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City to discuss lawsuit, property deal behind closed doors

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July 30, 2014 |

SUISUN CITY — City officials will wrestle Tuesday with a pair of property issues behind closed doors, one linked to redevelopment and a lawsuit, the other a potential land sale.

Main Street West Partners LLC filed suit in February in Solano County against the Successor Agency of the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Suisun City and the California Department of Finance. The case was transferred in late May to Sacramento County.

Members of the City Council serve as the Successor Agency’s board.

The Successor Agency is charged with unwinding the city’s former redevelopment agency after redevelopment was eliminated across the state in February 2012. The elimination the redevelopment requires successor agencies to sell most former redevelopment properties under plans approved by the state Department of Finance.

Main Street West Partners joined with the city to redevelop the now-revitalized waterfront in Suisun City.

Negotiators for the city and Pacific Infinity/Cepeda Baseball are also scheduled to discuss real property terms and payment for approximately 79 acres located at 4489 and 4493 Peterson Road.

State law allows for matters such as these to be discussed behind closed doors. The law requires that any action taken in closed session be reported to the public in open session.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the council chamber at City Hall, 701 Civic Center Blvd.

Reach Glen Faison at 427-6925 or gfaison@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GlenFaison.

Glen Faison

Glen Faison

Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He has worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid Washington Redskins fan, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.
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  • Anne WaltersJuly 29, 2014 - 11:22 am

    So, Suisun is selling a public sports park? Why isn't anyone concerned about this? We'll never get the property back once sold. I guess fellow residents feel they'd rather have the cash frittered away on the city manager's salary than a park where their own kids play ball. Sad that no one is paying attention.

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  • B. ThiemerJuly 29, 2014 - 11:57 am

    If the city is selling official park land, then by state law, the money must be used to purchase similar park land; they can not bank the money in the general fund.

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  • Mr. PracticalJuly 29, 2014 - 8:37 pm

    The property is currently a private driving range. Selling it to Cepeda's group will be a huge upgrade.

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  • Good job Suisun and the Cepeda familyJuly 29, 2014 - 10:42 pm

    Thankfully the city and Cepeda Sports wasn't using the (wanna be) lawyers in the previous comments as their advisors. What a quality add for the community as a whole.

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  • believe me I knowJuly 29, 2014 - 10:57 pm

    No it won't be better. These fields are a golfd mine for the city. They just need to know what they are sitting on. The city is awestruck over a name.

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