Extortion is what the Kings do

07/06/2014 9:06 AM

07/03/2014 3:16 AM

Re "Housing advocates put their greed on display with arena suit" (Our Region, June 29): Marcos Breton's column calls the CEQA suit filed against the Kings "extortion." However, the Kings threaten to leave town unless public money subsidized a stadium for their private profit is at least extortion. Why not ask the Kings' billionaire owners to provide public benefits since they are getting public subsidies?

Breton also conveniently omits mentioning that the city is paying $250 million to keep the Kings in town despite a reported larger shortfall in pension funding for the city's workers. He also avoids asking why this amount of money didn't buy a controlling interest in the team so future stadium extortion wouldn't occur.

In previous columns, Breton said he can't imagine a better boost to downtown's fortunes than the Kings' stadium. That's the trouble. Breton's bias limits his imagination.

-- Mark Dempsey, Orangevale

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