Its late November and time for Hot Stove talk when it comes to Major League Baseball and besides hiring Bud Black as a special assistant, the real Angels action is inaction in the form of no negotiations with the city of Anaheim. One of the factors has to be the lawsuit against the city on behalf of CATER, where most of the items have been dismissed by a judge and its down to whether or not the city gave CATE President Cynthia Ward every document she asked for in an exhaustive Public Records Act request.
The Liberal OC has learned Anaheim taxpayers are on the hook for nearly $200,000 — $195,000 specifically to cover legal fees associated with the lawsuit.
From Anaheim’s Public Information Office, this tidbit:
Approximately $195,000 in attorneys’ fees has been directed from City resources to defend our position in this CATER lawsuit. Our goal in the Angels Baseball negotiations remains to keep the team in Anaheim for years to come, and this lawsuit is a distraction in what we need to accomplish. We have succeeded in dismissing all claims that the City violated the Brown Act and continue to defend the remaining claim.”
The city won’t comment further on the suit, but seems confident they are going to win. We’ve said before, unless Ms. Ward has specific information about a specific document the city didn’t provide, CATER’s cause seems lost here. We’re told by sources should the city win their case, the city will seek to collect any cost of litigation fees that could be as much as $5,000 or more. That would have to be paid by CATER.
As CATER Treasurer Brian Chuchua just underwent heart bypass surgery, and he is perceived as the person funding this group, the loss of Chuchua from the organization makes future litigation as expensive risk. There is still no word on when this case will be decided and there are no new negotiations between the city of Anaheim and the Angels. Anaheim fans might soon be drowning their sorrows with San Diego Charger fans as that franchise looks like its heading up the freeway to Carson soon. If the Angels leave, fans can give CATER a share of the blame.
A side note from the DPOC Meeting Monday; during my chat with Dr. Jose Moreno, he suggested the Angels, the Ducks and Disney contribute a dollar for every ticket sold. I suggested he ask Angels owner Arte Moreno, has he’s a Latino owner. Dr. Moreno said he met Mr. Moreno at an unspecified event and he did make that request of the Angels owner. Arte Moreno considered the question and told Dr. Moreno, “we give a lot to the city already.” And turned to talk with someone else. The Angels do provide millions to Anaheim charities.