For those who may be interested, all related Court Briefs can be found under the Legal Documents tab on this website.
As you will readily see, APNA’s case focuses on the following issues:
1. The City’s evidence in support of allowing Centerfield Partners, LLC to bring professional baseball to Albert Park, by declaring a CEQA Class 23 Categorical Exemption, relies in great part on the false representation to the Public and to the Court that the Albert Park stadium and ball field were “designed and constructed specifically to host professional baseball.”
2. The City’s “Staff Reports,” prepared by Ms. Carlene McCart, Community Services Director and endorsed by Ms. Nancy Mackle, City Manager, in support of any historical use of the Albert Park facilities for professional baseball have been shown, through their own Staff Reports, to be filled with many pronouncements to this effect, yet void of any substantive supporting data.
Centerfield’s CEO, Brian Clark, admits that the baseball stadium and field are not presently capable of hosting “AA” level minor league games. (See Final APNA Brief dated February 17, 2012)
3. The City’s abuse of its discretionary authority by accepting, without question, the unsubstantiated Staff Reports while ignoring the residents’ concerns regarding the environmental impacts associated with noise pollution, traffic congestion, parking, alcohol, safety/security, etc.
4. Jacob Albert’s 1937 Deed of the parkland to the City specifically prohibits the parkland’s use in the commercial manner intended by the City.