The proposed Oakland A’s move to San Jose hasn’t had much progress in over three years. But an interesting development occurred last week. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig’s three-person committee in charge of finding the best future home for the A’s reportedly met with city officials and business leaders in San Jose and Oakland.
These meetings surprisingly took place around the same time State Controller John Chiang came to San Jose to investigate if the city illegally moved $25 million dollars in property from its dismantled Redevelopment Agency to hold land for a new home for the A’s.
David Vossbrink, San Jose’s director of communications, tells San Jose Inside that four or five investigators from Chiang’s office have been in San Jose for the last month, combing through Redevelopment Agency records. A report from Chiang’s office is expected to be completed by September, Vossbrink said.
If Chiang and his auditors find any actions by San Jose were illegal, the city could be forced to sell its property, which could impede relocation by the A’s. San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed told the San Francisco Chronicle he’s not worried about that possibility and believes the A’s will still find a home in San Jose.
“We have looked at the statute very closely, and we are within our rights,” Reed told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Selig’s committee, which consists of Corey Busch, Irwin Raij and Bob Starkey, met with Reed, the mayor’s chief of staff Pete Furman, City Manager Debra Figone, Figone’s assistant city manager Ed Shikada, planning director Joe Horwedel and transportation director Hans Larson. Brad Ruskin, an attorney with anti-trust expertise, also reportedly attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, Oakland seems to think it still has a shot to retain the A’s with old ballpark sites being considered with renewed optimism.