The resignation comes as it was revealed last week that the mayor was the subject of an investigation by the FBI, which claimed in an affidavit accompanied by a search warrant that he provided inside information to Angels executives in the stadium business and arranged for the registration of a helicopter he had bought in Arizona, to to save taxes.
“A fair and thorough investigation will prove that Mayor Harry Sidhu did not release classified information in hopes of later political campaign input,” Sidhu’s attorney, Paul S. Meyer, said in a statement. “His unwavering goal from the beginning has been to keep the Angels in Anaheim so that this vibrant social and economic relationship continues…
“Mayor Harry Sidhu has always acted in the best interests of the city of Anaheim as his top priority, and he continues to do so today. To continue to act in the best interests of Anaheim and enable this great city to thrive without distractions, Harry Sidhu has resigned as mayor effective May 24, 2022.”
Last week, three members of the Anaheim City Council called on Mayor Sidhu to resign while the FBI corruption investigation probed his involvement in the proposed sale of Angel Stadium to team owner Arte Moreno.
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“We need a fresh start, and we need it now, and that starts with the mayor resigning, and I hope that the mayor will act in the best interests of Anaheim,” Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem Trevor O’Neil said.
Sidhu has not been charged with a crime, but is accused of soliciting $1 million in campaign contributions from an Angels representative in exchange for official acts that would complete the sale of the stadium.
FBI investigator Brian Adkins’ affidavit states that on at least two occasions, Sidhu provided the Angels with confidential city information for the team to use in their negotiations with the city.
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The City News Service contributed to this report.
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