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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

FBI Corruption Probe Into Anaheim Mayor Sidhu Stalls the Angel Stadium Sale

California Attorney General Rob Bonta is calling for a 60-day pause on the Angel Stadium land sale –  as the FBI is taking a hard look at Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu for public corruption allegations.

The “FBI learned that the City of Anaheim was tightly controlled by a small cadre of individuals, including SIDHU, a particular member of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, and others,” reads a Thursday affidavit from FBI agent Brian Adkins in Bonta’s court filing.

Sidhu’s attorney, Paul Meyer, declined to comment, saying it would “premature” at this stage to do so, in a Monday text message.

According to the affidavit, Adkins apparently wiretapped the cell phones of people close to Sidhu, capturing conversations and messages between them and Sidhu detailing things like the Mayor’s influence over the city council and Sidhu’s apparent efforts to thwart an OC Grand Jury investigation into the stadium sale.

The FBI agent also turned some of the people closest to Sidhu into federal informants, according to the affidavit. The affidavit is meant to show probable cause that crimes were committed.

A court hearing is scheduled at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at the North Justice Center in Fullerton.

Federal officials allege that Sidhu tried ramming the deal through this year so he could get his reelection campaign financed by the Angels – likely through a political action committee, which typically spends money on mailers and other political advertising.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 17, 2022 at 10:59 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: May 17, 2022 at 11:39 AM (#6077157)
This does not surprise me. The criticism of Sidhu when he was running the first time was that he was in the pocket of Disney and Moreno. But powerful friends can get you pretty far. Hopefully this gets him removed from office, but I'm worried about what it means for the future of the Angels in Anaheim. They were threatening all sorts of things before Arte got his sweetheart deal.
   2. Steve Sparks Flying Everywhere Posted: May 17, 2022 at 12:29 PM (#6077162)
This was such a sweet deal for the Angels that there was bound to be corruption at some level. Now the question is, how far does this go up? And does Sidhu decide to cooperate with the feds to go after anyone in the Angels organization?
   3. Hombre Brotani Posted: May 17, 2022 at 01:44 PM (#6077177)
The Angels essentially bought the stadium and the land around it for less than 50 cents on the dollar, and the city didn't even bother to do their own financials for the deal, relying solely on the provided Moreno's group. It was all absurd on its face, and I was sickened before when the sale when through with the City Council smothering any dissenting arguments. And now, we get this. Ugh.
   4. Tom Goes to the Ballpark Posted: May 18, 2022 at 08:44 AM (#6077316)
I’m excited for another round of Arte going hat in hand to every city in SoCal asking for free land.
   5. The Duke Posted: May 18, 2022 at 09:49 AM (#6077319)
Maybe arte can move to oaklands new stadium when the A's leave for Vegas
   6. Steve Sparks Flying Everywhere Posted: May 18, 2022 at 10:01 AM (#6077321)
I’m excited for another round of Arte going hat in hand to every city in SoCal asking for free land.


I know Long Beach was previously mentioned as a place the Angels might move. I dunno, it seems like if one public official got jammed up for corruption related to a land giveaway, other local pols might be gunshy about doing the same thing. .Is there even a way to pull off such a deal that doesn’t involve back room shady dealings?
   7. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: May 18, 2022 at 10:46 AM (#6077324)
Is there even a way to pull off such a deal that doesn’t involve back room shady dealings?

For the sake of my city of a couple hundred thousand people whose star-struck city council and school board have committed upwards of a half-billion public dollars to TEH SPORTZ!!11!!1! over the last almost 20 years, I hope the answer is "yes," although I certainly have my doubts. There's been no smoke of malfeasance, but then local "journalism" functions more as stenographers and publicists than investigators.
   8. Tom Goes to the Ballpark Posted: May 18, 2022 at 12:31 PM (#6077338)
I know Long Beach was previously mentioned as a place the Angels might move. I dunno, it seems like if one public official got jammed up for corruption related to a land giveaway, other local pols might be gunshy about doing the same thing. .Is there even a way to pull off such a deal that doesn’t involve back room shady dealings?
It might be possible to pull off a deal like that in Fontana where land is less valuable. I don’t see how it would be possible in a place where the Angels would actually want to build a stadium.
   9. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 18, 2022 at 12:49 PM (#6077344)
Maybe arte can move to oaklands new stadium when the A's leave for Vegas
The Los Angeles Angels of San Francisco of Oakland.
   10. Howie Menckel Posted: May 18, 2022 at 01:04 PM (#6077347)
as I noted in another thread, the default assumption for any stadium or arena deal should be corruption. it's just how business gets done.

I can't think of a deal where I could say otherwise. Wait, the Meadowlands Sports Complex boss hated what he called the "lucky sperm club" owners John Mara and Woody Johnson, so the Giants and Jets didn't get a direct taxpayer handout for their new stadium. He told them that was the one market where you couldn't threaten to move to a bigger market like Los Angeles - because there was no bigger one.

but their annual rent payment was fixed with no inflation index increase, and lots of roadway infrastructure was put in place. and they got almost half of the cost of the stadium back in PSL money, so they came out just fine.
   11. The Duke Posted: May 18, 2022 at 01:15 PM (#6077348)
The big market teams are money machines so they probably need sweetheart deals given their TV contracts. arte had the perfect deal: big market and corrupt mayor. Pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered though.
   12. The Duke Posted: May 18, 2022 at 04:34 PM (#6077369)
Ooops, "don't need"
   13. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: May 18, 2022 at 04:46 PM (#6077371)

Now the question is, how far does this go up? And does Sidhu decide to cooperate with the feds to go after anyone in the Angels organization?

I don't see the Feds offering a deal to a corrupt public official in order to nail a relatively small-time private sector player.
   14. Zach Posted: May 18, 2022 at 07:52 PM (#6077398)
"Forget it, Jake, it's Anaheim."

"Anaheim? Already forgotten!"

   15. Hombre Brotani Posted: May 18, 2022 at 11:54 PM (#6077447)
I dunno, it seems like if one public official got jammed up for corruption related to a land giveaway, other local pols might be gunshy about doing the same thing.
Funny, my first thought was that every other local public official might have their antenna up at the possibility of free money.

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