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San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed Discusses City's Efforts To Attract A's

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed Says City Would
Like To See A's Come To San Jose
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed appeared on CSN Bay Area's "Chronicle Live" Monday to discuss his city's efforts to "free San Jose from the territorial restrictions imposed a long time ago to put San Jose into the Giants' territory," allowing the city to pursue the A's. Reed: "We'd like to see the A's come to San Jose and other cities would as well." Reed said city officials are "taking a public stand in support of trying to let San Jose make some sort of an arrangement," which is why city officials in April sent a letter to MLB Commissioner Bud Selig detailing their desire to host the A's. Reed: "We're not trying to get into the middle of the discussion within (MLB), so we're not trying to negotiate with the Giants. That really is a job for the ownership of the A's.  ... We're going to let that play out." Reed: "We're working to be prepared so that when we get the sign from (MLB), we're ready to go." However, S.F. Chronicle columnist Ray Ratto noted there are a "number of owners who are not convinced even now that San Jose is a better place to have a (MLB) team than Oakland." But Ratto said if the A's "can get a shovel in the ground, the deal is done, and the only question is whether the Giants want to go to court and turn this into a bloodbath or whether they'll take the quiet check that baseball would like to give them to make the problem go away." San Jose Mercury News columnist Mark Purdy: "There's a way to settle this. It's money." Meanwhile, when asked about the 49ers' efforts to build a new stadium in Santa Clara, which could appear on the same ballot as an A's initiative, Reed said, "Whether or not it would be good to have a baseball measure on in San Jose and a football measure on in Santa Clara, we'll have to do some political analysis to figure out when is the best time to do that. Personally, I think that the best possible time for an election would be in November of 2010" ("Chronicle Live," CSN Bay Area, 6/29).

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