Tuesday, March 10, 2009

"A's to San Jose Study Group" names co-chairs

Just received a news release from the "A's to San Jose Study Group," announcing two newly appointed co-chairs:

Former San Jose Mayor Susan Hammer
San Jose Businessman Michael Mulcahy

This is huge news! Hammer has long been an advocate of bringing MLB to San Jose, she is well respected and she has the past experience of dealing with MLB. Having Hammer join with this newly formed group of community and business leaders is clearly a step in the right direction, and sends a strong message to MLB that San Jose is ready for the big league.

Mulcahy is a strong community and business leader who has amazing leadership and organizational skills, on top of having a great singing voice (maybe he should be nominated to sing at our first opening day). Having worked with Mulcahy before, I can tell you first hand that he is one of the nicest, smartest and hardest working individual you will ever have the pleasure of meeting.

In case you were wondering, the "A's to San Jose Study Group" is an organization focused on keeping the public and city hall informed and up to date on the actions of our local "movers and shakers" who want to bring MLB to San Jose. This group is also working on raising money for polling as well as reaching out to our public and private leaders.

From the press release:
For the past month, an ad hoc group of community leaders and elected officials have convened to discuss the political feasibility of bringing the Oakland Athletics Major League Baseball team to San Jose. Among others, the group has been comprised of County Supervisor Dave Cortese, County Assessor Larry Stone, businessman Bill Baron, attorneys Dave Robeson and Sam Chuck, along with representatives of Mayor Chuck Reed’s office and members of the City Council.
Today's news is also important as it sends a very strong message to MLB that San Jose is not only serious about the A's, we have the leadership in place to make this happen.

So, stay tuned to this blog for more updates and breaking news, as soon as I learn anything else so will you.

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Play ball San Jose.


  1. I'm all for stadium in San Jose but my concern is with the noise from concerts, Monster Truck Rallies, Super Cross etc. How are we going to build a stadium near residential areas without impacting those neighborhoods? I recommend a re-tractable dome for noisy events and for rainy days.

  2. Why do the truly independent sources who study these things and who are completely disassociated from the economic gains of land development or stadium operations CONSISTANTLY refute the notion that the surrounding communities receive any positive economic benefit from a ballpark???? I’ll say it again – those who don’t gain or lose from a ballpark state over and over that communities do not benefit economically from a ballpark.

    Here's one source -


    THe one important takeaway (and quote) if you have no more time to read all of the report is - "An ever-increasing body of literature overwhelmingly declares such investments to be ineffective at creating jobs or boosting local economies. . . "

    Here's another one to read -


    and another critical summary - "The vast consensus of independent studies by economists (not those "economic impact" statements produced by proponents which amount to cheerleading documents) shows that sports teams and stadiums have no appreciable economy-wide positive economic impact."

    So wake up taxpayers - - - - - get your own facts before you vote to bring a ballpark to your neighborhood.


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