For Immediate Release
OCCORD & The People of Anaheim Mobilize to Assure Government Transparency is Uplifted–The Internal Investigation Related to the Angel Stadium Deal Will Be Made Public!
Anaheim,CA–Yesterday, after more than 100 online petitions were signed, dozens of calls, and over 30 public comments from local residents and allies, the city council of Anaheim voted unanimously to approve agenda item #3, making the Angel stadium internal investigation report public once concluded.
Immediately after the FBI filed an affidavit with the courts back in May, former Mayor Harry Sidhu resigned and the city of Anaheim immediately voided the transaction to sell the Angel Stadium and its land to SRB Management, a company headed by Arte Moreno.
The city's internal investigation is being led by the JL Group and retired Judge Clay Smith. Their report is expected to be completed by early Spring of 2023 and it will be submitted to the city clerk of Anaheim. As a result of mobilizing the community, it will also be made publicly available for residents and anyone to see who is implicated in the corruption connected to the Angel Stadium.
Ely Flores, OCCORD’s Executive Director states the following after the successful vote took place: “The unanimous “yes” vote to release the findings of the internal investigation into the Angel Stadium deal is a victory for the community but, we need more. We need the city council to ensure that the report will be released immediately to the public upon completion. We continue to urge the City of Anaheim to pass Campaign Finance Reform to free our elections from corporate special interest money.”
Valerie Garcia, Ponderosa Neighborhood Union leader and resident affirms, “Making public comments at yesterday's Anaheim City Council meeting opened my eyes about the corruption that exists in the city. Most of the people in the community that spoke also demanded the same thing: transparency about the Angels investigation and rent control. It is unfortunate to know what our representatives do, the government has to be held accountable. Now let's demand rent control, if we can! When we unite as a community we can demand our rights for the benefit of all.”
Jeanine Robbins, member of the Clean Up Anaheim Coalition said, “Yesterday in Anaheim the community turned out to protest the lack of transparency that has been prevalent among our city council. The residents demanded future transparency from the council by insisting that the council vote to release the internal investigation relating to the sale of Angel Stadium. Listening to the resident's demands, the council unanimously voted to release the report once it has been completed. The community has won an important battle.”