The California Angels have filed two more claims against the City of Anaheim, making way for additional lawsuits in the ongoing feud between the baseball team and the city.
One claim demands about $5,000 in revenues from 50 free parking passes that city officials and their guests use during Angels games. In the other, the Angels protest a 100% increase in rent from the 26,000 seats built in 1980 and demand payment of $136,000. Both claims were filed Tuesday.
Of the first claim, Angels spokesman Michael Schreter said Wednesday that the city has "no right to that parking lot."
Anaheim Public Information Officer Sheri Erlewine said the city has the right because it "owns the place."
"The Angels simply lease it from us," Erlewine said.
Schreter, vice president, secretary and treasurer of the Angels, likened Erlewine's explanation to landlords who lease an apartment to a tenant but park there themselves.
"They have leased that parking lot to the Angels," Schreter said. "The ones who have a right to that parking lot are the California Angels."