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San Jose Steps Up Legal Action To Lure Oakland A’s To The South Bay

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SAN JOSE (KCBS) — The City of San Jose is stepping up is effort to lure the Oakland A’s to Silicon Valley, by filing a court order seeking to identify the organizational structure of a group opposed to the move.

City Attorney Richard Doyle believes the group “Stand for San Jose” may be bankrolled by the San Francisco Giants, who are trying to block the A’s from moving to the South Bay. The Giants claim Santa Clara County as part of their territory.

The community group filed suit against the proposed ballpark in Downtown San Jose, alleging the environmental and traffic studies done on the site were flawed.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

“This is just a litigation tactic typical of someone who’s trying to kill a project, but we’re prepared to fight,” Mayor Chuck Reed said.

Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone, also a longtime local baseball booster, said he doesn’t need a court order to tell who the real players are.

“This is the Pillsbury Law Firm that’s doing this; a very expensive high-powered San Francisco law firm. I don’t think a group of individual San Jose residents can afford to buy the Pillsbury Law Firm,” Stone alleged.

Giants Spokeswoman Staci Slaughter said the team had no comment, honoring Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig’s request not to talk about the matter.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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