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The Natomas Chamber of Commerce today criticized the NBA and Maloofs for backing an arena plan weeks before the Sacramento First task force is scheduled to make its recommendations to Mayor Kevin Johnson and the public.
In a statment released today, chamber officials announced plans to launch a "Keep The Arena In Natomas" campaign during a press conference set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Five Star Way and Del Paso Road. The chamber is a partner in the Natomas ESC group which presented a proposal at City Hall yesterday for an arena and entertainment complex on 100 city-owned acres located north of Arco Arena.
"Natomas needs representation in the discussion about where a new sports complex should be located," said Marni Leger, a chamber board member and "Keep the Arena in Natomas" campaign chairperson.
Chamber officials said they were disappointed in the NBA and Maloofs who yesterday announced support for a plan that would involve complex land swaps and relocating the State fairgrounds onto the current arena site in Natomas. The 12-person Sacramento First task force has yet to fully review all seven proposals put forth by developers and is not scheduled to make a recommendation until March 11.
Said Leger, "In tight times, the more economical proposal to build a new arena in Natomas should be considered."