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Trustees Reject Plan for Vigilantes Stadium

July 30, 1998|ROBERT OURLIAN

A proposal to renovate the stadium where the Vigilantes baseball team plays its home games was vetoed Wednesday by trustees of the South Orange County Community College District.

Meeting in closed session, trustees refused to approve a plan that would have raised about $3 million to remodel and expand the Saddleback College stadium so the minor league team could play its home schedule of about 50 games there.

The seven trustees did not divulge a breakdown of the vote, and none was available for comment after the session.

"Trustees decided, in the best interests of the college, students, programs and intercollegiate use of the facilities, to not pursue discussions of a long-term joint use agreement with the city," according to Pam Zanelli, district public affairs officer. Vigilantes team executives were unavailable for comment.

The stadium proposal would also have required approval of Mission Viejo City Council members, who have said they are tired of dealing with the college trustees on the issue.

The proposal would have used funds from the South Mission Viejo redevelopment agency to upgrade the Saddleback College stadium to 4,000 seats.

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