As bad as it may sound to someone... this is only a 1/10th of what Sacramento had to put up with the Kings... and they stayed.
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If the financial backing is there without help from the city then what we are talking about is just grinding through the political process. In that light, I wouldn't be concerned about any article that includes dire language related to funding from voters. I'm pretty sure Mark & Co know that that's off the table. They're looking elsewhere for financial support.
Vic Tarfur is reporting this too.
If the Mayor really arrived 20 minutes late at a meeting with people who have the keys to lending 200 million green ones for a major infrastructure project in your town, that's a very poor show.
First, on the location. Its not the potholes in the roads, which frankly I don't see as that bad, its the neighborhood. The Colisuem is within spitting distance of some hardcore, violent-prone areas. Would you put your money into that place, with the City as a whole battling tremendous financial challenges? On the other hand, as pointed out above, the City of Sacramento got it done. The location (K Street Mall) is so-so at night but a new arena will go a longs ways to making he downtown safer and more attractive at night. Actually, crime is not that high around there especially compared to West Oakland or the International Blvd area near the Coliseum. A challenge for both cities is lack of corporate sponsorship (to buy luxery boxes). I think the new owners just really want to be owners of a pro sports team are are willing to risk some capital. The city must cough up some big bucks too and their plan is to re-pay the construction loans with money from parking revenues from the downtown area in general, not just the arena parking lots (they are selling the rights to city parking to outside vendors).
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Lol. You must think highly of Jean Quan or you just don't know who she is if you're getting fussy about her being late 20 minutes.
Have we gotten any of that? No. Have we gotten other statements by Mark partially backing up what he said to Kawakami that evening (concerning the Raiders not moving to Santa Clara)? YES.
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