Oakland Mayor Jean Quan says she and other city officials still want to keep the A's baseball team in Oakland even though the team has expressed interest in moving to San Jose.
Quan said at a news conference at City Hall on Friday that the city is looking at two proposals for new stadiums aimed at keeping the A's in Oakland, which has been its home since 1968.
One proposal, which has been under discussion for several years, is for a 39,000-seat baseball stadium to be built a few blocks south of Jack London Square in an area known as Victory Square.
The site is bounded by Oak Street to the west, Embarcadero to the south, Lake Merritt Channel to the east and Interstate Highway 880 to the north.
Quan said the second proposal is to build a new baseball-only stadium in the area where the O.co Coliseum hosts both the A's and the Oakland Raiders football team.
City Council President Larry Reid said the proposed new stadium would be part of a new "Coliseum City" complex that would also include movie theaters, restaurants, entertainment venues and housing.
He said it would be similar to L.A. Live, an entertainment complex adjacent to the Staples Center, which is the home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers basketball teams and the Los Angeles Kings hockey team.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to build a new baseball stadium, but obviously the A's future is up to Major League Baseball," Reid said.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig appointed a committee in March 2009 to study whether the team should stay in Oakland or move to San Jose or Fremont, but more than two and a half years later the committee is still studying the issue and has not made any recommendations.
Quan sent a letter to Selig on Friday saying she wants to make "unequivocally clear" that city leaders, the business community and A's fans "fully support the Oakland A's remaining in Oakland."
Quan told Selig, "We believe we have the only sites that can be delivered by 2014."
The mayor said, "My advocacy for keeping the A's is not about baseball or a particular sports franchise, it is about doing what is best for the city."
Quan said, "I am convinced Oakland has the best weather, transportation, fan base and sites available to MLB."
Reid said six firms have responded to the city's request for proposals to develop the proposed Coliseum City project.
He said Assistant City Administrator Fred Blackwell will analyze the proposals later this month and present his recommendation to the City
Council in January.
Reid and Blackwell both downplayed reports that the owners of the Oakland-based Golden State Warriors basketball team, Joe Lacob and Peter
Guber, met with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on Wednesday to talk about building a new basketball arena in San Francisco.
Blackwell said Lacob and Guber also met with Quan this week and told her they believe it is their responsibility to explore all options for building a new arena.
Blackwell said Lacob and Guber have not said they will not stay in Oakland.
Reid said, "We're hoping we can keep the Warriors" by developing the proposed Coliseum City complex so that it can accommodate new arena for the Warriors as well as a new baseball-only stadium for the A's and a new football-only stadium for the Raiders.
"It can truly be something special for all the sports franchises," said Reid, who represents the area where the complex is located.