Appeal by citizens’ group dismissed in lawsuit over Angel Stadium sale

Did the city of Anaheim go wrong in negotiations to sell Angel Stadium, or was any impropriety confined to the former mayor named in an FBI corruption investigation?

In March, an Orange County Superior Court judge acquitted the city of alleged violations of the law of good government. In May, after the investigation became public and the FBI agent suggested the new information might have persuaded the judge to rule otherwise, the citizens’ group that had sued the city appealed.

On Tuesday, the state court of appeals dismissed the lawsuit – not on the merits, but because the citizens’ initiative had not deposited the ordinary fees with the court. The court left open the possibility of a retrial if the company was able to present “reasonable reasons” within 30 days for not having made the required payments.

The group’s attorney – Orange County’s Peoples Homeless Task Force – did not respond to a message left Tuesday afternoon.

In the case, originally filed in Orange County Superior Court in 2020, the group petitioned the court to overturn the sale over allegations that the city failed to comply with the Brown Act, the state government’s transparency law.

“There is no basis for overturning the decision,” Judge David Hoffer wrote in his ruling.

But according to FBI Special Agent Brian Adkins, former Mayor Harry Sidhu’s actions “may have affected the verdict” because a cooperating witness said Sidhu gave him information about a property appraisal so he could share that information with the angels. Because this information came from a closed City Council meeting, Adkins wrote, “Sidhu’s actions may have violated the Brown Act.”

Sidhu’s lawyer has denied that his client gave the angels such information.

The week after the FBI investigation surfaced, Sidhu resigned, and the remaining City Council members voted unanimously to end a deal that would have seen Angels owner Arte Moreno surround Angel Stadium with a neighborhood on 130-acre parking lots .

Even with the deal dead, the corporation filed an appeal, which could have allowed the court to find that the city broke the law and imposed penalties. The city denies breaking the law.

The Angels were 27-17 (.614) before the sale ended and one game behind first place in the American League West. Since then, they’re 13-39 (.250) going into Tuesday’s game and are 23 1/2 games down from first place.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/angels/story/2022-07-26/angel-stadium-sale-appeal-anaheim-harry-sidhu-arte-moreno Appeal by citizens’ group dismissed in lawsuit over Angel Stadium sale

Emma Bowman

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