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A’s Fans Make Case For Oakland Waterfront Stadium

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Fans of the Oakland Athletics hold signs against the move to San Jose during a MLB game at the Oakland Coliseum on September 26, 2010. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Fans of the Oakland Athletics hold signs against the move to San Jose during a MLB game at the Oakland Coliseum on September 26, 2010. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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OAKLAND (KCBS) — Baseball fans made their case to city officials Wednesday night for keeping the A’s in Oakland, as Major League Baseball mulls whether the team should build here along the Embarcadero or in San Jose.

The Planning Commission is accepting comments in writing through Dec. 9 on what environmental impacts should be considered if a 20-acre site on Oak Street gets developed.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

Impassioned pleas from those in green and gold that the team belongs in the city were aired alongside sober requests to study how a 39,000-seat stadium on the waterfront would impact traffic at Jack London Square and the health of the Oakland Estuary.

The new stadium complex could include both housing and retail space. The sentiment at a public comment session Wednesday was that the development would enhance what Jack London Square already offers.

The decision on whether the team builds in Oakland or in the South Bay, where the San Francisco Giants now hold territorial rights, ultimately rests with Major League Baseball.

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