Judge To Dismiss Lawsuit Over Angel Stadium Sale
By: Vanessa Serna, The Epoch Times
Date: March 21, 2022
“While some locals have argued the Angel Stadium was sold illegally, a lawsuit challenging the sale was dismissed by a judge on March 21.
Judge David Hoffer made an initial decision in the lawsuit the People’s Homeless Task Force v. City of Anaheim after the case was heard in the Orange County Superior Court on March 2.
The People’s Homeless Task Force, a nonprofit focusing on homelessness and poverty in Orange County, argues city officials did not follow the Brown Act—which requires government affairs to be open to the public—by discussing the sale behind closed doors.
…“This initial decision is the right decision,” Mayor Harry Sidhu said in a statement. “This validates that the stadium sale was extensive public process with community input and debate.”
Anaheim city officials sold the stadium to Angels Baseball team owner Arte Moreno in December 2019 for $320 million months before the sale was brought to the public, the People’s Homeless Task Force alleges.
The group filed the lawsuit in February 2020 after arguing that city officials failed to discuss the sale openly in public.
The judge’s ruling is not final yet, and the law firm representing the organization—Law Offices of Kelly Aviles—disagreed with the decision and continued to argue that the city failed to notify the public of the sale.
…The lawsuit over the 150-acre stadium could have halted the current plans to re-develop the land around the stadium with homes, shops, restaurants, and offices on the property…..”