The territory war between San Jose and the San Francisco Giants got a bit more heated Thursday, with the minor league Giants caught in the fray.
San Jose councilmembers Sam Liccardo and Pete Constant said in a memo that before the city spends $85,000 on maintenance for the San Jose Giants’ stadium, they would like to know how much Giants owners are spending to sue the city over land being saved for a potential move to San Jose by the Oakland A’s.
“It would seem minimally sensible to know whether we’re paying for the bullets with which we’re being shot,” the councilmembers’ memo says.
A proxy group called Stand For San Jose, which is supported by the Giants, is suing the city, claiming there was not a proper environmental review of the land where the A’s stadium would be built.
The councilmembers are not too happy about giving away money for drainage improvements, parking lot striping and concrete sealing at the Giants’ Municipal Stadium, especially when the club plans to “pay no more than $29,000 next year,” the memo says.
Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen doesn’t agree with the memo’s stated reluctance to give the team money. Nguyen suggested in a Mercury News report that the councilmembers should instead raise these concerns when the team begins its lease negotiations next year.