Rat Flap

So there is a big to-do over the vermin infestation found by health inspectors at Angel Stadium. Go here to read the article at the OC Register if you haven’t already.

I’m wondering why, with 33 “major” violations over 2 1/2 years, the food concessions have not been shut down. I’m going to take a wild guess and say that most restaurants with that kind of record would have been shut down multiple times.

Why is the stadium allowed to play by different rules?

This is just one more reason Orange County should switch to posting the letter grades of eating establishments like Los Angeles County does. LA County doesn’t get a whole lot of things right, but that is definitely one of them.

5 Comments so far

  1. Michael Doss (unregistered) on August 6th, 2007 @ 11:17 am

    I agree that the concessions SHOULD have been shut down. Of course, when I used to go to the stadium more regularly, various stands WOULD be closed – I always assumed it was due to expected crowds that day, but you never know.

    That said, I don’t know if letter grades will make a huge difference here – plenty of OC Restaurants are closed every day for these violations. I just think the stadium, for whatever reason, is getting a break.

  2. Mike Randall (unregistered) on August 6th, 2007 @ 12:35 pm

    Ewwww! That was my first reaction when I saw the article on Sunday. Then I saw all of the violations and was even more retched by them.

    I’m never eating at the concession stands again. The letter grade system, while not perfect, would be a great step in the right direction. When I eat out in LA the first thing I do is look at the letter grade, if its a B or C, I’m taking my money and my health elsewhere.

    First class team but a rat infested stadium, not quite the experience that I had in mind when I think of Angels Baseball.

  3. Mike Randall (unregistered) on August 6th, 2007 @ 12:38 pm

    This just hit my inbox from the City of Anaheim:


    ANAHEIM, Calif. – (August 6, 2007) – The following statement can be attributed to David M. Morgan, City Manager:

    “Representatives of the City of Anaheim management team have been in contact with the staff of Angels Baseball regarding the recently publicized issues concerning the vermin and pest violations at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

    Angels Baseball is contracted to maintain Angel Stadium as part of their lease agreement with the City. The guest experience is of paramount importance to the City of Anaheim and Angels Baseball and these recent violations are of serious concern to both of us.

    Anaheim takes tremendous pride in our public facilities. We believe these feelings are shared by Angels Baseball management, who manage the stadium and maintain its cleanliness on behalf of the fans and the people of Anaheim. Our expectations are that Angels Baseball will immediately address these issues.”

    The Anaheim City Council will receive a briefing on this issue as part of their closed session agenda at tomorrow’s regularly-scheduled City Council meeting.

  4. Jon (unregistered) on August 6th, 2007 @ 12:51 pm

    The letter grades make a HUGE impact on where I choose to dine when in LA County. The addition of those grades to Orange County’s eating establishments would be a welcome change indeed! Think of all those theme parks that would hang their heads in shame…


  5. Gina (unregistered) on August 6th, 2007 @ 8:22 pm

    I adore the letter grades. At least then I can make an informed choice about where I am eating, rather than assuming the place is clean.

    I think it provides a HUGE incentive to the business owners. I mean, who wants to put up a C?
    And a C, by the way, is really bad. I’ve heard that a B is pretty nasty, too.

    And, it is killing me that the Google ads on the sidebar are about rat extermination. Mabye I should send the links to Mr. Moreno!

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