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Anaheim Council Debates if Taxpayer Money Should Be Used to Lure Clippers

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.

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The matter could be resolved within next seven to 10 days.


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