A report that the Oakland Athletics will receive permission to move to San Jose by February is as yet unconfirmed.

Saturday morning USA Today’s Billy Dean tweeted: : “All signs and top MLB sources say that the Athletics will be granted permission by Feb to move to San Jose.”

KCBS spoke with  San Jose City Councilman Sam Liccarda who represents the downtown district where the new ball park would be built.  Liccarda could not confirm the report but said the subject of the A’s move will most certainly come up at the MLB’s winter meeting in January.

Liccarda, a big supporter of the project, added that San Jose is “putting all of our ducks in a row,” so as to be prepared whenever the move gets a green light.

MLB commissioner Bud Selig appointed a committee to research the A’s stadium options in March 2009, but there has been no public revelation of those findings.

Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane has also expressed optimism this winter that a decision will come soon.

Beane’s reasoning for his optimism has remained vague, but he did say on a media teleconference Friday night: “We just keep hearing (a decision will come) soon. Any other information I have I’d probably rather keep to myself.”

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