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Huntington Beach equestrian center, council candidate trade lawsuits

January 20, 2010 |  6:02 pm

The Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center has sued City Council candidate Gregg DeLong and his wife, demanding their immediate departure from the grounds, the Huntington Beach Independent reported today.

The center’s attorney also questioned a key allegation in a claim DeLong has filed against the city and center.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court, charges that DeLong and his wife, Evette DeLong, have repeatedly violated center rules and ignored numerous eviction notices.

DeLong filed a claim this month alleging that the center has failed to deliver revenues it owes to the city and that its management violates workers’ compensation laws and harasses boarders.

DeLong, a boarder at the center since 2006, said he plans to fight his removal. “I have not violated any rules of the concession agreement, and we will adamantly be fighting any attempt to evict us from a public park,” he said.

For more in the spat between the equestrian center and the council candidate, click here:

-- Michael Miller in Orange County