Kings move to Seattle less likely, battle heats up over Prop 32
A Kings move to Seattle less likely as NBA arena deal hits a snag: Things were looking good for Seattle’s bid to get a new basketball arena, Ryan Lillis reports in The Sacramento Bee today – until the city council balked at the plan for sharing tax revenue in the deal.
All eyes were on Seattle recently as a potential relocation spot for the Sacramento Kings, but any move for the team hinged on a deal for an arena. As Sacramentans know well, arena deals can be a tough business, and can blow up. Welcome to the club, Seattle.
“This doesn’t appear to be a death blow for Seattle’s arena plans,” Lillis writes. “But it’s certainly worth noting that the political climate in the Emerald City seems less inviting to Seattle’s arena deal than Sacramento was to its own plan.”
Special note: Lillis will be joining City Councilman Steve Cohn for a Sac Press Live video chat Wednesday at noon with editor-in-chief Jared Goyette. Lillis and Cohn will discuss the recent credit card scandal at City Hall (which Lillis first revealed in the Sac Bee last week), and how the East Sacramento community plans to recover from the playground fire at McKinley Park.
Meanwhile… state legislature is considering giving $30 million in disputed redevelopment funds to an NFL stadium for the 49rs.
Ozzie and Harriet… and Will and Grace: A state bill allowing a child to have more than two legal parents has moved from the senate to the assembly and may soon be on the Governor’s desk.
“Democratic Senator Mark Leno of San Francisco says he wrote the bill to recognize non-traditional families,” reports Amy Quinton at Capital City Radio, “where there might be biological non-custodial fathers or surrogate mothers.”
Opponents say the bill could wreak havoc on family law, but Leno says it would only apply in family court “when required to protect the best interests of the child.”
The battle is heating up between business and labor over Proposition 32, according to a report by Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle. The measure would ban unions and corporations from contributing money directly to candidates and eliminate payroll deductions – the primary way for unions to raise money. Yesterday, the National Federation of Independent Businesses in California endorsed the measure.
Local labor leader Bill Camp, executive secretary of the Sacramento Central Labor Council, said his group is adamantly opposed to the measure.
“It just puts big business and corporations in the catbird seat,” Camp said. “It’s another way to push out the labor movements.”
But Jake Suski, a spokesman for the measure, said in the Chronicle article that the initiative "clearly makes no exceptions. It applies to both corporations and unions.”
More than $12 million has been raised to fund the battle so far, Garofoli reports, and it looks like the fight will keep getting bigger up to November.