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Posted on: March 21, 2022

Initial court decision: stadium sale done right, lawsuit claims denied

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (March 21, 2022) — A lawsuit challenging the city’s sale of the Angel Stadium of Anaheim site has been denied in an initial decision by an Orange County Superior Court judge.


The initial decision by Judge David Hoffer “denies (the lawsuit) in its entirety” and upholds Anaheim’s public process and approval of a sale of the stadium site in a series of meetings spanning December 2019 and September and October 2020.


The initial decision, made public March 21, now undergoes 10 days of review and comment before a decision is finalized in the lawsuit, which is known as Peoples Homeless Task Force v. City of Anaheim and was filed in 2020.


“This initial decision is the right decision,” Mayor Harry Sidhu said. “This validates that the stadium sale was an extensive public process with community input and debate. We look forward to a final decision and moving ahead with a plan for the future of baseball in Anaheim that will generate revenue for our residents and neighborhoods for years to come.”


The lawsuit contended but failed to convince the court that Anaheim did not follow a section of California law known as the Ralph M. Brown Act covering the making of policy decisions in public.


“The discussions and decision surrounding the sale of the stadium site were anything but secret and were fully vetted with the public,” Judge Hoffer wrote in his initial decision.


You can read the decision here.

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