward, two steps back?

Jan 10, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

San Jose postcard

On Friday the San Jose Redevelopment Agency moved to sell five city-owned parcels of land, the proceeds for which would be used to buy land needed to build a downtown ballpark for the A’s.  The move would raise $25 million or so. The Agency has already spent about $25 million on getting the land together on which Lew Wolff wants to build a ballpark.

Only problem: new California Governor Jerry Brown — whose aura smiles and never frowns — may propose today that all municipal redevelopment agencies will be abolished in an effort to fix California’s massive budget problems.  This wouldn’t take land away from the city, of course, but it would take away the entities that handle such sales, so that would likely complicate everything. If that happened, normal government employees instead of real estate redevelopment experts would have to do all of this, and they can barely dress themselves in the morning. Or at least that’s what I hear on the talk radio.

In other news, it’s been nearly two years since Bud Selig appointed a commission to study the matter of the A’s moving to San Jose.  I expect that he’ll soon announce a second commission, the purpose of which is to go out and search for the first commission.

  1. jkcalhoun - Jan 10, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    It’s heartrending to think about what happened to the ballpark committee. Faulty equipment? Human error? Iceberg?

    All we have are the eerily prescient words of Bug Selig upon their fateful debarkation: “”The A’s cannot and will not continue indefinitely in their current situation.” I get chills.

  2. Old Gator - Jan 10, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    If the redevelopment agencies are abolished, San Jose should immediately send a delegation to Macondo to see how Scrooge McLoria, Bud Light and their troupe of Babbitt’s demons sought out and manipulated the most corrupt and impressionable among our Banana Republicans and got Macondo Banana Massacre Field built against the overwhelming wishes of the local population. It was nifty, and it proved it can be done.

    • jkcalhoun - Jan 10, 2011 at 12:02 PM

      They can just ask Selig’s Oakland ballpark committee (that is, if they can find them). Irwin P. Raij already knows.

      • Craig Calcaterra - Jan 10, 2011 at 12:04 PM

        Great find! You think he wouldn’t use that as a positive thing in his bio.

  3. apbaguy - Jan 10, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    First I’ve heard that any Local Gov entities will be abolished. Hard to do as part of a state reorg, though State funding could be withheld. I will send OG’s generous invitation to the Merc and see if they will send a team of ace reporters to Macondo for the needed insight.

  4. clydeserra - Jan 10, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    I am pretty sure the redevelopment people will be re-assigned to “regular government workers” so its really not that tragic.

  5. BC - Jan 10, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Maybe they should just punt the whole thing and move to Billings.

    • jkcalhoun - Jan 10, 2011 at 2:49 PM

      Or back to the land of their nativity, or perhaps nearby New Jersey.

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