A committee formed by the commissioner of Major League Baseball to study the Oakland A's stadium dilemma met for the first time with Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums and other city officials Tuesday morning.
"It was an excellent meeting," Dellums said afterward. "We've begun an excellent dialogue. We've agreed to meet on a regular basis and our hope is that we will come to some fruition at some point down the line. ... Obviously, on our side, we want to keep the Oakland A's."
Commissioner Bud Selig formed the committee late last month after receiving a letter from Dellums and City Council president Jane Brunner, saying they were committed to developing a stadium for the team in Oakland and asking for help developing a ballpark strategy to keep the team here.
The team's lease at the Coliseum expires in 2010, and owner Lew Wolff is seeking to move the team elsewhere. A plan to move the A's to Fremont recently fell through.
MLB committee members Bob Starkey, Corey Busch and Irwin Raij — all experts in ballpark development — met for an hour and a half with Dellums, his chief of staff David Chai and councilmembers Larry Reid (Elmhurst-East Oakland) and Ignacio De La Fuente (Glenview-Fruitvale) to analyze the efforts made so far in crafting a stadium deal in Oakland and the feasibility of trying anew.
Dellums has not yet finalized the local A's stadium committee, said Paul Rose, the mayor's spokesman.