Wylie Aitken, the former lead negotiator for Anaheim in dealing with the Angel management, makes the following points in an article on the Angel sale:
• The current process has been fatally flawed
• The back door, secret negotiations were in stark contrast to previous negotiations
• The council has a duty to make public the prior negotiations and the negotiations undertaken by Sidhu
• The failure to allow public comments is totally unjustified
The Angels, along with sports teams across the country, are given too much of the revenue sports stadiums generate and taxpayers fail to reap benefits because cities don’t negotiate hard enough, according to experts.
Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu is proposing this Tuesday to let the Los Angeles Angels out of a bad move this past November when owner Arte Moreno opted out of his stadium lease with nowhere to go. As a result, by this October, taxpayers will be sitting on a $1 billion asset with no restrictions on developing the 150-acre parking lot area around the stadium. Yet a proposal this Tuesday before the Anaheim city council would erase that potential and lock taxpayers into another lopsided, long-term negotiation with the Angels – who are probably leaving for Los Angeles anyway as their recent controversial renaming clearly implies.
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.