The Sacramento City council voted 7-2 on the package during a late-night meeting Tuesday that caps off the city’s yearlong tussle to keep the team from moving to Seattle. Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former three-time NBA All-Star, declared “Long live the Kings” after the final vote, and the chamber erupted in cheers along with team owners.
Attempts to overhaul California’s landmark environmental law are expected to continue next year after the Legislature passed a narrow measure Thursday that focuses on assisting the effort to build an NBA arena in the state capital.
Proposed changes to California environmental protection law unveiled Wednesday could help Sacramento’s effort to keep its professional basketball team, according to the leader of the state Senate.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has announced a new investor to help fill the role vacated by billionaire Ron Burkle in the city’s bid to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle.
Hours before Sacramento officials made their case to the NBA to keep the Kings in town, a citizens’ group filed a “notice of intent” to sue the city to block the proposed downtown arena, according to the Sacramento Bee.
With the clock clicking down, Sacramento city officials took their last shot at keeping the NBA Kings in California’s capital by approving a public-private deal to build a new 18,500-seat arena and retail center downtown.
According to CBS Sacramento, the Sacramento Kings minority owner John Kehriotis is quietly working on his own bid to buy the Maloofs’ majority shares and build a new arena in a northwest suburb in Sacramento.
Mayor Kevin Johnson may be the face of the effort to save the Kings, but Sacramento’s city manager is the man in charge of putting the dollars together for any arena deal. John Shirey is now pushing up the timetable to get an arena deal done to March 23.