Sunday, September 25, 2022

California mayor resigns amid baseball stadium deal scandal

ANAHEIM, Calif. ( Associated Press) — The mayor of the Southern California city of Anaheim has resigned amid a swirling political scandal over the sale of Angel Stadium to the baseball team.

Mayor Harry Sidhu is stepping down effective Tuesday, his lawyer Paul S. Meyer said in a statement on Monday. He said the stadium talks were legitimate and Sidhu did not seek contributions for the campaign related to the deal.

“Mayor Harry Sidhu has always put the best interests of the city of Anaheim as his top priority, and he continues to do so today,” the mayor said in a statement.

Since then, Sidhu’s city council colleagues have called for him to resign and questioned whether the sale of the stadium can go ahead. It is expected that the plans for the stadium will be discussed in the meeting to be held in the city on Tuesday.

“No one ever wants to see their mayor resign under difficult circumstances like this, but we welcome that resignation,” city spokesman Mike Lister said. “We would welcome some clarity as part of a larger effort to evaluate that situation and determine the best course of action for our city.”

The Los Angeles Times reports that Sidhu is being investigated by federal authorities for giving confidential information to Angles at least twice during talks in the hope of receiving a campaign donation.

Sidhu has not been charged with the crime.

There has been scandal in Anaheim since last week when a former Chamber of Commerce executive was accused of lying to a mortgage lender as part of a broader investigation by federal officials. This weekend, a California Democratic Party official resigned from her post after it was revealed she was an associate witness in the investigation, and officials said they suspected she had bribed public officials.

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