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Mayor Kevin Johnson and the owners of the Sacramento Kings, the Maloofs, have crossed paths a few times since the handshake deal for a new downtown arena splintered – and both the arena and discussions with the team owners are expected to be key topics at his weekly press conference Tuesday morning. Here's our Twitter coverage of what they mayor had to say:
The conference occured after tense words were exchanged in the media between Johnson and George Maloof after the tentative agreement for an entertainment and sports complex fell apart last week – but that didn’t stop Johnson from reaching out to the team owners Friday.
According to Joaquin McPeek, spokesman for the Mayor’s Office, Johnson flew out to Las Vegas Friday to meet the Maloofs at their family-owned hotel, The Palms.
McPeek said in an email Friday that “core principles” of the failed arena deal weren’t discussed at the impromptu meeting, but “both sides agreed that open lines of communication would be in everyone's best interest moving ahead.”
Maloof’s spokesman Eric W. Rose issued a statement Friday acknowledging the hour-long meeting between Johnson and George Maloof.
“The meeting was cordial; however, nothing definitive resulted from the meeting,” Rose said in the statement.
Johnson and Joe and Gavin Maloof were at the Kings game at Power Balance Pavilion later Friday night, but – again – there was no discussion of arena business, Johnson told media after the game.
Johnson said that a follow up conversation would happen, however, no one at the mayor’s office could confirm a planned date or time for follow-up meetings Monday.
Meanwhile, a meeting of the group spearheading the arena initiative – the Think Big Sacramento committee – took place Monday in Sacramento, but there has not been a report on the information presented at the meeting.
Johnson was not in attendance at Monday’s Think Big meeting, according to McPeek, however it will likely be another topic of discussion at Johnson’s press conference Tuesday.
The Sacramento Press will cover the mayor’s press conference on Tuesday. If you have a question you’d like us to direct to the mayor, let our political reporter Melssia Corker know via Twitter, @MelissaCorker, or leave a comment below this story.