Angels’ Hell, #5: Will the Angels Leave Without a Giveaway? Three Answers!

 Powered by Max Banner Ads 

The supposedly overriding reason for approving the Stadium Area Giveaway is the need to keep the Angels in Anaheim.  Is this reason legitimate?  No.  Reasons why below the graphic.

Angels Hell - Pringle and Moreno 5

(1) The Angels aren’t leaving.  Unless the Council gives Moreno more time to renegotiate with someone else, he flat out doesn’t have the TIME to leave.  Even if he did, leaving the area would mean leaving an extremely profitable cable TV contract.  He won’t do it.  And it’s not likely that any other city would have him, either — and it’s even more unlikely that he could get the sort of crazy good deal that he already had in the OLD lease, where the City has made about $1 million/year from parking, tickets, and outside events only when they exceed high threshold levels.  Moreno is making lots of money off the lease even without baseball.

(2) But let’s say he did leave.  Would another team love to move to Anaheim, with it’s fan base of 17 million or so people within reasonable driving range?  Yes, they would.  We’d have another team arrive easily.

(3) But let’s say no team came in.  What then?  Well, what could Anaheim do with such a parcel?  Cynthia has already mentioned bringing in Broadcom, bringing in another university, etc.  Anaheim would survive just fine.  My plan might involve creating the world’s largest homeless shelter — although we’d have to put a dome over it — but I’m sure I’d be outvoted in favor of something more profitable.  The funny thing is, though, that even such a mega homeless center would give the city more profit than it would get from this lease.

One wonders why the City Council seems intent on cutting off such a major prospective revenue stream.  Do they have some interest in bankrupting the City?  Anaheim as Detroit — is that the plan?  Or is there no plan?


About Greg Diamond

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney and General Counsel of CATER. His anti-corruption work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, leading them to work with the Democratic Party of Orange County Chair and other co-conspirators (who had long detested the internal oversight his presence provided) to remove him from the position of DPOC North Vice Chair of in violation of party rules and any semblance of due process. He also runs for office sometimes. Unless otherwise specifically stated, none of his writings prior to that lawless putsch ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. He tries to either suppress or openly acknowledge his partisan, issue, ideological, and "good government" biases in most of his writing here. If you have a question about any particular writing, just ask him about it and (unless you are an pseudonymous troll) he will probably answer you at painful length. He lives in Beautiful Bountiful Brea, but while he may brag about it he generally doesn't blog about it. A family member works as a campaign treasurer for candidates including Wendy Gabriella in AD-73; he doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. He does advise some campaigns informally and (except where noted) without compensation.