Citizens’ group appeal dismissed over suit over Angel Stadium hall

Did the city of Anaheim do something wrong in the negotiations Halls of the stadium Angelor any violations were limited former mayor featured in FBI corruption investigation?

In March, an Orange County Superior Court judge cleared the city or alleged violations of state good governance law. In May, after the investigation became public and an FBI agent suggested that new information might have convinced the judge to make a different decision, a group of citizens who filed a lawsuit against the city filed an appeal.

On Tuesday, a state appeals court dismissed the case — not on the merits, but because a group of citizens failed to pay proper fees to the court. The court left open the possibility of reopening the case if the group can prove “good cause” for non-payment of the required deposits within 30 days.

The group’s attorney, the Orange County People’s Homeless Task Force, did not respond to a message left Tuesday afternoon.

In a case originally filed in Orange County Superior Court in 2020, the group asked the court to declare the transaction invalid on allegations that the city did not comply with the Brown Law, a state law on government transparency.

“There is no reason to reverse the decision,” Judge David Hoffer wrote in his ruling.

But according to FBI Special Agent Brian Adkins, former mayor Harry Sidhuthe actions “could have influenced the decision” because a cooperating witness said that Sidhu gave him information about the land’s valuation so that he could share that information with the Angels. Because this information came from a closed city council meeting, Adkins wrote, “Sidhu’s actions may have violated Brown’s Law.”

Sidhu’s lawyer denies his client gave such information Angels.

A week after the FBI investigation became known, Sidhu resigned, and the remaining members of the city council voted unanimously to terminate the deal in which Angels owner Arte Moreno would surround Angel Stadium with an area of ​​130 acres of parking lots.

Even when the deal fell through, the group filed an appeal in which the court could find that the city had broken the law and imposed sanctions. The city denies breaking the law.

The Angels were 27-17 (.614) before the sale was killed, and one game away from first place in the American League West. They’ve been 13-39 (.250) since then going into Tuesday’s game, and they’ve lost 23 1/2 games from first place.