Gabriel San Roman
Anaheim Mayor Helped Sack Gas Station Set to Rival Political Ally at the Pump
Updated: Aug 13, 2020
Morning commuters pull up to a Shell station in Anaheim Hills where a gallon of regular gas costs $3.99 if paid for with a debit or credit card. The fuel stop at the intersection of Imperial Highway and La Palma Avenue remains the sole such outpost near the on-ramp to the 91 freeway. That’s how it’ll stay after Anaheim mayor Harry Sidhu led the charge against a proposed Arco gas station opening up across the street, successfully blocking the development during a June 18 council meeting.
In doing so, Sidhu just happened to preserve a monopoly for Navaz Malik, the Shell station owner and political supporter who attended the mayor’s victory party at his estate in Anaheim Hills; within a few months Malik, in turn, transformed council chambers, with Sidhu at the helm, into a full-service station.
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