|(Feb 27, 2019, 9:20 p.m.) -- We find it amusing that some have already begun measuring the size of taxpayer-owned downtown property for a possible baseball stadium for the Angels before getting answers to some old-school journalistic questions, like who, what, when, where and why?
Exactly who inside City Hall pitched this? We'd like their names please (not just the generic "the City"). What did they pitch in terms of public land and/or public money? When did they make this pitch? To whom?
Were any LB Councilmembers -- who have decisionmaking votes that LB's Mayor and City Management don't have -- asked by the pitchers for their opinions, and if so when and by whom and what did they say?
As of this afternoon (Feb. 27), LB's 2nd dist. Councilwoman, Jeannine Pearce -- in whose Council district all this would take place -- has said nothing publicly about it. When we sought to learn her views, her office staff referred us to a City spokesman in the City Manager's office.
But LB's City Manager doesn't decide these things...and neither does LB's Mayor, who doesn't set City of Long Beach policy (Councilmembers do) and has no vote on what will or won't be done (Councilmembers do.) The City of Long Beach isn't Garcia-ville...unless some current Council members let that happen.
In 2016, Mayor Garcia pitched George Lucas to locate his museum on the same downtown LB site some person(s) inside City Hall have now pitched the Angels. We don't know how far that got, but Mr. Lucas decided on downtown Los Angeles' Exposition Park instead.
We're not predicting any outcome here, but as a news outlet we do plan to ask questions and seek answers that some may consider dispensable...but we consider indispensable.
s/ Bill Pearl, publisher
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