Sunday, June 17, 2012

Seattle City Council News Release: Seattle City Council and King County Council to host joint public hearing on proposed SODO arena on July 19

Seattle City Council and King County Council to host joint public hearing on proposed SODO arena on July 19

City Council to hold additional committee meeting on arena on June 29

Seattle – The Seattle City Council and King County Council announced today that they will co-host a joint public hearing on July 19 regarding the proposal for a new multi-purpose arena in SODO. Members of the public are invited to attend and give in-person testimony to City and County councilmembers. Both Councils accept written public comments at any time.

Seattle City Council and King County Council

Public hearing on proposed SODO arena legislation

Thursday, July 19, 5:30 p.m.
Sign-up begins at 5 p.m.

Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall
(600 Fourth Ave, First Floor)

The City Council's Government Performance and Finance Committee has also added a meeting on June 29 to its review of the proposal. The additional meeting and public hearing are highlighted in the City Council's review calendar below:


Wednesday, June 20, 9:30 a.m.

Presentation by Mayoral staff on KeyArena followed by discussion with Chris Hansen

Friday, June 29, 9:30 a.m.

Presentation by Mayoral staff on Initiative 91

Thursday, July 5, 2 p.m.

Committee deliberations

Friday, July 6, 9:30 a.m.

Committee deliberations

Wednesday, July 18, 9:30 a.m.

Committee deliberations

Thursday, July 19, 5:30 p.m.

Public hearing

Wednesday, August 1, 9:30 a.m.

Committee deliberations, possible vote

Monday, August 6, 2 p.m.

Full Council consideration and vote (tentative)

Monday, August 13, 2 p.m.

Full Council consideration and vote (tentative)


Seattle City Council meetings are cablecast and Webcast live on Seattle Channel 21 and on theCity Council's website. Copies of legislation, Council meeting calendar, and archives of news releases can be found on the City Council website. Follow the Council on Twitter and onFacebook.

The next two weeks are pretty big for the arena effort. The special joint hearing on the 19th is an opportunity for your voice to "officially" be recorded as testimony. This is as much a court of public opinion as it is a court held by councilmembers.

The I-91 presentation on the 29th of June should help focus the conversation and deliberation on the parameters the city set for public/private partnerships for sports entertainment. It is unfortunate that some folks have attempted to introduce elements into the discussion that are based on fictional numbers of unlikely futures as a means to veil opposition that represents an expression of being purchased by monied interests and not born of the facts submitted for deliberation.

The bar is set pretty high, compared to a variety of public/private partnerships in Seattle and King County, and will have an influence on non-core government proposals going into the future.


Peter said...

I know you have said Clark likes to look at all the info before making a decision, but do you have any idea how Rasmussen is even leaning? He hasnt commented at all in public and I haven't heard any quotes from him in any of the meetings. I still hope it is 6-3 in favor citywise. Conlin sounds just like pvr in the quotes I've heard him. I think it may come down to appeasing bagshaw on the key and how clark and rasmussen votes.

Mr Baker said...

Rasmussen doesn't care either way. If the finances balance out in the city's favor then I expect him to vote yes on the facts.

I think that the clearer it becomes to them that voting no means they live with all of the downside of an arena in Bellevue then the closer they choose to go with the proposal.
I think that if you watched today's city council meeting that Sally Clark pointed this out.
In the end, this could end up being a 9-0 vote (or close to it), and be painful to watch them get there.

Peter said...

I really hope the county council has the same stance on a public vote as the city council. I really hope the rest of the county council will vote down pvr/Phillips on a public vote. Even though Chris seemed to indicate the county may go that way in an article I read a few days back. I don't even know how they would handle a public vote countywide if the city didn't vote. If they had one w/o the city voting I'd be afraid Bellevue voters would vote no and that'd be enough for it to fail.

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