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BAY AREA WARRIORS: DO THEY KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE?
Published October 25, 1995
San Jose Mayor Susan Hammer called off a plan to hold two hearings and have a city council vote on her $43.5M plan to bring the Warriors to San Jose Arena by early next week, according to this morning's SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. Hammer also expressed "displeasure" over the pace of talks between the Warriors and Sharks on reaching a deal to share the Arena. The Warriors have said they needed a decision by October 31, or they could be required to have exclusive negotiating rights with Oakland (Mary Anne Ostrom, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 10/25). In Oakland, Robert Salladay reports that San Jose's delay could give Oakland "an important bargaining tool" in their dealings with the team. Oakland officials said yesterday they will wait until October 31 before deciding on an extension of the Warriors' lease at the Oakland Coliseum. The Warriors would want an extra month or two to negotiate without having to commit to Oakland for '96-97. Oakland officials could grant an extension in exchange for an exclusive negotiating agreement, "which would effectively shut San Jose out until Oakland has completed its deal" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 10/25).