Fact Check: Did Council Direct The Simultaneous Release of Stadium Appraisal To Public?

Last year, did the Anaheim City Council direct that the Angel Stadium appraisal be released simultaneously to the city council and the public? It did, according to yesterday’s Voice of OC story on Angel Stadium negotiations:

“A Nov. 20 2018 vote stipulated the appraisal would be released to the public and the City Council simultaneously, with the language in the formal motion indicating the appraisal would be released to both the public and council members at the same time.”

Except that isn’t true.

According to the minutes, Mayor Tom Tait’s motion was for staff to prepare a current market value appraisal of the stadium property, and that is should be availabel to the public. No direction was given as to timing of its release to either the council or the public. The article’s claim that the motion’s language “indicates” council intent for the simultaneous release of the apprails to the council and the public is baseless. It’s the opinion of the reporter being presented as news.

Review of the video of the November 20, 2018 council meeting further erodes that claim.

Direction to make the appraisal public was cursory and matter-of-fact. No councilmember during that meeting disagreed with that – just as no current council member opposes making it public, despite Councilman Jose F. Moreno’s posturing as the lonely tribune of transparency.

There was a long, contentious wrangle between Mayor Tait and Councilwoman Kris Murray about the form and fashion of the appraisal and whether to leave the matter for the new, incoming council to decide. But there was no discussion about when the appraisal should be released to the public.

At one point in the discussion, City Attorney Robert Fabela asked the city clerk to repeat the motion on the floor.

“The motion was by Mayor Tait and was seconded by Councilmember Barnes, to direct staff to prepare an appraisal of the stadium at the current market value and make that available to both the public and the city council,” said the clerk.

No councilmember interjected to stipulate the simultaneous release, or give any guidance as to the timing of appraisal’s publication.

Again, when it came time for the council to vote, Moreno asked for “clarification” from Tait that the motion included making the appraisal public — but no direction as to timing. Now Moreno is relentlessly agitating for its immediate release, but at no time during the long, exhaustive discussion did he say anything about the timing of its release, or doing so simultaneously with it being given to the council. Neither did Tait or Barnes, for that matter.

This whole narrative that the current council is trying to “keep the public in the dark” about the appraisal is a false one fed by Moreno and his UNITE-HERE allies, and transmitted by the Voice of OC.


  1. Why should the appraisal NOT be released. The public has been asked in several forums how the feel about the City’s deal with the Angles. First question the public asks is “what is the property worth?”. Why should we NOT know? It’s OURS!

  2. What a bizarre load you have to spin: “Sure, they have to tell us, but nobody said WHEN.” I have yet to hear any legitimate reason we all shouldn’t hear NOW, as much as it’s clear that they don’t WANT us to know for some reason. Can anyone explain?

    • Obviously nobody in 2018 had the foresight to think that the 2019 council would say, “OK we have to release it to the public, but nobody said we couldn’t put that off indefinitely.”

  3. David Michael Klawe

    As many have stated, the same reason it wasn’t done with the Ducks deal, if we tell the public, the Angels will know the magic number.

    If you are trying to sell your house, you don’t tell potential buyers how much you are willing to accept. You ask for more, but will go lower only if you have to.

    Same with playing Poker, you don’t tell others what cards are in your hand.

  4. Transparent goes both ways

    Would you please make a freedom of information request to see how much distric office spending has ballooned in the Auhsd. Jose Moreno placed mike Matsuda as the superintendent about 6 years ago. They scream about transparency for everyone else but hide it when come to their own shady dealings. Millions of dollars that could have been and should have been spent at the school sites has been diverted for political projects. Those self serving projects include the following programs:
    The pledge, capturing kids hearts, aime mentoring (paid job for the Moreno and matsuda children), the bros political activities, teachers on special assignment, new levels of district office director positions, marketing… they will try to rationalize the spending as benefiting students, but we all know it’s all part of the plan to keep and grow power. They have expanded to control the local elementary school district, are one vote away from control of the city council, spreading to Placentia-Yorba district, and Al Jabbar got rewarded with a second job when his bros delivers Doug Chaffee a victory for county supervisor. This is really a criminal operation that needs to be exposed.

    • Invest in schools

      With the balloon in spending at the district office AUHSD has seen a major decline in test scores and enrollment. The only that keeps Matsuda in power is the shrewd political maneuvering that has kept His puppets on the school board.

  5. Love how Matsuda who lives in a million dollar house in Fullerton always posts about the top one percent on his social media. Mike and Suze are in the top one percent yet he stokes the flames of inequality to keep his power and ability to get income adjustments inspite of poor results since his coup de tat 6 years ago.

  6. Wow – NINE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS!? $900,000,000! And “encumbered” by the stadium, about $100,000,000 less – 800 million dollars. Those figures are considerably larger than even my real estate friends had estimated. No wonder this appraisal took so long, I imagine Sidhu et al were amazed and discomfited by how valuable Anaheim’s most valuable property is – but no massaging would bring it down any lower than 900K/800K. It’ll be really hard to justify giving this away to Arte Moreno the way they want to.


    I’ve been thinking about David’s attempt at justifying secrecy here, and it really doesn’t make any sense, even if we DID think we could trust the Sidhu crowd to keep such a big secret from their financiers. The City shouldn’t be aiming to pull a fast one on ANYONE, even on Arte (sure) – the negotiations should be open and honest, and yes, it doesn’t hurt anyone for the Angels’ side also to know the value of the land they’re negotiating for.


    • Matthew Cunningham

      Is that what the appraisal says, Vern?

    • Matthew Cunningham

      Sooo…we have Vern Nelson posting a comment here with what he claims are the contents of the stadium appraisal.

      Vern posts this comment a few hours after Councilman Jose F. Moreno gave the Anaheim Democrats Club an update on the Angel Stadium negotiations.

      This morning, Moreno claims – via his preferred communications channel, Spencer Custodio of the Voice of OC -that some other councilmember must have leaked the appraisal.

      Shortly afterwards, Vern comments on that story that he saw the supposedly leaked appraisal numbers on Anaheim Blog – while omitting the key fact that it was he who posted those numbers here.

      This whole thing smells like Moreno manufacturing an excuse to call for publishing the appraisal now.

      Too bad he didn’t care about transparency during the Ducks negotiations. The hypocrisy is ten-feet thick.

  7. Vern,

    I see you and your ANTI-POLICE buddies are at it again. Am I the only one who thinks it’s IRONIC, that Rene’ and Boaz Balenti are so ANTI-COP, when it was their own Son who broke in and tried to rape a nine year old girl next door to Mirevette Judah’s house?

    That’s quite a cast of law and order folks you run with.

    SEE DYLAN JAQUETTE in the OC Register archives for details. This is NOT a good man, but, hey Maybe Dr. Moreno can write him a letter of recommendation!

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