Anaheim Business Leaders Appeal To Angels To Stay In Anaheim

A group of more than 20 Anaheim business leaders are signing on to an open letter to the Angels, pledging their support for the team and appealing to owner Arte Moreno to keep the Angels in Anaheim. The letter, which will be published as a full-page newspaper ad, was organized by the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce. The OC Register published a story yesterday about the business leaders’ appeal:

The letter, written by the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce and obtained Tuesday by the Register before it was sent to Moreno, asked the team to push for the same bargaining framework that was approved as a “starting point” when negotiations for a new lease at Angel Stadium began last September.

As bargaining dragged on, the team has since reached out to Tustin officials and the developers of the Great Park in Irvine to discuss possibly building a new stadium in those areas.

“The Angels are Anaheim’s team, which we gratefully and willingly share with all of Orange County and the rest of the Southland,” stated a draft of the letter circulated to the local business leaders.

“That is why we are so troubled by the breakdown in negotiations between the city and the Angels which has compelled you to look at other cities in Orange County and relocate the team,” the letter continued. “We want you to know that the destructive politics of City Hall that have driven you to this point do not reflect the will of the Anaheim community.”

The letter will be used as an advertisement appearing in an upcoming edition of the Register’s weekly Anaheim Bulletin, said Todd Ament, president and CEO of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce. More than 20 business leaders will have signed it, he said, declining to name them.

Ament said that he believes that it’s “very urgent” to have city officials and Moreno hammer out a deal that is beneficial to both sides.

“We appreciate the support,” Angels spokeswoman Marie Garvey said, adding that the team continues to “evaluate all of our options.”

You can read the rest of the article here.

Every bit helps. The prospects for successful negotiations with the Angels have been undermined by the guerrilla war waged against them since last September. While the purported purpose of this campaign is to obtain a “better” deal, the only real result has been to diminish the likelihood of the Angels staying – the worst possible deal. Loss of the Angels would be devastating for Anaheim, and not just in terms of losing the direct economic benefits of the team. This guerrilla campaign sends a negative message to the wider business community: if the mayor and allied interest groups are beating up on one of the city’s economic alpha dogs, businesses thinking of locating here would have to ask themselves if Anaheim is where they want to be.

Taken against how litigation and attack PR are being used to halt or delay key economic development projects sch as the GardenWalk hotels and the Anaheim Convention Center expansion, the worthy regulatory reform task force is weak sauce for enhancing Anaheim’s reputation for being “freedom friendly.”


  1. Boooooo. You owe me for that typo, Matt. Hope you at least smiled . . . maybe swore a little, too. 🙂

    “. . . businesses thinking of locating here would have to ask themselves if Anaheim is where they want to be”

    Of course it is. Where else can they go where they’ll have access to a city council who will cut them a check for a few hundred million at the drop of a hat?

    “ANAHEIM– Where the Chamber of Commerce will invent a crisis so you can get your business some extra cash . . . from the taxpayer.”

    This is your fault, Disney. Continuing to let the Chamber run amok is putting your shareholders at risk. They’ve gone too far too often.

    Their recklessness will be the reason the public won’t tolerate a future subsidy for one of your projects. Put and end to it, please . . .

  2. Dan Chmielewski

    Ryan, the Walt Disney Company is so much bigger and so much more than Anaheim. Your comment is beyond laughable. It shows a myopic view of a global conglomerate where amusement parks in one city represent a fraction of earnings.

    • Thanks for the lecture on global conglomerates. I appreciate, yet another, example of why you’re bigger and better than me in every single way.

  3. Dan Chmielewski

    It’s not about being bigger and better but about right and wrong. Disney’s interest in Anaheim are a drop in the bucket for their balance sheet.

  4. What a baby Cantor is

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