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State controller orders San Jose to return ballpark land


The saga continues...

San Jose's years-long quest to move the Oakland A's to a stadium in downtown San Jose hit an anticipated major road block Thursday after state Controller John Chiang ruled the city's transfer of assets in 2011 from its then-redevelopment agency to the city for safekeeping -- including seven parcels in the Diridon Station area slated for a ballpark -- is illegal.

http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_22840291/state-controller-orders-san-jose-return-ballpark-land

The end of the article cites some old quotes from last year from a couple santa clara county supervisors indicating they may have a work-around solution to this. I would like to hear some updated statements from the politicians on this. Last I heard from them on this issue was SJ city council member Sam Liccardo threatening an anti-trust suit.

Marine Layer has more, including Mayor Reed's response:

http://newballpark.org/2013/03/21/state-rolls-back-ballpark-land-transfer/

As this gets more drawn out I'm starting to re-think my long-held position in favor of the SJ ballpark. By the time a hypothetical A's stadium in SJ gets built, San Jose's pro sports market will already be pretty over-saturated between the Sharks, 49ers, and new Earthquakes stadium opening next year. I'm not sure how much untapped sports entertainment money there will be down there for the A's by that point.

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