When Golden 1 Center opens this fall, the city of Sacramento will get the free use of one full-sized swanky suite for all events except NBA playoff games.
In his column, “Community heroes, not politicians, should get dibs on city’s arena suite” (Forum, June 12), Foon Rhee wrote the “suite shouldn’t be reserved just for politicians or bigwigs. This is a golden perk that is much better used to reward good students or community heroes.”
With taxpayers forking over $255 million of the $535 million arena, “we deserve a good return on the investment, and the civic events and luxury suite are the most concrete payoffs,” Rhee said in the Conversation that asked: Who should get first dibs on seats in the city’s luxury suite at the new arena?
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Treat volunteers to the luxury suite
I hope the city of Sacramento does notice some of its heroes and some of its most helpful, hard-working volunteers.
There are a lot of volunteer groups that deserve recognition. Right now, I will focus on Sacramento CERT, which is the volunteer arm of the Sacramento Fire Department. Volunteers from this group give countless hours to the city during various events, for search and rescue, for patrolling beaches to ensure kids are wearing life jackets, and helping those affected by fires.
I hope the city recognizes volunteers and all they do.
Kathy Winkelman, Sacramento
He nominates his hero, grandfather
I’d like to nominate my 95-year-old grandfather, Alfred Baez. He’s not only a community hero, he’s an American hero. He’s a veteran of World War II and the Korean War – a member of the greatest generation. Also, he will be celebrating 75 years of marriage in January.
And most of all, he’s a die-hard Kings fan who watches every game without fail, win or lose. He’s the greatest example of a man I’ve ever known.
Sean Tyree, Orangevale
Laura Locker Bell – Yes. Turn it into a reward for service, for accomplishment, for good citizenship, not just another political perk.
Karen Campbell – Brilliant idea: One night as Symphony Night, with all the symphony volunteers; a series of Library Nights, one for each branch; a night for each museum.