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Oakland wants to use federal funds to help the A’s

Missed this the other day, but the excellent Field of Schemes blog reports that Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums has suggested using federal stimulus funds to help build a ballpark for the A’s:

The City of Oakland would not spend any public money on constructing a new ballpark in Jack London Square for the Oakland A’s, but would assemble land and provide infrastructure and parking for the stadium, Mayor Ron Dellums said at a City Hall press conference this afternoon. Dellums and city staffers said the city would use redevelopment funds to acquire property, and not the city’s debt-ridden general fund, and hoped to obtain more federal stimulus money for infrastructure if the project goes forward.

I agree with FoS’s view of this: great, in that putting people to work is what stimulus funds are designed to do, but man, you’d hope that such funds would be used for something a little more public, as opposed to building a playground for Lew Wolff and his real estate developer friends.

Probably no need to worry, though. I can’t see Oakland happening for the A’s. It’s going to be San Jose or bust.