How many here do not know there is a difference between LA and The OC?
Show of hands, really?
Arte finally realized that there is a cultural and political difference between Los Angeles and Orange County. See what happens when you get a Billboard salesman from Arizona wanting to run a baseball team in Southern California. While the technical term: “Orange Curtain” was not used, the attorneys described it as an emotional “curtain” between LA and The OC. Being on the inside of the Orange Curtain the difference is like night and day. All one has to do is look at the history of SoCal to realize why the southern part of Los Angeles County split off to form Orange County. “The OC” became a separate political entity in 1889 so its citizens could better regulate its resources.
During his testimony Arte revealed that he didn’t discuss the new team name with Disney nor did he talk to Dodger’s owner Frank McCourt. In addition, he simply did not read the lease. Ignorance of the law is not a defense (at least in a criminal case). One major difference that was noted was Arte also changed his demeanor towards the city attorney. Instead of the jokes and wisecracks that he used on Friday, Arte responded with simple yes or no answers.
One more issue that arose during the trial was an observation made by one of the Sports reporters at the Los Angeles Times. Apparently he noticed someone carrying a bag that said “Freedom Communications” in the Jury Box. Freedom owns the Orange County Register. Even those two papers are feuding neighbors, but I don’t see the Register being called the “Los Angeles Register of Orange County.” (If you spell out the initials it almost spells “LAROChe,” isn’t that a scary thought!)