Less than a month after committing $30 million to help renovate Anaheim Stadium to keep the California Angels in town, the City Council is debating whether to commit $7.5 million in taxpayer money to help lure the Clippers to the Pond of Anaheim, where they would play as the Anaheim Clippers.
The issue is being driven by a sense of urgency that if an NBA team does not begin playing at the Pond by next season, the city will be forced to pay $1.5 million a year to Ogden Corp., operators of the arena, for five years under its lease agreement.
Anaheim Mayor Tom Daly suggested Tuesday that the city could use the $7.5 million to contribute to an incentive package to help lure the Clippers.
Several sources said the discussions involve a 27-year lease, although a provision would allow the team to leave after four years.
The matter could be resolved within next seven to 10 days.