Anaheim Mayor Harris Sidhu Faces Increasing Pressure to Resign Under FBI Investigation in Corruption Case

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Mayor of Anaheim, California, Harry Sidhu, is facing increasing pressure from City Council members to resign amid the ongoing federal investigation into a corruption case. The Indian-American Republican is accused of soliciting $1 million in campaign donations from a representative of the Angels Stadium in exchange for taking official actions that would result in the stadium sale, ABC 7 reported. He is not charged in the case.

Elected as mayor in 2018 under the banner of Anaheim, Sidhu is the “City that Powers the American Dream”, is about to be reelected in November.

Citing an affidavit filed by the FBI in federal court on May 12, the Orange County Register is investigating whether Sidhu “shared privileged and confidential information with the Angels during the stadium sale negotiations, actively concealing the same from a Grand Jury investigation, and” Conclusion Receive campaign contributions.”

Detailing the FBI statement, the Politico California Playbook noted that “Sidhu described securing a place on the stadium negotiation team and then forwarding classified information to the Angels through a Chamber of Commerce agent. The report adds that Sidhu talks “over and over” about how he “expects the Angels to provide half a million dollars in cash for the campaign in exchange for a stadium deal.” Politico added that the mayor “allegedly tried to conceal these communications”, adding that in the affidavit he claimed “Sidhu registered a helicopter in Arizona to avoid a sales tax of about $15,000 in California.”

Calls for Sidhu’s resignation gained momentum on May 18, the previous evening, when Councilman Avelino Valencia failed to attend a board meeting where he publicly demanded the mayor’s resignation, the Orange County Register reported.

After an extensive engineering career, Sidhu pursued his dream of starting his own small business, which started with a single restaurant. He is now a successful entrepreneur and owner of several Orange County restaurants.

Sale of the stadium was also halted for 60 days by the Orange County Supreme Court judge in response to the state’s attorney general’s request, which made the search warrant publicly targeting Sidhu, the Los Angeles Times reported. “The state attorney general’s filing suggested that disclosures in the search warrant could render the deal void and that new and evolving information would likely emerge regarding potential violations of state and federal law,” the report said.

Born and raised in India, Sidhu came to the United States with his family in 1974 and settled in Philadelphia. He became a US citizen in 1979. According to his official biography, he holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia. In 1980 he moved to Southern California to work as an engineer for the aerospace companies Rockwell International, General Dynamics, and Hughes Aircraft.

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After an extensive engineering career, Sidhu pursued his dream of starting his own small business, which started with a single restaurant. He is now a successful entrepreneur and owner of several Orange County restaurants.

Sidhu and his wife, Gin, have lived in Anaheim since 1994, where they raised their two children. Community involvement includes serving as a board member of the Anaheim Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs, advisory board member of the Anaheim Family YMCA, and member of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce and Anaheim Small Business Chamber.

He has also coached youth football and is a supporter of arts and arts education. He is a licensed professional engineer, licensed instrument-grade general aviation and helicopter pilot, and a real estate broker.

According to the LA Times, the last major local corruption case to rock Orange County was in 2007, “then Sheriff Mike Carona was indicted by a federal grand jury when he was charged with accepting money, high-priced gifts and loans. long-time mistress in exchange for favors such as permits and a free out-of-jail card for paid supporters.”