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PADRES LOOK TO MOVE FORWARD ON SITE AFTER TASK FORCE REPORT

          Following the release of the Padres Task Force on
     Ballpark Planning's report recommending the Centre City East
     downtown site for a new Padres ballpark, Owner John Moores
     said he is ending negotiations in Chula Vista and "wedding
     the club's fate to Centre City East," according to Bloom &
     Monteagudo of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE.  The task force
     also recommended the creation of a "ballpark district," a
     concept Moores "endorsed," estimated to cost "between" $200-
     $250M.  The S.D. City Council "is expected to take the task
     force recommendations, plus the results of negotiations
     between the city and the Padres, and craft an initiative for
     the ballot, "probably for November" (UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/30).
          REAX: Regarding the Centre City East site, UNION-
     TRIBUNE columnist Nick Canepa wrote, "Vote for it and build
     it," while an editorial said that the site recommendation
     "has considerable appeal" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/30).  

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