Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is joining the delegation heading to New York to lobby the NBA to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle.
Steinberg, D-Sacramento, will help make the case that the greater Sacramento political community has rallied around the effort to keep the Kings.
His participation in Wednesday's meeting before a committee of NBA owners was disclosed today by Chris Lehane, a political strategist advising Mayor Kevin Johnson.
Johnson is leading the delegation along with three of the investors bidding to buy the Kings - Vivek Ranadive, Ron Burkle and Mark Mastrov.
Seattle's investors will also make their pitch Wednesday, joined by the city's mayor and county executive.
The NBA Board of Governors is expected to decide April 18 or 19 whether the Kings stay or go.
"There is political support for streamlining the regulatory process of environmentally sustainable and economically vital projects like the proposed Sacramento downtown arena," Steinberg said in a statement today.
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