Your city, under oath

By R.E. Graswich Sacramento media are having trouble explaining what’s really happening with a fascinating little sideshow over the new arena. So I’m here to help. The sideshow concerns City Council member Kevin McCarty and the city’s director of economic

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Why arena initiative is illegal

By R.E. Graswich I have a document that might help residents understand why the petition to stop the downtown Sacramento arena is an illegal revision of the city’s charter. It’s called “Strong Mayor Legal Opinion ” by former City Attorney Eileen

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Steal this blog post

By R.E. Graswich Money is the most important part of getting a new arena built in downtown Sacramento. The story of that money is the second most important part. The Kings, NBA Commissioner David Stern and Mayor Kevin Johnson have

Posted in Arena, Sacramento

Happy Holidays from Vagrant Kings!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from “Vagrant Kings.” The narrative nonfiction best-seller has spread the story of David Stern and the NBA Kings from Sacramento to Oxford, England and Honolulu, and ports in between. Our thanks to everyone who

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$1 million green light

By R.E. Graswich Reading the draft environmental impact report on the downtown Sacramento arena, I came away with one thought: Thank God the Kings are paying for this. And not us taxpayers. The report cost $1 million. The seven-figure investment

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No photos. Or else

By R.E. Graswich The approach taken by the anti-arena group Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork (STOP) bugs me. But until our first Town Hall debate last night, I couldn’t quite explain why. Then it hit me: when two STOP folks

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Arena arguments laid bare

By R.E. Graswich As we near the 7 p.m. start time for Thursday’s arena Town Hall forum and debate at the North Natomas Library, moderated by former City Councilmember Lauren Hammond, a couple of trends have emerged. John Hyde and I get along

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New arena game: Liar’s poker

By R.E. Graswich People who disagree on spending public money for an arena in Sacramento can come together on this much: it’s a huge question for our community. So why are presumably intelligent residents treating the arena like the old

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New schedule for arena debates

Subject: Press Release – Schedule Modified for Sacramento Arena Debates FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts: John Hyde, Bullet Marketing (530) 400-4005 / R.E. Graswich (916) 225-9284 / SCHEDULING MODIFIED FOR SACRAMENTO ARENA DEBATES Two Town-Hall Meetings Postponed, Pending Qualification of Initiative SACRAMENTO, December

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Arena signature drive: Illegal!

By R.E. Graswich Local media outlets are stretched thin these days. Reporters don’t have time to dig around and come up with nuggets known as “enterprise” stories — organic reports developed from instinct and experience. So I’m here to help.

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