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City officials say Granite Park’s improper insurance poses pricey liability for taxpayers

FRESNO, California (KFSN) – This is the current insurance policy for the Granite Park Sports Complex in Central Fresno, which hosts races, children’s sports and special events that include alcohol. What you will not see included in the document is the liability protection for the city of Fresno.

Council members Karbassi and Bredefeld say it is one of the ways in which Terance Frazier, president of the Central Valley Community Sports Foundation, which manages Granite Park, is violating the lease agreement with the city.

In addition to the inability to pay utility bills, Frazier is engaged to board member Esmeralda Soria.

Although she has distanced herself from Granite Park issues, Bredefeld and Karbassi say the relationship is why the council has not taken action against Frazier.

“They never let anyone have insurance to protect taxpayers,” Brentefeld said. “Never. Never just here. I wonder why?”

Mayor Jerry Dyer and City Manager Georgeanne White say Frazier changed insurance policies a year ago. For months, the city attorney kept Frazier aware that the current policy did not cover the city, which is * required in the Granite Park lease agreement.

“There are baseball bats, balls, little kids, drinks,” White said. “The issue is not whether, but when and the exposure of the city to this kind of responsibility keeps me awake at night.”

Dyer says only the council has the power to evict a tenant from city ownership.

“If this authority had really been in my administration, this action would have already been taken,” Dyer said.

Frazier confirmed to Action News that he realized that the insurance policy was insufficient months ago.

“What I tried to do was find someone who would give me the security the city wants, so it’s not that I’m not trying,” he said.

The park has been left behind with over $ 100,000 in utility payments, much of which has been intervened and covered by the city. Frazier says this is because the $ 150,000 the city is contributing to the park is not enough funding.

Frazier sued Fresno city officials in 2020 for racist treatment after taking control of Granite Park, which he says damaged his reputation and cost him millions.

“I have no idea why they are chasing us so hard apart from political motives,” he said.

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