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Renovation Clause In Angels' Lease Deal Seen As Impetus Behind Talks With Anaheim
Published November 11, 2013
NEED TO PLAY HARDBALL: In California, Jonathan Lansner wrote the city's ballpark lease negotiations with Angels Owner Arte Moreno are "framed in the wrong way." The bargaining "should not be centered on what terms are required for the city to keep the team; rather, the discussion should be about what's the best use of that land for the city's needs." Orange County, even without the Angels, "has enough prime attractions" that the "vast majority of those hard-earned, smartly spent entertainment dollars lavished on this baseball team would easily be contributing to the broad economy at other local venues." Lansner asked, "Could the stadium land -- ballpark and parking -- be sold off or leased out by the city to real estate developers?" Lansner: "If nothing else, the city should make Moreno aware that he's seriously competing with other real estate developers for the land, including the stadium itself" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 11/9).