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San Jose’s Plans For A’s Ballpark Measure Put On Hold

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SAN JOSE (KCBS) – The city of San Jose was hoping to get an A’s ballpark measure on the March ballot, but those plans have been put on hold for the time being.

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said the issue is unlikely to make the March 8th ballot  because Major League Baseball has yet to decide whether the A’s can move.

The A’s need the MLB’s approval for relocation because the San Francisco Giants hold territorial rights to the San Jose area.

The city also has yet to reach an agreement with A’s owner Lew Wolff on a stadium, which would be needed to craft ballot language.

“We can’t move ahead because even though Lew Wolff is committed to moving to San Jose and we have a site, we can’t negotiate with Lew Wolff about terms of a deal until Major League Baseball gives him the approval to do that,” Reed said. “We can’t tie down the details until MLB says go ahead.”

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

Mayor Reed said so far, he’s been unable to get a personal meeting with Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.

“I want to go in and let him know that we’re ready to go. That if he has any concerns, I can address them directly,” he said. “We’ve been unable to get that meeting set with the commissioner. We ask every week if he’s ready to meet and so far, he’s not been willing to meet with me.”

A spokesman for the MLB declined to comment on when Commissioner Bud Selig will receive a report from a committee looking into the possible move.

San Jose officials say they’re now looking to April, May or June for a possible ballot measure.

Meanwhile, the Oakland Planning Commission is starting discussions on their own ballpark plans.

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