City leaders: No league ‘takeover’ planned



The San Benito Youth Baseball/Softball League appears to be alive after a tumultuous year. Shown is Frank Garza, league president, at a previous event. (File photo)

The San Benito City Commission took no action Tuesday in the matter of the San Benito Youth Baseball/Softball League (SBYBSL) and the use of Stookey Park.

During last night’s regular city commission meeting, officials questioned different aspects of the league’s attempts to reorganize following a tumultuous year that saw its president resign and a number of board members who, according to current league officers, have not maintained participation.

The matter was confounded when an email from the City of San Benito Parks and Recreation Director, Alisha Milligan, was sent earlier this year to members of the said body explaining intentions to operate its own youth league in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Club of San Benito. Several former SBYBSL officers, including Peter Avila, the former president who stepped down in 2010, cited as much occurring as a result of a lack of volunteerism and participation in the youth league’s current structure. This coupled with the city’s plans to charge up to $250 for the use of Stookey Park, the home of the SBYBSL, put the league’s future into question.

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