The City Council is scheduled to consider a lease extension for the Oakland A's at a special meeting 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Councilmembers Larry Reid, Rebecca Kaplan and Noel Gallo, all of whom support the lease deal, requested the meeting one day after Mayor Jean Quan urged council members to ratify the deal.
The meeting will give the council its first chance to publicly discuss the lease deal and ask questions of representatives of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority, which negotiated terms with the A's and approved the lease last week.
"We need to bring the lease agreement before the full council to see if the votes are there to approve it and put this issue behind us," Reid said. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on the lease during its July 29 meeting.
The council will discuss the lease again in private on Tuesday. Interim City Administrator Henry Gardner is scheduled to meet with A's officials this Friday, council members said.
Several council members have said that the lease, which could keep the A's in Oakland through 2024, doesn't extract enough monetary concessions from the team. Opposition to the deal appears to have lessened this week following a warning from Major League Baseball officials that if the lease extension is not approved, the A's would be authorized to leave Oakland. Supporters of the lease deal say it could help lay the groundwork for the A's to reconsider Oakland as a potential site for a new ballpark.