Bogus Poll Shows Support for A’s Move to San Jose
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A new poll out of San Jose appears to show strong support for the Oakland A’s planned moved to the South Bay. But on closer reading, the wording of the poll indicates that it was designed to produce the results it got. According to the Mercury News, the poll shows that 62 percent of San Jose residents would favor giving the Oakland A’s public property for a new stadium as long as taxes aren’t raised. But the poll apparently didn’t inform respondents that San Jose will have to give the A’s more than just free land in the deal, thereby making the poll’s results highly questionable and punching a large hole in any claim that it proves that San Jose residents would vote in favor of the A’s moving to their city.
A’s co-owner Lew Wolff has made it clear that he wants the City of San Jose to also pay for infrastructure improvements needed for the stadium, which could amount to tens of millions of public dollars. Although the money likely would come from redevelopment funds and would not require a tax increase, the expenditure of huge amounts of public funds could render the deal much less palatable to San Jose voters — particularly if the A’s move encounters a well-financed opposition. And that likely will happen, because any move to San Jose will surely be opposed by the San Francisco Giants because they own the territorial rights to the South Bay.
The issue is key because a move to San Jose requires a vote of San Jose residents. Oakland, by contrast, also is proposing to give the A’s free land and pay for infrastructure improvements with redevelopment money, but such a move would not need a vote of city residents.
The San Jose poll also apparently failed to inform voters of the value of the public land that the city plans to give to the A’s. Reportedly, the total cost of acquiring the 14-acre property will amount to about $46 million in taxpayer funds.
So why didn’t the pollster ask a more realistic question? Such as, “Would you support giving the A’s public land that the city paid $46 million to acquire, plus spend tens of millions of dollars more in redevelopment funds for infrastructure needed for the team’s new stadium — as long as it does not include raising taxes?” The answer is obvious. Because they never would have gotten 62 percent of residents to say yes.
The poll was conducted by San Jose State University’s highly respected Survey and Policy Research Institute, but it was paid for by the Bay Area News Group, a division of the newspaper chain MediaNews, which owns the Mercury News, the Oakland Tribune, and the Contra Costa Times. And the newspaper chain also put together the slanted wording of the poll — not San Jose State. Which leads one to believe that the owners of Oakland’s hometown daily may not mind a bit if the A’s move to a city where it also owns a newspaper.
Boycott MLB if this happens!
NO WAY SAN JOSE!
I hate Mark Purdy:
Purdy has been an "a's to San José" booster for many years. I haven't even read this latest column because I doubt it contains anything new.
Purdy is a San Jose partisan and a shill for San Jose business interests including Lew Wolff. His attempts to place blame on Oakland for the desires and lust of a Santa Clara, and then San Jose business man, are pathetic. Wolff claims that he tried to build in Oakland at the same time that he was secretely attempting to secure rights to San Jose. That's a bold face lie and anyone who's been following this sorry saga knows it.
Wolff's latest reasoning for abandoning Oakland is that, "Oakland is too close to San Francisco," and according to Wolff's partner and "Oakland resident" Guy Saperstein, who attempted to denigrate Oakland's economy, Oakland is just a pathetic downtrodden city without any kind of economic hope. These weasels are truly reprehensible.
I suppose when Wolff was making his "sincere" attempts to build in Oakland, the city was farther away from San Francisco, and Oakland's economy was much more robust.
San Jose will never be a city with the charm, character, and natural beauty of Oakland, no matter how many teams they mange to steal from neighboring cities. I will not drive 45 miles to a landlocked ballpark next to a San Jose freeway in order to support Lew Wolff or that city economically. I will despise San Jose for stealing our Oakland Athlethics. I'll give up on MLB. I'll root against the "San Jose" A's every single time. I'll hope to see 10,000 fans per game in that new ballpark. And, I never thought I'd say this, but I'd hope San Francisco kicks the crap out of San Jose when they play.
HERE HERE to mroakland
I'm with oaklandsi...don't even bother reading Purdy, an uninformed ridiculous cheerleader.
Serious. It's funny how he keeps referring to himself as being "obnoxious" when it comes to moving the A's to San Jose, so he should just leave it at that...obnoxious.
San José Sharks are accusing the city of authoring a misleading report on the proposed ballpark:
Let's bring the Sharks to Oakland.
After reading the article, I'm optimistic that this is only the beginning of the end for Lew Wolff's hare brained obsession with San Jose. How long has this guy been trying to move out of Oakland? Instead of concentrating on catering to his customers and putting a winning and entertaining product on the field, he continually alienates his customers with his vagabond ways.
Come on Wolff, you thought that building a ballpark on the Coliseum parking lot was tough because of "overhead high power lines," wait until all the worms come crawling out of the can. It's not worth it. You're going to get grief from the Sharks, San Jose NIMBYs, Giant headaches, and Oakland lawsuits. Just sell baby. just sell.
What a way to punish San Jose...steal the Sharks away.
Welcome OAKLAND SHARKS!!! Has a nice ring towards it.
Indeed, I like it!
Does anybody notice that the Sharks have orange in their uniforms, and Gary Radnich on CSN California has a "Shark Byte" with JT Snow. Also, one of Sharks' sponsor is Hockey XSports in OAKLAND. Another thing, Mark Purdy is not a Bay Area native. I think he is from Indiana according what he mentioned during Chronicle Live once. A rebuttal to this argument would be Dave Newhouse, but Newhouse has wrote a column about his love for OAKLAND.