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San Jose City Council Members Want To Discuss
How To Best Proceed In Stadium Talks With A's
In San Jose, Denis Theriault notes San Jose City Council members Nora Campos, Rose Herrera and Nancy Pyle "want the full council to schedule a discussion March 24 on how best to proceed in stadium talks with the A's" and MLB. In a memo to be taken up next week by the City Council's agenda-setting Rules and Open Government Committee, Campos, Herrera and Pyle recommend "immediately commissioning a citywide poll to gauge public support for a stadium, with the results to be made public within 45 days" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 2/27).

SLOT BATTLE: In Baltimore, Gadi Dechter notes Laurel Park Owner Magna Entertainment Corp. (MEC) is "trying to revive their disqualified bid for slot machines with a last-ditch constitutional claim," but Maryland attorneys Thursday in court argued that "'market conditions' rather than a legal flaw led to the defective application." Laurel Park had been disqualified this month after MEC "failed to submit $28.5[M] in required slots-application fees." Laurel Park attorneys are suing the state, "claiming that the failure to pay was appropriate because the fees are technically not refundable and that the entire bidding process constitutes an illegal 'forfeiture of property' prohibited by the Maryland Constitution" (Baltimore SUN, 2/27).

NARROWING THE CHOICES: In Florida, Glenn Miller notes a list of nine sites for the new Red Sox Spring Training facility "was trimmed to four Thursday by a panel" of Lee County (FL) and Red Sox officials. Lee County commissioners "will begin negotiations" on March 17; the date for the final decision hasn't been set (Ft. Myers NEWS-PRESS, 2/27). In Boston, Sean McAdam notes one site is in Ft. Myers proper, while the other sites "are in unincorporated land owned by Lee County." The Red Sox "plan to select a site by mid-April, with a groundbreaking expected in the first quarter" of '10. The complex, "which will be built in the South Fort Myers area, is slated to open" in February '12 (BOSTON HERALD, 2/27).

POSSIBLE SITE: Toronto Mayor David Miller said that a decommissioned Hearn power plant is the city's "top site to build a long-overdue, four-pad arena to anchor a planned sports complex on the eastern portlands." In Toronto, Mary Ormsby reports the NLL Toronto Rock "are one of several potential private partners recruited by the city who are keen to invest in and use a new arena." But the city "must acquire the property from the province, since it's owned by Ontario Power Generation" (TORONTO STAR, 2/27).

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