Saturday, August 28, 2010

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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
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19 comments:

Peter said...

Regarding my email to jan drago,how long do county officials take to answer emails? I wrote dow way back last november and havent heard anything. If there is something underway thats sensitive, do you think drago wont email back at all?

Peter said...

As far as the AFL is concerned, if the rumor were true, would we need an new arena long term to get a team? I think someone wrote on SC that all the new AFL expansion teams are in NBA/NHL arenas. I just dont see the key even cutting it for an AFL team. Looking at the other AFL venues in major markets, they all have pretty good arenas. The yard dawgz may play in a 40 year old arena, but i dont see the key being much better. It`s went largely unchanged for almost 50 years.

Mr Baker said...

I sent her an email back in January. She responded within a week. There wasn't nearly as much council activity going on at the time.

Peter said...

If something is in the works like a user fees request for next legislative session, when do you think we`ll hear about it? I hope if it happens they will annouce it earlier than the ballmer annoucement. Not annouceing it until the session was almost over played right in to the naysayers hands imo.

Mr Baker said...

That kind of thing takes legislative action, so, January. Prior to the session starting legislators plan what they want to work on, and local county and city governments plan on what kind of help they plan to ask for from the legislature.

My guess is that you will not hear much about legislative action until after the November election.

2 months.

What you hear now are rumblings from groups that are wanting, like Sonicsgate folks saying that now is a good time to contact your legislator. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't, but it doesn't hurt.

Peter said...

Was asking if drago knew anything about the brock and det things ok? I was just thinking at the time that those reports could be related to the nicastro thing. If she dosent know about the brock and det things, then are we looking at several different arena investment groups?

JAS said...

I asked about Chopp a few threads down. Now I ask about Licata: in last fall’s election against Jessie Israel he got about 57% of the vote. That’s a comfortable margin of victory, but it was considerably down from the last couple of elections, where he got around 77% or 78% of the vote. Do you think that’s an indication that support for him among the electorate is and has been eroding? Or was that just a fluke (i.e., a combination of a strong opponent and sports fans still mad at him over his role in the Sonics’ departure), and he’ll get his usual 78% or so the next time he’s up for reelection?

Mr Baker said...

http://www.seattle.gov/council/budget/attachments/2010-8-13_budget_priorities_mayor_letter.pdf

Here is the letter the council sent to the mayor two weeks ago on legislative priorities.
All but Mike OBrien and Nick Licata signed it.

It is not just about the Sonics. Nick finds minor ways to separate himself from the rest of the council on minor things, so he looks pragmatic and flexible, but after a few years it plays out as the worst of both worlds, indecisive and unable to participate in group decisions.

Everything about his election should have had him beating Jessie by double digits. She was an unknown first timer. Give her credit, she found the weakness, him, and exploited it. He was losing to... him.

I think she could beat him the next time around, but I doubt she has to wait that long. I think she has a meaningful shot at replacing Jean Godden, if Godden chooses to end her run.

Back to Nick, he should be a target by anybody interested in running. His next opponent might want to do a little more homework and beat Nick with his own record. He has voted for and against the same things enough times to amplify an image of being a human sandbag for the sake of political posturing. This may be true of plenty of people that he been in office long enough, but it is clear that this message sticks to him.

Mr Baker said...

Oh ya, he won by the smallest margin of any city council incumbent running in that election.

Peter said...

Even xteve criticized the bleacherreport article posted on SC about seattle not deserving an NBA team, but it just seems like momentum is stalling for us getting a new team. I know we`ve been hearing about alot of potential efforts going on, but it just would so refreshing to hear a update on the progress on these efforts. I guess thats why i wrote drago about the progress of the nicastro thing. If there are groups out there, how far along would they have to be for an annoucement? I`m trusting people like brock and det at face value, but if a plan actually exists, are there reasons why they would stay silent? Even if there are, its so frustrating right now. It just seems like we`re running in place.

Peter said...

Still no response from jan drago. Its been 6 days. Ugh.. Frustrating debate on SC right now on speculation vs. Lying. It just seems to me speculation is more " it`d be great if this happened " and nothing else. If you say " there is a group, but i dont see it happening quickly" or " i`m amazed at the effort going on right now", something better be happening. Otherwise, in my book its a lie. Or at least very misleading.

JAS said...

I really wouldn’t worry about what Sofa King thinks. He doesn’t know anything special. He just has a shtick where he tries to be a tough-minded “realist”/pessimist.
Brian’s posts seem to indicate that something will happen eventually. He knows more than we do. If he were to ever say that it was over, that nothing was going to happen, and that we all needed to move on with our lives and forget about the NBA, then I’d believe it. But that’s not what he’s been saying at all. So focus on what he’s saying, not what Sofa King is saying.

Mr Baker said...

3 quick points
1. Anybody can write for Bleacherreport. I used to feed stories from my old, old blog.
2. The story says that that guy doesn't know anyone or anything.
3. Fuck Sofa King, he is a hater.

Peter said...

I know..... Sofa king is really getting on my nerves. Anyways, i asked if drago knew anything about the brock and det things just to find out if they were related to the nicastro thing. Might as well. but you have to agree, if they both are talking like that w/o knowing anything at all, it is extremely misleading, right on the verge of lying. If you dont know anything, you just say " it would be good if this happens,but i dont know anything. Anything else is just in bad taste.

Peter said...

This is the address i used when i emailed jan drago:
jan.drago@kingcounty.gov did i use the right address?

Mr Baker said...

You used the right address, she might be super busy with the budget, she might not get back to you very quickly

Peter said...

Some people on SC are saying that if there are people interested in building an arena, they would have stepped up when the team was still here. If there are people interested right now, why do you think they have waited so long? Call me a optimist, but i just dont see an private arena/user fees as big of a stretch as some on SC do. We have better leadership in the county now and people are talking about an arena. Things are looking up.

Peter said...

Why are some people so down on the brock and det reports? By no means should we start celebrating yet, but it seems like some people wont even admit it`s moderately good news. I just dont think if either of them weren`t sure what they were saying was from a reliable source they would say anything at all. .

Peter said...

I know dow said he would work with ballmer to redo keyarena, but now that keyarena is out of the picture, has ballmer shown any signs he would go in for an new arena w\ the county?
Where did ballmer say he was still interested but he was looking for a partner? I dont recall seeing that. I know we havent had someone with the means ballmer has interested until now, but why do you think all the cities that privately funded arenas did it while the nbas financial model was broken and seattle didnt?

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