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TRIPS BY PHOENIX STADIUM NEGOTIATOR QUESTIONED
Published October 13, 1994
Ed Anderson, Maricopa County's "chief baseball official," is under fire after flying to view big-league stadiums aboard a plane owned by a "company that is negotiating a multi-million dollar contract to oversee construction of a new facility in downtown Phoenix." Anderson believes there is nothing improper about accepting the travel from Huber, Hunt & Nichols after they already have a $60,000 contract to survey stadium sites and provide estimates. They are "currently seeking a contract extension of $4-$5 million to manage construction of a retractable-roof baseball stadium." A public group claims the trips Anderson took to Toronto, Dallas, and Cleveland to look at their stadiums show an "overly cozy relationship that could be dangerous to taxpayers." Barbara Cooper, the interim county administrator, said she cleared the trips and "didn't consider this to be outside of ethical guidelines" (David Schwartz, ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 10/12).