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Trip Advisor ranked Sacramento as one of the Top 30 Cities to visit in America. The top-5 reasons: Lady Bird, Old Sacramento, farm-to-fork Restaurants, mid-town dining scene and the American River Parkway (ARP). No mention of a basketball arena. But Sacramento spends little (attention or dollars) on either Old Sac or ARP. #SmarterInvesting

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Thanks largely to the popularity of "Lady Bird," Sacramento is featured on a list of the top 30 U.S. cities to visit in 2018.
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This is just funny. Hypocritical, but funny. https://twitter.com/CrownDowntown/status/768282242946707456

“Adelson said his stadium more important than convention center upgrade. What's the return on public's $750M? https://t.co/R1rKVoBulu
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Interesting... the Bee had these documents, but instead tweeted about what the color of NBA owners' socks meant...

Is there now proof that majority owner Vivek Ranadive asked city for $100 million in “sweeteners"?
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Wait... shiny, taxpayer funded stadiums and arenas don't bring about public nirvana? Who knew.

Fans share gripes about 1st Levi's Stadium experience The first event at the stadium was a soccer game between the Seattle Sounders and the Earthquakes and drew a crowd of 48,765 - about two-thirds of capacity for 49ers games. (The amusement park won't operate during Niners home games.) And the team…
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For a third straight year, Sacramento earned an “F” grade from a group measuring small-business friendliness among cities nationwide. In a report scheduled to be released Tuesday (Aug. 5), San Francisco-based Thumbtack.com, which fosters the hiring of local help for various jobs, ranked Sacramento d…
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Former head of Caltrans Adriana Gianturco has resurfaced in the fight against the new Sacramento Kings arena, Dan says.
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Both Sacramento City Councilman Cohn and Elk Grove City Councilman Cooper are Democrats. They are vying with fellow Democrats, Sacramento City Councilmen Kevin McCarty and Darrell Fong, to claim two Assembly seats currently held by Democrats, Assemblymen Richard Pan and Roger Dickinson, who are seek…
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Slash public employee pension benefits and public services while diverting the savings into lucrative subsidies for professional sports teams. Officials in the financially devastated city said their plan to slash public workers' pension benefits will move forward. Many of those subsidies are being e…
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In recent years, Sacramento has slashed public services and raised regressive taxes to balance the state budget. Now, there's finally a state budget surplus,
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"We still owe about $180 million on the stadium," Miley noted, thanks to the mid-1990s makeover that city and county taxpayers paid for to bring the Raiders back from Los Angeles."

While the A's are trying to negotiate a deal to stay in the O.co Coliseum for another 10 years, the Raiders are in talks to tear down the stadium next year to make way for a new home for the NFL team. The talks, revealed in a memo to Mayor Jean Quan from planners of the city-backed Coliseum City spo…
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One the leading voices supporting the arena: "the oft-quoted figure of $7 billion dollars for Sacramento is rather silly. "

Economic studies say Sacramento made a mistake with their new arena deal. But that doesn't necessarily mean they did.
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Eye on Sacramento report on the proposed arena bonds...

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The dribbling Mayor gambling with taxpayer money

Sacramento is poised to make one of the most expensive wagers in its history Tuesday, when the City Council votes on a binding agreement with the Kings to build a $477 million arena at Downtown Plaza. The public’s end of the bargain: a $255 million subsidy. In return, the Kings will convert the down…
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In the midst of some questions about mystery mailers that were sent out protesting a Sacramento City Council candidate, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law Wednesday that bans the use of so-called dark money loopholes that some campaign contributors are using to hide their political donations.
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Four Anaheim City Council members received campaign contributions over the aggregate limit from the recipient of a controversial hotel tax subsidy, triggering a conflict of interest, lawsuit claims.
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Ironic that Sacramento will loan money from its "risk management fund" to the Kings. "The city will loan the Kings around $12 million from its risk management fund to cover permits and fees that the team has to pay before construction begins."