The Express says the Merc didn't tell respondents that taxpayers would have to pay more than $46 million to make improvements that A's owner Lew Wolff is demanding in order to move the team. The Express asks:
- 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% of residents to say yes.
- 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.