Memo to Baseball Commisioner Bud Selig: Face it. Downtown San Jose is the best location for a new stadium for the A's — for the good of the team, the economics of Major League Baseball and the prosperity of Silicon Valley.
Selig is reportedly expecting an update this week from his committee analyzing alternatives for the team. We don't know what it will say. But cutting through major league politics and the specious claim that San Francisco has a God-given right to the South Bay market, it's clear that the best location for the A's is San Jose. And Selig can make that happen.
Oakland has repeatedly swung and missed at its chance to keep the A's. Owner Lew Wolff spent a year trying to plan a stadium in Fremont but was swamped with opposition at the end, and there's no reason to think a new proposal to look at the NUMMI plant site in Fremont would end any differently. But even if other cities hadn't struck out, San Jose would be the best location.Read the full editorial here.
We are still waiting on word from Commissioner Selig's blue ribbon panel. Recommendations are said to be due this week. In the meantime, you can now peruse the City of San Jose's newly released Baseball Stadium Supplemental Environmental Impact Report.
Finally, Mayor Reed's 2010 Community Breakfast & State of the City Address is this Thursday morning at the McEnery Convention Center. Just announced to introduce the Mayor: Lew Wolff.
Event details can be found here.