Here's what San Jose City Council members had to say about their unanimous decision to sue Major League Baseball to get the Oakland A's to move here.

Xavier Campos, Councilmember, District Five: "The Mayor and City Council want to send Major League Baseball a clear message that the future home for the Athletics is in San José. The new ballpark will draw more fans and generate additional revenues, and create jobs during the construction phase of the project as well as permanent jobs well into the future. It's a win for San José and it's a win for Major League Baseball."

Kansen Chu, Councilmember, District Four: "I am disappointed Major League Baseball has prevented the A's from moving to San José. Winning this lawsuit not only will provide a great economic impact for the City of San José but will also benefit Major League Baseball."

Rose Herrera, Councilmember, District 8: "This is the right step to take on behalf of our residents to get the baseball team that we deserve."

Ash Kalra, Councilmember, District 2: "Major League Baseball has given the city of San Jose no other option but to turn to the judicial system to have our concerns heard and this matter resolved. The lack of response from Major League Baseball has been extremely disrespectful to the efforts our city and community have made in creating an attractive environment for the Athletics, particularly since the team's ownership agrees that San Jose, the Capital of Silicon Valley, is the ideal location for their great organization."


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Johnny Khamis, Councilmember, District 10: "I supported filing the lawsuit against Major League Baseball today because San Jose deserves economic justice."

Sam Liccardo, Councilmember, District 3, "Our Downtown hotels, restaurants, shops, cafes, and clubs and their workers will benefit the tens of thousands of people attending each game at a Major League ballpark," said Councilmember Sam Liccardo, who represents the Downtown. "Independent experts put the total economic impact at $130 million a year. But the wait staff and cooks at our local restaurants can tell you about the real impact professional sports have on a large-city economy. When the Sharks play, Downtown is packed with patrons. We expect an even bigger impact with baseball."

Pierluigi Oliverio, Councilmember, District 6: "As the Councilmember representing the majority of the land where a future ballpark would be built, I support taking this action today. San Jose residents need resolution now. We have waited for four painful years, and the area surrounding the future stadium has languished due to years of indecision. In addition to Downtown, surrounding neighborhood business districts like The Alameda and West San Carlos will benefit from the economic revitalization that a major league ballpark will bring to the Diridon Station area."

Donald Rocha, Councilmember, District 9: "Today's legal action is hopefully the first step in a process which will bring the City, Major League Baseball, the Giants and the A's to the table. I firmly believe that there is an opportunity for a positive outcome for all parties, and for too long we've all been so focused on our own best interests that we haven't pursued that conversation."