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Placer County representatives part of new arena task force

60-person regional task force to evaluate funding options
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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Members of the Here We Build Regional task force will meet for the first time Thursday to look at cooperative ways of building a new sports and entertainment complex in Sacramento. The 60-person task force includes government officials, business owners and potential financial backers. Here We Build’s primary purpose is to oversee construction of a new entertainment and sports complex. Without a new arena, Sacramento Kings owners, Joe and Gavin Maloof, have said they plan on the moving the NBA team to another market. State Senator Ted Gaines(R-Roseville) is co-chair of the executive committee. District 4 Supervisor Kirk Uhler was chosen as another member of the task force to represent Placer County’s interest in the project. Other Placer County members include Auburn city councilwoman Bridget Powers, Loomis councilwoman Sandra Calvert, Roseville councilwoman Susan Rohan and Rocklin councilman Scott Yuill. Gaines said that while he would not support a plan that included a tax increase for Placer County residents, he does hope the committee can find creative ways to fund an arena. “I’m just trying to do what we can to keep an NBA team, the Kings, in Sacramento, while at the same time looking out for the interest of taxpayers,” Gaines said. “They’d like to get this figured out by August. Basically the compressed version is, let’s take a look at this, help find if there is a plan that works and if there is, let’s release the information.” In the meantime, Gaines said Kings fans can show the NBA that Sacramento is still a viable market for a team by purchasing season tickets and going to games. For those opposed to a new sports complex or indifferent to the Kings staying in Sacramento, Gaines said they should evaluate the plan proposed by Here We Build before criticizing. According to Uhler, the committee does not have the power to approve a plan, only discuss ideas and present the options. Losing a professional sports team would detract Fortune 100 businesses from Sacramento, according to Uhler. “I think that as a region it is important to our region that we maintain our professional sports franchise and our status as a pro franchise city,” Uhler said. “From an economic development standpoint it would be a huge black eye.” Uhler said he would not support a sports complex funded with public funds from Placer County either, but does hope a solution exists within the private sector. “I think it absolutely has to be private sector driven,” Uhler said. “It’s going to be a very tough sell to start having a conversation about public financing. We have to be more creative than that.” Uhler said some residents of Placer County have already stepped forward with ideas. “One of the ideas came from a constituent who is very conservative who said he wouldn’t be willing to pay two pennies of public funds to support this,” Uhler said. “However he might be willing to become a part owner.” According to Uhler, the constituent’s idea was to build the sports complex through a corporate sharing program. Uhler said that he is looking forward to seeing the economic benefits a sports complex could have on the county before determining if it would be worth public investment. “No, I’m not inclined to support something like that. But by the same token it’s important to look at the project as a whole,” Uhler said. “If you look at things as a whole, what are the future revenue possibilities? Does it make sense to make a public investment?” King’s fan Jerry Fisher of Auburn said that he realizes most residents of Placer County wouldn’t support a tax-increase to build a new arena, but he might be willing to if it meant his team would stay in Sacramento. “If we can’t keep a major team in the (state) capitol, it’s a pretty sad story,” Fisher said. “I’m a basketball freak. Would I give up a little of my shekels? Yeah. I’m not going to pave a golden road up to a new arena though.” Reach Sara Seyydin at saras@goldcountrymedia.com. ______________________________________________________ Here We Build will organize a set of meetings open to the general public. A full list of public meetings and events is scheduled to be released later this week. Here We Build Public Meeting No. 1 Topic: Public-Private Partnership Models Date: Thursday, June 16 Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Location: Sacramento Central Library (828 I St. East Meeting Room, 1st Floor) ______________________________________________________ The following is a list of the executive committee members for the Here We Build regional task force, spearheaded by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. 