Editorial against arena ballot measure disappoints

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 - 11:10 am

Re “City’s arena financing plan appears workable” (Editorials, Dec. 14): I was greatly disappointed with the Sacramento Bee editorial board’s position that a ballot measure on the downtown arena’s financing is not necessary or wise. If spending more than $258 million of taxpayer money is not an issue that all voters should have a voice in deciding, what on earth is? And, as we've seen with the recent billion-dollar expansion of Sacramento International Airport, financial projections can be very iffy at best. To date, City Council sessions, led by Mayor Kevin Johnson, have been filled with pro-arena supporters, while the vast majority of voters have yet to be heard from. The way to do that is to allow them to vote. Why wouldn't all Sacramento voters have a say in a decision that will significantly impact the city for the next 36 years?

-- Chuck Robuck, Newcastle

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