Advocate editorial board opinion: Details of group's ousting remain a mystery

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Oct. 26, 2011 at 5:26 a.m.

The exchange between the Friends of Victoria Baseball, who successfully refurbished and managed Riverside Stadium, and the city of Victoria, which discontinued the volunteers' efforts, remains an enigma.

We think details of why this baseball-loving volunteer group was let go - officially Sept. 15 - are still a mystery, especially because the city is incurring extra cost to take over management of the baseball stadium.

All we get is a "he said" back-and-forth tally that isn't always in agreement.

The city should be more forthcoming with the "why" the nonprofit Friends of Victoria Baseball were told its services are no longer needed at Riverside Stadium.

We feel we don't know enough to make a determination at this point because our efforts to learn have been thwarted. There has to be more to it, but city staff is balking at the questions, not only ours but the ones from the residents in Victoria who love baseball.

We know that Parks & Recreation Director Doug Cochran is reporting to the city council Tuesday. Will the details of this divorce between the city and the Friends of Baseball be revealed?

We and Victoria's residents hope to learn the details then.

The public should know and not be left to speculation on what happened. That speculation could be negative toward the city.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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