1. Darrell Steinberg (co-chair), Senate President Pro Tem, California State Senate 2. Ted Gaines (co-chair), Senator, California State Senate 3. Roger Dickinson, Assembly Member, California State Assembly 4. Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor, City of West Sacramento 5. Phil Serna, Supervisor, Sacramento County 6. Rob Fong, Council Member, City of Sacramento 7. Chris Lehane (executive director), Partner, Fabiani and Lehane 8. Willie Pelote, Assistant Director, Political Action Department, AFSCME International 9. Adam Loveall, Director of Administration and Legal Affairs, United Food and Commercial Workers 10. Bob Balgenorth, President, State Building and Constructions Council 11. Darius Anderson, Founder & CEO, Platinum Advisors 12. Dorene Dominquez, Chairman, Vanir Group of Companies. 13. Lina Fat, Vice President and Director of Research and Development, Fat City Inc. 14. Liane Randolph, Attorney, Arden Park Resident 15. Tom Friery, Former Sacramento City Treasurer, City of Sacramento ______________________________________________________ Here We Build Committee of The Whole The following is a list of committee members for the Here We Build regional task force, spearheaded by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. Name Title Organization/Affiliation Angelique Ashby, Council Member, City of Sacramento Michael Ault, Executive Director, Downtown Partnership Mike Barnbaum, Mobility & Production Trainer, Sacramento PRIDE Industries Rick Benner, Chief Operating Officer, Fire Recovery USA, LLC Linda Budge, Council Member, City of Rancho Cordova David Butler, CEO, Linking Education and Economic Development Sandra Calvert, Council Member, City of Loomis Larry Carr, Board Member, SMUD Sherwood Carthen, Bishop, Bayside of South Sacramento Steve Cohn, Council Member, City of Sacramento Rick Cole, Pastor, Capital Christian Center Carla Collins-Mixon, Chair Young Leaders Group, Urban Land Institute Bob Cook, Owner, Bob Cook Company Skip Davies, Vice Mayor, City of Woodland Gary Davis, Council Member, City of Elk Grove Steve Detrick, Mayor, City of Elk Grove Nathan Dietrich, District Director, Office of Congresswoman Doris Matsui John Duke, Mayor, Yuba City Blake Ellington, Founder, Here We Stay Woody Fridae, Mayor ,City of Winters Steve Gandola, President and CEO, Sacramento Hispanic Chamber Azizza Goines, President, Sacramento Black Chamber Mary Jane Griego, Supervisor, Yuba County Steve Hammond, President and CEO, Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau Gregory Hayes, Communications Director, Office of Senator Kevin De Leon Rex Hime, President and CEO, California Business Properties Association Richard Hyde, Attorney, Law Office of Richard H. Hyde Rick Jennings, CEO, Center for Fathers and Families Gary Johnson, President, Zoom Imaging Solutions, Inc. Al Johnson, Consultant/Owner, Al Johnson Consulting Matt Kelly, President, Sacramento-Sierra’s Building and Trades Council Jason Kinney, Principal, California Strategies Jon Knight, Supervisor, El Dorado County Pat Fong Kushida, President and CEO, Asian Chamber Jefrey Leacox, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig Martha Lofgren, Interim CEO, Metro Chamber Gary Maisel, President and CEO, Western Health Advantage Leslie McBride, Council, Member Yuba City John McCasey, Executive Director, Sacramento Sports Commission Robert McGarvey, Mayor, City of Rancho Cordova Andy Morin, Mayor, City of Folsom Richard Pan, Assemblymember, California State Assembly Art Pimintel, Mayor, City of Woodland Bridget Powers, Council Member, City of Auburn Danny Rascher, President, Sports Economics LLC Eric Rasmussen, Managing Partner & Corporate President, Rasmusson Public Affairs Jack Reynen, President, Artisan Communities, Inc Susan Rohan, Council Member, City of Roseville Don Saylor, Supervisor, Yolo County Warren Smith, President, Clean World Partners LLC Kirk Uhler, Supervisor, Placer County Dave Weiglein, Founder, “Here We Build” grassroots effort Josh Wood, Vice President, Region Builders Jimmie Yee, Supervisor, Sacramento County Scot Yuill, Council Member, City of Rocklin