Fresno lawmakers brace for Granite Park showdown after insurance dust
Following a heated media push in recent weeks by two Fresno City Council members, the entire panel will take a close look at the ongoing controversies surrounding its troubled east-central Fresno sports park and its operator, developer Terance Frazier.
Last week, Fresno City Council members Garry Bredefeld and Mike Karbassi claimed that Frazier — the head of the nonprofit Central Valley Community Sports Foundation (CVCSF) — was no longer in compliance with his contract. operation of the vast sports park along Highway 168.
On Monday morning, members of the Fresno City Council are set for a thorough review of its various Frazier-related controversies, coupled with a detailed review of its insurance requirements for contractors operating city-owned assets.
At a press conference Wednesday, Bredefeld and Karbassi uncovered an email from the city’s insurance coverage attorney to an attorney for Frazier’s nonprofit, regarding an apparent lack of ‘assurance.
According to the pair, CVCSF’s insurance coverage failed to adequately indemnify the City of Fresno for liability for on-site liquor service.
“CVCSF has not carried insurance as required by Granite Park’s contracts. These breaches are serious and constitute material breaches of contract requirements. The city agreed to provide a conditional use permit, but demanded insurance to protect the city from increased exposure associated with the supply, sale and distribution of alcohol,” City Attorney James Wilkins wrote to Frazier’s legal team.
“The CVCSF did not respect the essential conditions of its contracts with the City. The City has clearly indicated that the CVCSF must remedy these shortcomings immediately. In the meantime, no supply, sale or distribution of alcohol in Granite Park is permitted.
Frazier told the media that the city of Fresno required an additional endorsement to his insurance coverage which “took longer than expected.”
City officials, however, say the total dispute is over basic insurance coverage. That includes Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer, who said he was done with Frazier’s operation of the park.
“I can tell you that if that authority belonged to my administration, that action would have been taken by now,” Dyer said Wednesday. “We did everything we could in my administration to work with the people of Granite Park, to work with Mr. Frazier, to do everything we could to enable his operations to succeed. Unfortunately, there seems to be something keeping them up to date on their insurance, something that has kept them from staying up to date on paying their bills. The main concern for us is that we allow someone to operate on this property and expose the City of Fresno to unnecessary liability.
On Friday, Fresno City Council Speaker Nelson Esparza authorized an emergency meeting of the Fresno City Council to discuss three items.
The first is a review of lease agreements between the City of Fresno and entities operating in the following municipal locations:
- Chukchansi Park (Fresno Sports and Entertainment, LLC)
- Kocky’s Bar and Grill
- Flight Line Cafe at Chandler Executive Airport
- Piccadilly Inn Fresno Airport and its Steak & Anchor restaurant (RCB Equities)
- Granite Park (CVCSF)
The second is a discussion of a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by Frazier against the city of Fresno alleging discrimination over the release of a 2018 audit of CVCSF’s operation of Granite Park.
And finally, a discussion of whether the city of Fresno should take legal action against Frazier’s CVCSF. The reason for the potential to sue, however, is unknown.
All business for discussion must be conducted behind closed doors, Fresno’s agenda states.