I e-mailed this to my and all the other council members today
Jay and others,
I'm dropping you a note as a resident of District 5 to ask if the City can ever manage to get anything accomplished. My focus today is on the arena issue. If the Maloofs move the Kings it is not just sports fans who will suffer. As you know they own the arena.
If they leave they will have no stake in Sacramento and will certainly sell the land Arco/PBP sits on for redevelopment, leaving the City, the Capital City of the 7th largest economy in the world, without a venue - not just for basketball, but for concerts, rodeos, truck pulls, boxing - anything.
We'll all drive to the Bay to see any kind of major event? How will that look to businesses considering Sacramento, or to the businesses already here when they consider relocation. We all know how it will look.
Further, I believe intuitively that a beautiful sports and entertainment complex anchoring the rail yard development will pay for itself to a large degree as time goes on in business revenues from taxes, etc... It will be a good investment. This issue has Nothing to do with cops or schools or street sweeping and we must stop conflagrating those issues.
This is about a central and vital civic, social and economic anchor and a statement for ourselves and to the State and country at large.
The Empire State building was built in the depths of the Great Depression and completed in 13 months. Look it up.
Can the politicians of Sacramento actually accomplish anything important? Or is it all talk, politics and nonsense? On the politics issue, I believe that the long term blame if the Kings leave, leaving us without a venue of any sort at all, will way outlast any short term heat received. From the same people.
Get something done.