Monday, March 9, 2009

Working together

The Mercury's editorial today was spot on, especially this part:
Major League Baseball needs to acknowledge that San Jose is the only practical option for the A's in the lucrative Bay Area market. Wolff has dealt with the city for decades. He has good relationships with Mayor Chuck Reed and downtown Councilman Sam Liccardo.
San Jose is clearly the best location for the A's, an even better site then their current home in Oakland. To achieve our dream of bringing MLB to San Jose we need to be a team and work together. Our team has many components, including elected officials, business leaders, supporters and residents who live near the proposed stadium location. And as things progress we will be called upon to take action by showing up for meetings, writing letters and more. Above all each part of our team needs to remain focused on the big picture: bringing MLB to San Jose.

And the Mercury hit home with this as well:
We believe San Jose residents would like having the A's play downtown. They've seen the Sharks and the arena enrich city life. And while some neighbors will fight a ballpark, others have moved downtown for a more urban experience. Condos near AT&T Park in San Francisco don't suffer from proximity to that great ball field.

The vote on the arena was very close, but today hardly anyone admits to having opposed it. The same would happen with a ballpark for the A's. But to win support, city leaders will need to work together. That's why the enthusiasm of both Reed and Campos, his political nemesis, is a very good sign.

You will be able to watch Rules Committee meeting online, here is the link, or you can attend in person, here are the details:

Rules & Open Government Committee
Wing Public Rooms Room 118+119
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Time:2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

I won't be able to attend in person, but will be watching online and blogging the meeting from home.

Finally please make sure to mark your calendars with the April 7th date, which may well be our first call to action. The meeting should be in the evening, and I will try to get something online that you can print out and bring with you to show support for BSJ.

Play ball San Jose.

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