The City Council of Anaheim in California has unanimously voted to void a 2020 agreement to sell Angel Stadium of Anaheim for development.

The vote follows the May 16 notice of a federal investigation into former Mayor Harry Sidhu stemming from actions he may have taken related to the stadium site proposal. Sidhu resigned as mayor on Monday.

Mayor Pro Tem Trevor O’Neil, who is handling the duties of mayor per Anaheim’s city charter, said:

The stadium proposal was evaluated and approved on its merits. However, knowing that there may have been an element of corruption that brought the final product to us, we cannot move forward in good conscience. 

The action directs the city attorney to immediately void the stadium site sale and notify buyer SRB Management LLC, made up of Angels Baseball owner Arte Moreno and family.

The agreements had called for selling the city-owned stadium and 151 acres of land for $320 million, paid partly in cash and partly as affordable housing and a park built on the stadium site.

 Updated sale and development agreements, reflecting a now-paused settlement with the state of California related to issues raised about the Surplus Land Act, were expected to go before the City Council in June in what would have been the final step before the close of a stadium site sale.

Based on the City Council’s action, the city will no longer take action to sell the stadium and develop the surrounding land as previously approved. 

 A lease for the Angels to play at Angel Stadium continues through 2029 with three three-year extensions though 2038.

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