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Kings To Stay in Sacramento; Share Your Thoughts

A deal for new arena has been reached.

A deal for a  has been reached that will allow the , The Sacramento Bee is reporting.

"Deal has been struck between City and Maloofs. HUGE hurdle leapt. Be cautiously happy people,"  wrote onTwitter. "There are still hurdles left. A few. Big ones have been crossed. Trying to do a show with tears in your eyes is not as easy as you'd think."

The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote at 10 a.m. Tuesday on a resolution pledging the use of 1,500 downtown parking spaces to the potential new arena. The county hopes to secure at least $500,000 in annual revenue from the parking deal to fund its regional parks.

If a deal for a new downtown arena had not been reached, the Kings would have moved, likely to Anaheim or Seattle, .

Now, thanks in part to Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who will speak at the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce luncheon on March 27, that will not happen.

Linda Park February 27, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Great news! Not only for a Kings fan, but also, because it will definitely mean a lot of jobs for a city that needs all of the jobs it can get. Interesting to see how this will play out.
Victor Calderon (Editor) February 28, 2012 at 12:36 AM
This is great news for Kings fans and employees, especially those in Fair Oaks. Readers, what do you think of the news? -Victor in Carmichael
Bob Fernandez February 28, 2012 at 01:35 AM
This whole thing about a new sports arena to keep the Kings is ludicrous! We already have a sports arena. A new downtown transit hub and rebuilding the city center is much more important and much, much more than what a new sports arena could possibly bring. -Bob Fernandez in Fair Oaks
Joshua Staab (Editor) February 28, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Very valid point, Bob. What is it do you think about that transit hub and city center that makes them more important prospects than a new arena?
D Lodge February 28, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Just wondering where the money is going to come from to replace the parking revenue that is shifting to private. I am all for keeping the kings but not at the cost of public revenue that is needed in this economic downturn. Also where is the rest of the greater sacramento governing bodies involved in this. They also have a economic stake in this along with the city of sacramento.
Dan February 28, 2012 at 02:40 PM
So very excited to see more traffic downtown. This is going to be great. I'm also happy we'll be getting all these new jobs in Sacramento, all we have to do is pretend that all the jobs that rely on the current arena aren't going to be lost. The kids going to school can't read because of cutbacks but who cares, now we can stick them in front of the TV and ignore them..... As you can see, I don't give a hoot if the Kings stay. Special note for Patch staff, its getting annoying when you post comments asking questions to attempt to keep the string of comments going, please stop.
Eve February 28, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I agree with Bob. Cities need more than JUST a sports team. Put money into downtown and the railyard. Other cities have done a far better job than we have. First impressions do count for visitors to Sacramento...our airport terminals are a good first impression followed by our Capitol and Crocker Art Museum. Old Town is getting better. Our rivers are jewels. Then one hits J and K streets and sees the empty railyards and must ask themselves 'what happened?'
Harold February 28, 2012 at 09:00 PM
OK, Now That KJ Is done romping around the country on Taxpayers money to Keep the kings in sac.NOW he need's to put the same amount of effert in The People of Sac.who could care less...How about some JOBS, If the people of sac. are so Blind to think that a new Arena Is going to bring the BIG Jobs Like everyone is thinking..Guess Again..UNLESS your a UNION Worker the jobs will be very Few...WAKE UP SACRAMENTO...The Rich are going to get richer and the Poor are Going to get a lot more POORER..ITS time for a CHANGE.....It's time to think about who's the mayor really care's about.......
Joshua Staab (Editor) February 28, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Thanks for the feedback, Dan. I have to ask though (sorry), why wouldn't you want me to ask the community questions?
Alf Tanner. February 28, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Nobody asked the taxpayers, nor gave them the vote for airport expansion, but the airport was expanded, you were all taxed, and it's for the better good of the community, right? They have been talking about building this arena since I was a child and I now in my 30s. Build it, already! Jobs will come. People will come. Downtown will be embraced like it's never been before in my lifetime. These are facts, people! Look at Indianapolis. Look at China Basin in San Francisco after the Giants moved there. New buildings! New shopping! New infrastructure! This can happen to Sacramento. Dream big people. Think big. Build it and they will come. Do nothing and and your self fulfilling prophecies will come true. We never build anything anymore in this country. It's time we did. Let's start with the arena in the rail yards.
Dan February 29, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Hi Josh, the comments I see from the Patch staff usually have the formula of one very brief sentence related to the post then a question that seems more an attempt to keep the conversation going rather than a genuine question. Perhaps I'm wrong, but that's the impression I get. I'm all for questions, if they are genuine.

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