So let's go over why Mayor Quan thinks Oakland is in a better position than San Jose to build a stadium for the Athletics, and then of course where we think she's wrong.
1) "You have to remember that its Major League Baseball that decides where teams go and the Giants as far as I know are not at all in the mood to cede the South Bay territory".
Mayor Quan is in fact correct that Major League Baseball makes the final decision, but let's be clear that the Giants are only one of thirty teams in the league. In order to remove these rights and thus allow the Athletics to move, it would require a 3/4 vote of these teams or 23 (actually 22.5, but we'll just round up) to approve. The Giants therefore only account for one of the eight needed to deny a move.
2) "The San Jose redevelopment district is pretty much out of money. Mine actually is fairly well funded, if the governor doesn't take those funds".
While Oakland might be flush in redevelopment funds, Mayor Quan says it herself "if the governor doesn't take those funds". In San Jose most of the land needed has been purchased and they have plans to purchase the last few pieces to complete the proposed site. Oakland on the other hand has just now started the EIR process. So if the governor does successfully take redevelopment funds, San Jose will be just fine.
3) "Oakland is very well poised, and we have a big collaboration between private and public leaders in the city to keep the A’s in town".
How to respond. Oh, wait...
SVLG--MLB Commissioner Stadium Letter 9-8-10
(Interview begins at the 31 minute mark and the Athletics question at 45:30)