It is not unusual for a professional sports team to play in the suburbs while taking the name of the region's major city.
The Dallas Cowboys play in Irving, Texas, for example, and the Detroit Pistons play in Auburn Hills, Mich. The New York Giants and New York Jets don't even play in New York state, but across the Hudson River in New Jersey.
Anaheim officials, however, point out that their city is about the size of Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. Lang calls it a "boomburb," one of a group of overgrown suburbs that are turning into cities.
City Councilman Richard Chavez said he thinks the Anaheim name, plastered on stories written about the team and streaming across television screens, has increased the city's profile nationally.
During a lobbying trip to Boston last summer meant to snare the 2008 Democratic National Convention, he found that people knew where Anaheim was, which he credits partially to the Angels.
"For a long time, when the name was the California Angels, people didn't know where Anaheim was," he said.
"Changing the name would be undoing a lot of positive things going on over the last decade."