Lawsuit Accuses Anaheim Officials of Privately Discussing Angel Stadium Sale Before Notifying the Public

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Anaheim officials are facing a legal challenge after allegedly discussing the sale of the Angel Baseball Stadium with the owner of the Angels in private—prior to announcing their plans to the public. City Councilman Jose Moreno and former city manager Chris Zapata provided declarations in the Orange County Superior Court after the lawsuit was filed by the People’s Homeless Task Force of Orange County in 2020. The lawsuit accuses city officials of meeting behind closed doors in August 2019 to discuss Angel Stadium owner Arte Moreno’s desire to buy the land instead of leasing it, according to Moreno. The legal challenge further notes the city council’s discrete meeting to agree upon the negotiation of the stadium property in September 2019, Moreno said. While the Brown Act requires local government affairs to be open to the public, except under limited conditions, Moreno claimed that he was unaware of a possible …

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