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PADRES TASK FORCE SEES CENTRE CITY AS BEST SITE FOR BALLPARK

          After "months of consideration," the Padres Task Force
     on Ballpark Planning has designated Centre City East in
     downtown San Diego as "the prime site for a new baseball-
     only stadium," according to Barry Bloom of the SAN DIEGO
     UNION-TRIBUNE.  The committee's report is "expected to be
     approved by the 18-member citizens task force today."  The
     report "does not go into detail" about how to pay for the
     park, but recommends that no new sales or property tax money
     is used.  Padres President Larry Lucchino called the site
     selection a "giant step forward" in the process, and that
     the team is now "committed to building a ballpark on the
     Centre City East site" (Barry Bloom, UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/29).

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