Arena Proposal on the Ballot

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, August 4, 2004
No public money for an arena right? RIGHT! We want money for what, for schools, YEAH, and libraries, YEAH, all right (applause). Sacramento City Councilman Dave Jones led the rally in front a youth community center in Tahoe Park. He’s the council’s most vocal opponent of the plan. Teacher Lydia Cruz was also at the event. She says the city shouldn’t use public dollars to build an arena while youth programs go under-funded. What is the city of Sacramento saying to the children of Sacramento? Go play in the streets while we build a nice arena and a nice playground for the Kings at our expense? I don’t think so. But Mayor Heather Fargo, who supports a downtown arena, says money spent on youth programs won’t be touched. The funding for an arena would not be taking that money away. It doesn’t tap our city’s general fund in the way that we spend on youth programs. City officials want to split the cost of a new sports arena with the owners of the Kings basketball team and to hold the cost of the arena to 350-Million dollars. Steve Milne - KXJZ news.