Arena derangement syndrome

The way cities bend over backwards to build arenas never ceases to amaze.

In the latest news from Sacramento, the city has had to set aside $750,000 to defend a lawsuit alleging city officials gave ”secret subsidies” to the Kings to lure them into the recent $477 million arena deal.

Stockton had a few fiscal watchdogs that opposed our arena — correctly as it turned out — but the foes of Sacramento’s arena are implacable. Not caring if they become the most hated people in Sacramento, they are determined to kill the arena.

The last two grafs of the SacBee story are telling.

“Councilman Jay Schenirer … said there is “absolutely no basis” for the lawsuit and said it was forcing the cash-strapped city to spend money on something it shouldn’t.

“It’s $750,000 that we cannot spend on police, that we cannot spend on community centers and that we cannot spend on providing services for young people – all of which should be our priorities,” he said.

If the city is cash-strapped, and those services are so important, why is the city building a $477 million arena?

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