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

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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

Somewhat verbose worker's rights and government accountability attorney, residing in northwest Brea. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Occasionally runs for office to challenge some nasty incumbent who would otherwise run unopposed. (Someday he might pick a fight with the intent to win rather than just dent someone. You'll know it when you see it.) He got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012 and in 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. A family member co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)