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

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney. 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. Runs for office sometimes, so far to offer a challenge to someone nasty who would otherwise have run unopposed. Someday he might pick a fight intending to win it rather than just to dent someone. You'll know it when you see it. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. A family member works part-time as a campaign treasurer. He doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he hated. He does advise some local campaigns informally and generally without compensation. If that changes, he will declare the interest. He also runs a less frequently published blog called "The Brean," for his chosen hometown, where he is now fighting with its wealthiest and most avaricious citizen-donors. This just seems to be his way.