Elsewhere Near River City … West Sacramento hopes to become home to a minor league baseball team in little more than a year. The 12-year-old city is forming a Joint Powers Authority with Yolo and Sacramento counties to issue $40 million worth of taxable bonds to build a 10,000-seat baseball stadium near the Sacramento River. The new owner of the Oakland A's Triple-A franchise, now located in Vancouver, B.C., wants to play ball in West Sacramento in April 2000. Under the plan all three entities approved in February, Sacramento County will guarantee two-thirds of the annual $3.3 million bond payment with its motel bed tax revenues, explained Geoffrey Davey, Sacramento County chief financial officer. West Sacramento will pledge its general fund, and Yolo County will pledge its property tax increment from area development. Stadium revenues will pay off the 30-year notes. The team must average 3,500 fans for each of its 71 annual home games to generate enough money to retire the debt, according to a West Sacramento analysis. West Sacramento also intends to form a Mello-Roos District to issue $8.5 million worth of bonds for infrastructure near the stadium and spend another $1.5 million of city funds on similar needs. "Economically, it doesn't mean a whole lot," West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon said of the baseball stadium. "There are some very localized impacts that we expect to see within a few blocks of the stadium. For us, it's a quality of life issue. It's a good, quality, family-oriented entertainment asset." Sacramento County Supervisor Roger Dickinson agreed the desire to add a regional entertainment attraction is driving the deal. However, the chance for three jurisdictions to work together is enticing because regional cooperation is needed to address tougher issues, such as flood control, air pollution, traffic congestion and economic development, he said. Significantly absent from the deal is the city of Sacramento. The city for more than 10 years has pursued a big-league baseball or football stadium next to Arco Arena, in the north end of town.