As we've known for the past several years, the Oakland Athletics need a new ballpark and have been trying -- without success -- to get MLB to allow them to move to San Jose. The latest wrinkle in the saga is a plan that would keep them in Oakland.

The good news: There's a new stadium proposal for the A's at a site in Oakland, meaning all the hurdles of clearing any move through Major League Baseball would be totally unnecessary.

The bad news: A's owner Lew Wolff doesn't want to do it.

A group in the Oakland area has put together a proposal for a $500 million stadium that would be on the waterfront in Port of Oakland's Howard Terminal. Here's a depiction of the plan, via MANICA Architecture:

A beauty, no? A beautiful, yet impossible, dream, according to Wolff. From sfgate.com:

To call Wolff skeptical of the Howard Terminal idea, however, would be an understatement. "It would be easier to build on Treasure Island," he told us.

"All I care about is getting a new home for the A's in the best possible circumstances -- and under any circumstances, Howard Terminal would be as close to impossible as anything," Wolff said.