Tonight, Adelanto City Council members will be given an update by their legal counsel regarding the current status of the city’s dispute with the owners of the Mavericks baseball team over use and payment for the Stater Bros. Stadium in Adelanto. The dispute has been ongoing for nearly a year but took a new turn once the city changed its legal counsel. The update is scheduled for closed session only and what is discussed is not expected to be made public at this time.
With new legal counsel Curtis Wright guiding them, Adelanto City leaders are heading back to arbitration in the dispute. City leaders contend that the agreement made by the previous council, which included $1-per-year rental agreement, could be considered a gift of public funds.
The city and the team have been at odds since last year when current council members discovered that the city had spent almost $1.8 million maintaining the facility, including almost $500,000 for city staffing charges, another $229,688 for utilities, and $157,500 for cleaning expenses. Mayor Richard Kerr says the city had to take the action to protect the residents from these escalating costs.
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