Simi Valley officials discussed leasing land to the Ventura County Gulls this week and allowing the minor league baseball team to build a stadium in the city.
Bob Hunt, Simi Valley's assistant city manager, mailed Gull General Manager Jim Biby information on undeveloped city and park-owned land parcels that might be suitable for a stadium. Rick Fields, a Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District director, also spoke with Biby about moving the Gulls to Simi Valley.
"My gut feeling is that the park directors think this is a good idea," Fields said. "The first step is for the Gulls to make a formal request or proposal to the park board. They could build a stadium on land leased from either the parks or city for, say, $1 a year for 50 or 99 years." Hunt also expressed interest in making Simi Valley a permanent home for the Gulls.
"Simi Valley has a history of attracting industrial and commercial development," Hunt said. "A baseball team is unlike any business we've courted, but there would be a lot of community benefits."