Saturday, May 25, 2013
What a delightful surprise. Not sure about Kings future but it does seem Sacramento has a shot at remaining a "big league sports" town. The mayor gets credit for bringing financial resources and political clout to keep the NBA in Sacramento. And this has been accomplished without changing the city charter.
Making appointment of Bill Edgar and Betty Masuoka unanimous, was the mayor's best vote since his election. Now city can save the "head hunter" fee and apply it to legal fees we'll need to sue the Maloofs. Why waste money looking for management talent we already have? The mayor is now free to focus on bringing a Jewish Deli to the central city. (How can there be a 'world class city" without a Jewish Deli?)
Thanks Suzanne. Excellent photo essay. Perhaps now it's time to hold a charette involving 2 or 3 hundred residents and businesses to scope out how Sacramento wants this area to be developed. You know, like we did for the Kay Street Mall. Perhaps Mr. Friedman would cut a check to fund this event. We certainly have the architectural smarts (Ron Vralakas, David Mogavero, Richard (Railyards) Rich, et. al. to lead the discussion. Not to mention public agencies, CADA (already deeply involved), RT, even SACOG.
Does anybody think it odd that the $40+million to upgrade the asset of a private corporation is being charged to local taxpayers? Where is the County Taxpayers Association when we really need them?
Great article Kathleen. Brief but to the point. Worst part of Kings' departure is the loss of about 1K jobs. Perhaps follow-up article, and there will be some, could include the puzzling financial arrangements (loan or loan guarantee) between city and Maloofs. What will city gain with Kings departure?
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