Re "Downtown arena won't snarl traffic, study says" (Page A1, Dec. 17): The rosy assurances that there will be no negative effects from the downtown arena are interesting. A study, paid for by the Sacramento Kings ownership, assures us the arena will cause few traffic problems. The city manager, whose job depends on the pro-arena City Council, assures us that the city will have no problem repaying the $255 million in bonds to help finance the arena. We have even been assured that there will be competitive bidding for the arena construction, though the City Council has already approved a no-bid process and the arena contractors have been selected by the Kings owners. These assurances fly in the face of common sense, but powerful vested interests are determined to build the arena, largely with city funds and regardless of the risk to the city.
-- Jeremy L. Dailey, Sacramento