An Anaheim city council action last month endeavoring to keep stadium deliberations with the Angels confidential is not only sad and ineffective for building public support it’s also likely illegal. This week, council members also consider even limiting their own ability speak from the dais.
Anaheim City Council members, after learning Mayor Harry Sidhu met with Angels President John Carpino earlier this week, voted to axe their monthly public update on negotiations and instead directed City Manager Chris Zapata to update when there’s only “relevant information” — effectively leaving the negotiations process in the dark.
Riprap has moved two homeless camps from the Santa Ana riverbank, one by the Honda Center last year and the other this year along the 57 Freeway from roughly the 22 Freeway to Angel Stadium. The Honda Center riprap was requested by Supervisor Shawn Nelson, according to county emails.
The removal comes less than two weeks after the county entered a $750,000 contract with the non-profit City Net to provide services to a separate group of homeless people camped on the western bank of the Santa Ana River near Angel Stadium.
Approval of the mega-development in the Platinum Triangle had been held up due to fierce opposition from Angels Baseball, but the team and the Hong Kong-based developer reached an accord in recent weeks.
The baseball team’s representatives filed an appeal Wednesday challenging the Anaheim Planning Commission’s approval of a $450 million mixed-used development that would compete with the team’s development plans.
Just as the Angels re-open talks with the city to renew their stadium lease, team officials are opposing a proposed $500 million mixed-use project in the Platinum Triangle next to the stadium, saying it would quash their own development plans.