LA PUENTE – City officials created a committee that will look at how a city-owned snack bar is used after the mayor questioned an arrangement between two sports groups. The committee, established by the City Council last week, will discuss whether a policy should be created to govern use of the snack bar at La Puente Park. A 2004 court settlement between the city and the La Puente Girls Softball Association led to softball teams sharing use of La Puente Park and its snack bar with the La Puente National Little League. Under an agreement struck between the sports groups three years ago, Little League pays about $4,200 to the softball association, which forfeits its use of the snack bar. “All the equipment is basically owned by the city of La Puente and if anybody is going to make any money it should be the city,” Perez said. The city doesn’t have a policy that would cover the practice, which City Manager Carol Cowley said isn’t illegal. “If softball says the only time it will allow the Little League to use the snack bar is to give us X amount of money, that’s fine, too,” Perez said. Councilman John Solis, who is president of the softball association, voted against the committee. Danny Ayala, the president of the La Puente National Little League, said the group is satisfied with the agreement. He declined to say how much his group pays the softball association, but said it was equitable. Ayala didn’t know why the mayor raised the issue now. He said 400 boys and girls belong to the Little League, which has 32 teams. Solis said this is the third year of the agreement and softball gets about $4,200 from Little League, which it uses for the operation of its softball teams. There are 12 teams and about 180 girls, he added. Solis said the city has no jurisdiction over the agreement. While the city owns the park and the snack bar, Solis said Little League, softball and football pay when the Coke machine, air conditioning or the plumbing breaks down. City Councilwoman Renee Chavez said she hadn’t heard anything negative about the agreement between the groups. “And my opinion is if there’s nothing wrong with the two leagues and there’s no legal issues that will hurt the city then I don’t know why we even need to bother with this item,” Chavez said. The court settlement came after the ACLU, on behalf of the La Puente Girls Softball Association, sued La Puente in 2003 claiming the city discriminated against girl softball players by denying them equal access to playing fields at La Puente Park. Back then, the girls played at Nelson Elementary and the Little League had use of the fields at the park. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718 Mayor Lou Perez initially wanted a policy banning the practice, but in the end suggested creating a committee to review the practice. “Why should the Little League pay them?” he said. The committee will consist of the city attorney, city manager, Councilman Louie Lujan and representatives from both sports groups. Perez said no money should be exchanged since the city owns the park, the snack bar, lighting and the equipment in the fields. The legal settlement only ensures that the city give both groups equal use of the park and the snack bar, Perez said.