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ANAHEIM BUSINESSMAN SUES CITY OVER ALLEGED CORRUPTION IN GAS STATION APPROVAL

In a riveting turn of events in Anaheim, local businessman Isa Bahu has filed a federal lawsuit against city power brokers, accusing them of a ‘civil conspiracy’ that halted his plans to establish an Arco gas station. This lawsuit, highlighted in the LA Times and Voice of OC, emerges amid an ongoing FBI investigation into widespread political corruption within the city, which previously stopped the sale of Angel Stadium.

Represented by Steve Baric of Baric Law, Bahu aimed to reconstruct his family’s gas station, demolished in the ’90s, at a bustling intersection in Anaheim Hills. Despite initial approval recommendations by planning commissioners in 2019, former Mayor Harry Sidhu and a majority of the City Council members intervened, blocking the project. The lawsuit claims these actions were influenced by Sidhu’s supporters, notably a competing Shell station owner who financially backed Sidhu’s campaigns.

Bahu’s legal battle isn’t just about a gas station—it’s a fight against corruption that he believes has violated his civil rights and cost him millions in potential earnings. With the political landscape of Anaheim under scrutiny following guilty pleas from Sidhu and other key figures, this lawsuit might just peel back layers of deeper, systemic issues within the city’s governance.

As the city braces for the legal proceedings, the outcome could redefine the integrity of Anaheim’s political and business dealings, providing a critical reflection on the influence of money and power in local government. Stay tuned as we follow this story of determination against alleged corruption.

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