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An Open Letter from Mavericks Ownership

January 26, 2016 - California League (CalL) - High Desert Mavericks News Release

An Open Letter to Our Fans, Ticketholders, Sponsors and Residents of the High Desert community:

As many of you know, last week the Adelanto City Council, in an act that can be best described as nothing short of remarkable, voted to purportedly "void" the Mavericks' lease for Heritage Field.

We are writing you to let you know that we at the Mavericks do not agree with the position the City has taken. Our lease, which constitutes a binding legal contract, was negotiated by the City Manager of Adelanto, vetted by City personnel, recommended by both the City Attorney and the Mayor, and approved by the City's duly elected body, the City Council.

The City's argument, which is that the team "serves no public purpose," is undermined by the recitals agreed to by the City in the lease itself, which state that the City's lease agreement with the Mavericks "is mutually beneficial," and that "the team has become an integral part of the City and the region."

Over the past few weeks, the Mavericks have reached out to the City in an effort to resolve the City's concerns. The team is taking steps to enforce its rights under the lease. We have asked the City to engage in formal mediation to resolve the matter; should they decline, we will seek to have the lease's validity confirmed through a formal arbitration process, and we are confident that we will prevail.

The Mavericks fully expect to be playing baseball at Heritage Field for the 2016 season. We will get through this matter, though we ask for your patience in the interim. Thank you all for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you at Heritage Field for Opening Day and the start of our 26th season in the High Desert on Thursday, April 7.


Dave Heller & Jim Coufos

Owners, High Desert Mavericks

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