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San Jose land deal for potential new A’s ballpark being investigated

Aug 31, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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Via Ballpark Digest, we learn that someone thinks that the land transferred by the city of San Jose for potential use for an A’s ballpark was illegal:

The transfer of land destined for a new San Jose ballpark is officially being reviewed by California Controller John Chiang to determine whether it was done legally. California municipalities were warned in early 2011 that assets of city and county redevelopment agencies would be transferred to the state in order to balance the budget. For the most part, that indeed happened … but San Jose created a separate Diridon Development Authority and transferred the land there.

If this is found to have violated the 2011 order, the land would have to be returned to the state, rendering it ineligible to be used for a ballpark.

Eh, call me cynical, but I think this is the best sign that the A’s may move there we’ve seen in years.  I mean, when was the last time one of these ballpark schemes were accomplished without questionable nonsense going on? This just shows they’re serious, right?

  1. APBA Guy - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    No way to predict how this will turn out, as this is an internal administrative review in Sacramento and San Jose, and I’ve seen nothing about this on Ramses’ page yet.

    Oakland City officials did have a “rally” for Oakland earlier this week, which attracted 11 corporate entities, not all of whom have made a profit. Compare this to the 75 companies that sent Selig a letter supporting the A’s attempt to move to SJ. Those companies are worth $ 3 trillion a year. That pretty much summarizes why the A’s prefer San Jose. And also why San Jose would like to have the A’s.

    • blabidibla - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      And why the Giants don’t want it to happen.

      • APBA Guy - Aug 31, 2012 at 5:04 PM


  2. vanmorrissey - Aug 31, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Looks like they found a loophole. San Diego under the Moorad ‘ownership’ had tried to get a local community, Escondido, to host the Padres AAA club until that 2011 edict made it impossible. Would have made the travel to/from a virtual taxi drive.

  3. giantssb42champs - Aug 31, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Field of schemes.

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