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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

This Date In History: The California Supreme Court Clears The Way For The Dodgers' Move To LA

The Times' Daily Mirror blog has a piece today from January 14, 1959: the California Supreme Court overruled a Superior Court decision, paving the way for the Dodgers to move to Los Angeles.
The Supreme Court reversed a Superior Court ruling that said the contract between the city and the Dodgers was invalid. Phill Silver, an attorney for one of the taxpayers whose lawsuits were the reason for the Superior Court decision, planned to seek a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Other than a few paragraphs dealing with Silver, there was little indication how controversial the deal was. City Council members who had been against the stadium deal had no part in the first-day story. The Times' Blake had another story on Jan. 15 that included a no comment from John Holland, a strong opponent of the stadium deal and this from Karl Rundberg, who initially favored the stadium plan and then turned against it: "Is it settled? Frankly, I haven't changed my mind."

And I found no reactions from anyone who had lived in the Chavez Ravine area.

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