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Proposed League Secures Letter From Merced

October 07, 1994|STEVE ELLING | TIMES STAFF WRITER

NORTHRIDGE — The Golden State Baseball League landed another letter of intent from a California city Thursday, bringing the league to within one of its stated goal before proceeding with its plans to open play next summer.

Merced, located north of Fresno, became the third city in the past week--and the fifth overall--to open formal negotiations with the proposed minor league, organized by Chatsworth investment banker Bob Weinstein.

Merced joins Brawley, Indio, Paso Robles and Palmdale as cities that have agreed to pursue the details of league membership.

The league will operate as an independent, without financial support from major league organizations. The league plans to own and operate each of the teams, as well as build $5 million stadiums in each city.

One term of the league's preliminary agreement with the host cities is that Weinstein must line up six teams. He also is courting Vista, located north of San Diego.

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