Thursday, July 19, 2012

About Tonight's Public Hearing

To all of our supporters,

I just wanted to reach out to all of you ahead of tonight's joint public hearing.  This is a fantastic opportunity for all of you to express both how important this project is to you and why this is a great deal for the City and County.  While I first and foremost want to encourage all of you to attend as a great turnout will really help our cause, I also want to express to you that it is also important that we handle ourselves with class. 

While I think we all feel that this is a great chance to make our case, I would just ask each of you to appreciate the fact that democratic process here in Seattle is as much a part of our history and culture as the Sonics.  The Councils are simply doing their duty in vetting our deal and asking tough questions and as with most things in life, not every citizen is going to agree with our opinion. As such, we should be respectful of both the Council members and our opposition.  Nothing good can come from rudeness, heckling or booing.  I'm sure that's actually what many people expect from passionate sports fans.  Let's show them that we're better than that. 

We have the facts squarely on our side, so I would just encourage any of you who plan to attend to take a deep breath and relax.  If you plan to speak, do your homework, try to say something thoughtful, helpful, and factual and above all do so in a polite and courteous manner.  Never underestimate the power of being kind, genuine, and respectful. 

– Chris 

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Just a quick reminder that the King County Council and Seattle City Council will be holding a joint meeting this Thursday, July 19thto take public comment on the proposed SODO arena. 

This is an opportunity for you to share your thoughts on the arena proposal directly with Councilmembers. Given your interest in the issue, I would encourage you to attend, listen and share your comments. Both Councils will accept written public comment that time as well. 

Please find details for that meeting below:


Public hearing on proposed SODO arena legislation

Thursday, July 19th

5:30 p.m. Sign-up begins at 5:00 p.m.


Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall

600 Fourth Ave, First Floor


I hope to see you there!





Joe McDermott

King County Councilmember, District 8


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